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All About Abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck

This is best suited for women and men who have loose abdominal skin and/or a significant amount of abdominal fat that won't respond to dieting or exercise.

Women with an abdominal wall that has been weakened by pregnancy also are great candidates for abdominoplasty.

THE CONSULTATION

A personal consultation is the first step for every patient considering abdominoplasty. During this meeting, I will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your specific cosmetic goals for the procedure. The quality of your abdominal skin, amount of excess fat and status of the underlying abdominal wall will be assessed at your initial consultation. This exam will allow me to determine if you will benefit most from a full abdominoplasty, mini-abdominoplasty or liposuction alone.

THE PROCEDURE

After you are placed under a general anesthetic, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. The length of the incision depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. I try to keep the incision within swimsuit lines, when it is possible. Working through this incision I will tighten the underlying abdominal wall by placing sutures in the strong fascia of the abdominal wall if needed. Any excess skin and underlying fat from the abdomen is trimmed away. Skin that contains stretch marks may be removed as well.

THE RESULTS

With a full abdominoplasty, all of the skin and underlying fat from the belly button to the pubic hair is removed. A full abdominoplasty will require an incision going from the pubic area to both sides. A second incision will be made around the navel so it may be positioned correctly after all the excess skin is removed.

The "mini" abdominoplasty - This procedure may benefit you if you are primarily dissatisfied with the appearance of the abdominal area below the navel. A mini abdominoplasty requires only a short horizontal incision and no navel incision.

THE RECOVERY

Day of Surgery

After your surgery you will spend up to 3 hours in the recovery room. If you are spending the night you will then be transferred to the overnight room where you will be monitored and cared for by a nurse. If you are not spending the night you will be discharged home. You will be given prescriptions to get filled. You will need someone to drive you home. There will be a mildly compressive garment on to help reduce swelling. You will need someone to pamper you this first day, as you will be very sore. You will have at least one drain in that the nurses will show you how to use. Your abdomen will feel tight, you should rest with several pillows behind you to keep your abdomen flexed to relax it.

Day 1 (After Surgery)

Leave the garment on. Try to walk a little but mainly just rest. It is not uncommon to notice a little drainage on the garment. You will still be very sore. Record the drain output on a daily basis. Your abdomen will slowly feel less tight.

Day 2 - 7 (After Surgery)

You will slowly feel better with discomfort gradually improving. You may gradually increase your activity. Do not lift anything over 5 pounds. You will be asked to come to the office 5-7 days after your surgery for suture and drain removal. You can shower 1 day after drain removal. Do not drive.

After 1st Week

Pain and swelling continue to improve. Some people feel up to working, doing light activities only, after the 1st week. Continue to wear the garment unless you are in the shower, for a total of 4 weeks from the date of surgery. If your swelling is minimal some people do like to switch to snug fitting bike shorts after 2 weeks. You will be asked to come back to the office about 2 weeks after suture removal for a follow-up visit.

After 1st Month

You may resume most activities but I would still take it easy for another month. Mild exercise programs may be resumed. No lifting over 15 pounds. The garment can be left off. You will be asked to come back to the office for another follow-up visit about 7-8 weeks from the date of your surgery. After this visit you will have no restrictions.

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All About Blepharoplasty / Browlift

More than any other facial feature, you eyes are the most revealing. When someone first meets you your eyes are the first things that they notice. Puffy, drooping eye lids or eyebrows give a fatigued, angry look. Eyelid surgery can remove the excess fat and drooping skin of the eyelids giving a more alert and rested appearance. Sagging (ptosis) of the eyebrows occurs as a person ages just as the rest of a persons skin. This eyebrow ptosis not only causes a tired angry appearance itself but also causes the appearance of excess upper eyelid skin and "crows feet" wrinkles lateral to the eyes. Many patients need the eyelids and eyebrows addressed at the same time.

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR EYELID OR BROWLIFT SURGERY?

Eyelid and brow lift surgeries are performed on men and women of all ages who want to improve their appearance. These surgeries are usually performed to minimize the effects of aging.

You may be a good candidate for:
  • Lower eyelid surgery if you have:
    • excess skin and wrinkles of the lower eyelids
    • puffy "bags" under your eyes
    • sagging lower eyelids
  • Upper eyelid surgery if you have:
    • excess skin hiding the natural fold
    • skin hanging over eyelid margin
    • puffiness of the upper eyelid
  • Browlift surgery if you have:
    • inherited low set eyebrows
    • sagging eyebrows that give the appearance of excess upper eye lid skin
    • "crows feet" wrinkles lateral to your eyes
    • forehead wrinkles
Some medical problems can affect the eyelids and need to be taken into consideration if eyelid surgery is planned:
  • thyroid problems
  • abnormally dry eyes
  • glaucoma or detached retina
THE CONSULTATION

A personal consultation and exam is very necessary for someone considering eyelid or brow lift surgery to access the multiple factors involved and explore the various options and possible medical problems. You should be prepared to provide complete past medical information including previous surgeries, medical problems and medications.

During the consultation we shall evaluate the skin quality, fat pads in the eyelids and tone of the eyelids. I shall manipulate the eyebrows and eyelids with you looking in a mirror to evaluate what procedure gives you the result that you desire.

THE PROCEDURE

Lower Eyelids: Usually an incision is made just beneath the eyelashes. With this incision excess skin and fat can be removed. Occasionally the fat is not removed, just repositioned in areas of hollowness. If only excess fat is to be removed this can sometimes be done with an incision inside the lower lid called a "transconjunctival blepharoplasty.

Upper Eyelids: An incision is made that follows the natural lid crease about 1/3 of an inch above the eyelashes. Excess skin, muscle and fat can be removed with this incision. By following the natural lid creases the incision is camouflaged when it heals.

Browlift: The browlift procedure can be done with 4-5 small incisions hidden in your scalp and using an endoscope to do the required surgery at the eyebrows. This endoscopic technique works very well in many patients. Some patients with very lax skin I feel have a better long-term result with the classic "open" technique, which utilizes an incision across your scalp. Both methods can have excellent result in the appropriate patient. Neither approach requires shaving of hair.

RECOVERY

The eyelid surgeries and browlift surgeries are done as outpatient procedures. You may have bruising and swelling early on. Using ice packs over the eyelids for the first 1-2 days may help as well as keeping your head elevated. I usually see patients the day after surgery to check the healing process. Eyelid sutures are usually removed in about 3 days and scalp sutures after about a week. Around two weeks after the surgery most all of the swelling and bruising have subsided.

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All About Breast Augmentation

Women who choose to have breast augmentation surgery do so to improve their self-image. Some feel dissatisfied because their breasts never developed to a size that meets their expectations. Others want to bring balance to a breast that is somewhat smaller than the other.

Often, women want the procedure to restore their natural breast volume, which may have decreased as a result of pregnancy, weight loss or aging.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Any one of the following feelings or conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for breast augmentation:
  • you are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
  • weight loss has changed the size and shape of your breasts
  • after having children, your breasts have become smaller and have lost their firmness
  • dresses that fit well around your hips are often too large at the bustline
  • one of your breasts is noticeably smaller than the other
  • you feel self-conscious wearing a swimsuit or form-fitting top.
In addition, there are several musts for anyone considering breast augmentation- - if you are a young woman, your breast development must be complete - you must be emotionally mature and fully understand your own motivations for wanting the procedure (the best reason is to feel better about yourself) - you must have realistic expectations, knowing that the procedure can bring improvement, but not perfection.

THE CONSULTATION

A personal consultation is the first step for every patient considering breast augmentation. During this meeting, I will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your specific cosmetic goals for surgery.

You should arrive at the consultation ready to provide complete information about:
  • previous surgical procedures
  • past and present medical conditions
  • medications you are taking, including herbal remedies or nutritional supplements
  • the results of mammograms you have had
  • any history of breast cancer in your family

I will help you understand the factors that may affect your results. For example, gaining or losing a significant amount of weight may change your breast size. Pregnancy can also alter breast size in an unpredictable way. If you are over 35 a mammogram should be considered prior to surgery.

During this exam, I will consider the size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin and the placement of your nipples and areolas (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipples). I may suggest additional cosmetic procedures to improve your results. For example, if your breasts are sagging, a breast lift procedure may need to be performed in conjunction with your breast augmentation surgery.

THE IMPLANT

There are currently two basic types of breast implants approved for use. The saline filled implant which has been the only implant approved for the last decade and recently the silicone gel implant has been made available again. I still favor the saline filled implant for most patients because it has less chance of capsular contracture formation and there is no chance of silicone gel migrating through the breast tissue. A smaller incision is needed for saline filled implants, about 3 cm (1 inch) since the implant is filled after it is inserted. The saline filled implant is slightly firmer and does have a greater chance of rippling. The silicone gel filled implant is a little softer and has less chance of visible rippling but does require a bigger incision, usually about 5cm (2 inches). Since the silicone gel implant can have the gel migrate through the breast tissue if the shell ruptures it is recommended by the manufacturer and FDA to have an MRI to check for rupture 3 years after the surgery and every 2 years thereafter. We will discuss the differences between these two options at length during your consultation. I also give patients the options for what style of implant to use however the round smooth implant seems to be the most natural. Some patients with a narrow chest wall benefit from use of a high profile implant to minimize lateral fullness.

THE PROCEDURE

The surgery is performed under a general anesthetic and usually takes less than 1 1/2 hours. Most patients elect to have a small incision at the edge of their areola but axillary (armpit) and lower border of the breast incisions are options. The incision at the edge of the areola is usually not an option with silicone gel implants due to the length of the incision needed. I place most implants beneath the pectoralis muscle, however just beneath the breast tissue is a good option for some patients. Beneath the muscle gives more coverage and support in most women.

PREPARING FOR SURGERY

When the date for your surgery has been set, I will provide you with specific instructions for the days immediately before and after your surgery. Including:
  • avoiding certain medications that may complicate surgery or recovery (aspirin and ibuprofen)
  • stopping smoking for one week before and after surgery is recommended
  • nothing to eat or drink after midnight before your scheduled surgery
  • arranging for help or special care following surgery.
THE RECOVERY

Day of Surgery

After your surgery you will spend 1-2 hours in the recovery room and then discharged home. You will be given prescriptions to get filled. You will need someone to drive you home. Sleep with several pillows behind you to keep your head and chest elevated. There will be a mildly compressive wrap over the breast area to help reduce swelling. Ice packs may be used during the first 24 hours if you wish. You will need someone to pamper you this first day, as you will be very sore.

Day 1 (After Surgery)

You may take the wrap and dressings off your chest and shower. Leave the small steri-strips on that cover the incision. No dressings need to be put back on. You may go braless or wear a loose fitting sports bra, whichever is most comfortable. Do not wear an under wire or pushup bra. Do as little as possible around your house. Lift nothing over 5 pounds. Do not bend over to pick things up.

Days 2 - 7 (After Surgery)

You will slowly feel better with discomfort gradually improving. The breasts will be swollen and usually are fuller in the upper part of the breast. You may gradually increase your activity, but still no bending over and lifting over 5 pounds. You will be asked to come to the office about 1 week after your surgery for a check up. Do not drive as long as you are taking pain pills.

After 1st Week

Pain and swelling continue to improve. Some people feel up to working, doing light activities only, after the 1st week. Gentle massage on the breasts in a downward direction may be started. Gentle sexual activity may be resumed. Most swelling is gone after 3-4 weeks. The fullness in the upper portion of the breast gradually decreases and may take several months to reach your final result. You will be asked to come back to the office about 2 weeks after your last follow-up visit.

After 1st Month

You may resume most activities but still no heavy lifting over 30 pounds. Mild exercise programs may be resumed. You will be asked to come back to the office for another follow-up visit about 7 weeks from the date of your surgery.

After 2nd Month

No restrictions. Continue to occasionally massage the breast. You will be asked to return to the office for a follow-up visit at about 3 months from the day of surgery and yearly thereafter.

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All About Breast Lift

A breast lift or "mastopexy" procedure is performed to raise and reshape sagging breasts. The procedure can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin around the nipple). An augmentation procedure can be done at the same time if you wish larger breasts.

Many patients after breast feeding loose breast volume and wish to have this replaced. If only a small amount of sagging is present, an augmentation procedure alone may be all that is necessary. If your breasts are very large a breast reduction procedure can be performed at the same time and is frequently covered by health insurance.

THE CONSULTATION

At the initial consultation it is important to discuss what exactly you are wanting in regards to nipple position and breast size. I will examine your breast to assess the tone of your skin, areolar size, and quality of your breast tissue. If you are 35 years old or older you should have had a recent mammogram prior to surgery.

THE PROCEDURE

The surgery is performed under a general anesthetic and usually takes about 2 to 3 hours. Most patients can have the procedure done with only a scar going around the areola. After the surgery you will recover for 1 to 2 hours before you go home. The sutures are usually removed about 5 days after the surgery. After one week most patients are able to resume most activities.

THE RESULTS

A breast lift procedure will give your breasts a much more youthful appearance. The nipple will be elevated and excess skin removed making the breasts feel firmer. Decreased nipple sensation should be expected but this resolves in most patients in several months.

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All About Breast Reduction

Women with very large breasts find breast reduction surgery to greatly benefit their life. Patients not only have relief from their symptoms but also the ability to exercise better, wear more fitting clothes and many have psychological benefits. Of all surgeries that plastic surgeons perform, breast reduction ranks among the highest in patient satisfaction. Patients of most any age may have breast reduction surgery, however, most surgeons recommend waiting until after breast development has stopped. If your breasts are causing you discomfort most insurance plans will cover the surgery. We would need to examine you in our office and seek preapproval from your insurance company. You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have any of the following problems:
  • neck, back or shoulder pain
  • shoulder notching from you bra strap
  • heavy, sagging breasts
  • breasts that are too large for your body size
  • irritation and rash beneath your breasts
  • difficulty with exercise and physical activities due to large heavy breasts
  • one breast that is a lot larger than the other
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM THE CONSULTATION?

The first step in having this surgery of course is the initial consultation. During this meeting I will discuss your condition as well as any other medical conditions and medicines that might affect the surgery. We will discuss what size you would ideally like to be, and make a determination of about how much breast tissue will need to be removed. The different options for breast reduction will be discussed. When this consultation is over I will dictate a letter to your insurance company to seek approval. If you have not had a baseline mammogram you should do so if you are older than 35 years of age.

HOW IS BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY PERFORMED?

There are several techniques available for breast reduction. The method used depends upon the size of your breasts and amount of reduction to be performed. The surgery is performed with you under a general anesthesia in either a hospital or outpatient surgery center. Some women go home the same day. For large reductions I usually use a technique that leaves a scar around the areola, then down to the breast crease and extends horizontally in the breast crease. This technique allows removal of a large amount of breast tissue and skin safely. The breast will be firmer with a nice shape and the nipples in a more youthful position. The nipples are left attached to the breast tissue beneath them and most patients do not lose sensation. The size of the areolas can also be reduced. The ability to breast-feed is also usually preserved. Smaller reductions can be performed without the horizontal incision beneath the breast. The only scars are around the areola and the vertical scar down to the breast crease. I have been using this minimal scar (SPAIR) technique with increasing frequency with very satisfied patients. The majority of patients have no complications. The most common is delayed healing of an incision and this rarely occurs unless a patient smokes. It is very important to not smoke at least 2 weeks before and after the surgery.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY SURGERY?
  • Do not smoke for two weeks before and after your surgery
  • Avoid medications that can cause bleeding (aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Nuprin, etc) for about 10 days before the surgery.
  • Arrange for help or special care following surgery.
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About Cosmetic Procedures for the Face

The process of aging, the effects of gravity and the sun, smoking and stress all show on ones face. The lines of the face become more pronounced, the fat in the face sags and the skin of the neck hangs. A facelift helps correct these changes and make a person appear younger and more refreshed. I do this procedure for men and women usually in their forties and fifties.

THE CONSULTATION

During the initial consultation we need to review all of your medical problems, past surgeries and medications. It is very important that I understand exactly what you wish to gain from the procedure. I will evaluate the tone of your facial skin, fat deposits and your neck. I will indicate to you where incisions will be placed and give you an idea of what to expect. It is important for you to understand that you must stop smoking at least 2 weeks before the procedure.

THE PROCEDURE

A facelift usually requires an incision in front of and behind the ear going into the posterior scalp. This allows most of the scars to be hidden in the hair or behind the ears. The excess skin is excised and the underlying muscle and fatty tissue is mobilized upwards. Occasionally excess fatty tissue is excised or liposuctioned. A separate incision is sometimes needed beneath the chin to tighten muscle or remove fat in this area. A large head wrap is placed after the procedure to help control swelling. The procedure is usually done under a general anesthesia as an outpatient surgery. The length of the procedure varies but usually last 4-5 hours.

THE RECOVERY

I usually will see you the day after the surgery to check the healing. The bulky dressing is removed and the skin examined. Occasionally a supportive chinstrap is worn for about 3 weeks. The sutures in front of the ear are usually removed in about 4 days and the rest of the sutures in about 1 week. The swelling is usually the worst after 1-2 days and gradually goes away. Keeping your head elevated for the first couple of days helps keep the swelling down. Most swelling and bruising is gone after about 2 weeks.

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All About Liposuction

This is the most commonly recommended for men and women of normal weight whom simply want to improve their body contour. The procedure can produce excellent results for people who have deposits of excess fat that make certain body areas appear disproportionately large. Liposuction can be used to slim the abdomen, hips, legs, face and neck.

Although liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, it can permanently alter body proportion and is sometimes the only way to eliminate fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise. People of almost any age may undergo liposuction; however, patients with good skin elasticity will achieve the smoothest contour after fat is removed.

THE CONSULTATION

A personal consultation is the first step for every patient considering liposuction. During this meeting, I will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your specific cosmetic goals for the procedure. You will be asked to point out the exact areas where you would like to see improvement. The elasticity of your skin and the thickness of the underlying layer of fat in these areas will be assessed. If you are felt to be a good candidate for the procedure, the procedure and risks will be explained to you thoroughly and all of your questions answered.

THE PROCEDURE

To perform liposuction, one or more small incisions are made near the area to be suctioned. I always try to place incisions within the natural folds or contour lines of the skin so that they are inconspicuous. I then place a slim, hollow tube called a cannula through the incision so that its tip penetrates the underlying fat. The cannula is connected by flexible tubing to a suction pump and is moved back and forth through the fat, which is then vacuumed into the tube. There are several variations of the technique that can be used. The technique that best meets your needs depends on a number of individual factors that I will discuss with you. I usually use a variation of the tumescent technique that uses infiltration of medications prior to the liposuction to decrease discomfort and bruising.

THE RESULTS

Soon after surgery you will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body. Improvement will become even more apparent after a couple of months, when fluid retention and swelling has subsided. For most patients, the final result is evident after about three to six months. After your liposuction surgery, you will notice that clothes fit better and you feel more confident about your appearance. As long as you maintain your postoperative weight, your slimmer contour will be permanent. Many patients who gain a few pounds after surgery find that the weight distributes itself more evenly and does not bulge in the same problem areas once you have had them suctioned.

THE RECOVERY

Day of Surgery

After your surgery you will spend 1-2 hours in the recovery room. You will be given prescriptions to get filled. You will need someone to drive you home. There will be a mildly compressive garment over the liposuctioned areas to help reduce swelling. You will need someone to pamper you this first day, as you will be sore.

Day 1 (After Surgery)

I recommend you leave the garment on. Try to walk a little but mainly just rest. It is not uncommon to notice a little drainage on the garment at the sites where the incisions were.

Days 2 - 7 (After Surgery)

You will slowly feel better with discomfort gradually improving. You may gradually increase your activity. It would be acceptable to remove the garment on the 3rd day after surgery and shower but replace it right after the shower. You will be asked to come to the office 5-7 days after your surgery for suture removal. Do not drive as long as you are taking pain pills.

After 1st Week

Pain and swelling continue to improve. Some people feel up to working, doing light activities only, after the 1st week. Continue to wear the garment unless you are in the shower, for a total of 4 weeks from the date of surgery. If your swelling is minimal some people do like to switch to snug fitting bike shorts. You will be asked to come back to the office about 2 weeks after suture removal for a follow-up visit.

After 1st Month

You may resume most activities but I would still take it easy for another month. Mild exercise programs may be resumed. The garment can be left off. Some people still feel better wearing snug bike shorts for another month. You will be asked to come back to the office for another follow-up visit about 7-8 weeks from the date of your surgery.
After 2nd Month

No restrictions. There will still be a small amount of swelling. It takes over 6 months for all of the swelling to go away.

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All About Rhinoplasty

REASONS FOR RHINOPLASTY PROCEDURE
  • Nose appears too large for your face.
  • A bump or depression on the dorsum of your nose.
  • A droopy nasal tip.
  • A broad nasal tip.
  • Your nose is crooked.
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose.
THE CONSULTATION

The first step toward having a rhinoplasty is the initial consultation. During this meeting I will listen to your concerns and assess your nose and its proportion to your face. Your overall physical and emotional health will be discussed. After this assessment a surgical plan will be discussed with you including the procedure in detail, expected results and the recovery period.

THE PROCEDURE

The technique used for you surgery depends upon the corrections desired for your nose. The procedure can be performed with intravenous sedation and a local injection or with a general anesthesia. I usually use an open technique, which entails an incision across the central base of your nose. Smaller corrections frequently can require only incisions inside your nose, which is called the closed technique. Once the incisions are made and the framework of your nose exposed the cartilage in the tip is sculpted to the desired shape, the bony framework is modified to the desired size and grafts added if enlargement is desired in certain areas. Small wedges of tissue can also be removed at the base of the nostrils if these are deemed to be too wide. The incisions are then closed. A splint is applied to the dorsum of the nose, and nasal packing is frequently necessary for a couple of days.

THE RECOVERY

After the surgery you will be taken to the recovery room for a couple of hours and then discharged home with prescriptions for pain pills and antibiotics. You need to keep your head elevated to help reduce the swelling. A small amount of bleeding may be noticed the first couple of days. Any sutures that need to be removed are usually taken out about 3 days after surgery. The dorsal splint is usually removed on the third to seventh day. After the first week the swelling has gone down considerably and the bruising if any is resolving. Any residual bruising at this time can usually easily be covered up with makeup. Many people return to work after this first week, with no strenuous activity. After three weeks most normal activities may be resumed and most swelling resolved. Swelling in the nasal tip can be persistent and can take several months to resolve.

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All About Body Lift

This is best suited for women and men who have loose abdominal and thigh skin and/or a significant amount of abdominal and thigh fat that won't respond to dieting or exercise. The procedure combines an abdominoplasty, thigh and buttock lifting and liposuction.

THE CONSULTATION

A personal consultation is the first step for every patient considering a lower body lift. During this meeting, I will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your specific cosmetic goals for the procedure. The quality of your abdominal and thigh skin, amount of excess fat and status of the underlying abdominal wall will be assessed at your initial consultation. This exam will allow me to determine if you just need an abdominoplasty, abdominoplasty with outer thigh/buttock lift or a full lower body lift with an abdominoplasty, outer thigh/buttock lift and inner thigh lift.

THE PROCEDURE

Before going into the operating room you will be marked for incisions and areas for liposuction in the standing position. You then go to the operating room and are placed under a general anesthetic. A horizontal incision is placed just above the pubic area and the excess anterior abdominal skin is removed, the underlying abdominal wall is tightened with sutures in the strong fascia of the abdominal wall if needed. You are then rolled onto your side and the incision is extended around to your back and excess lateral thigh/buttock skin and fatty tissue is excised after doing some liposuction lifting the lateral thigh and buttock areas. If the inner thigh has excess skin and fatty tissue an incision can be place in the groin area and excess skin resected and liposuction performed lifting this area also.

THE RESULTS

As with a full abdominoplasty all of the skin and underlying fat from above the belly button to the pubic hair is removed. The belly button will be brought out a new opening. The lateral thigh and buttock areas and possibly inner thigh areas are lifted tightening the skin and excess fatty tissue suctioned out. Giving you a flatter abdomen and thigh areas with tighter skin.

THE RECOVERY

Day of Surgery

After your surgery you will spend several hours in the recovery room then be transferred to an overnight stay room where nurses will monitor you. Most patients can go home the next day and you will have prescriptions for pain pills and an antibiotic. You will have two drains left in that the nurses will show you how to empty. You will have a compressive garment that helps control the swelling from the surgery. Your abdomen and thighs will feel tight and you should rest with several pillows behind you to keep our abdomen flexed to relax it.

Day 1 (After Surgery)

Leave the garment on. Try to walk a little but mainly just rest. It is not uncommon to notice a little drainage on the garment. You will still be very sore. Record the drain output on a daily basis. Your abdomen and thighs will slowly feel less tight.

Day 2 - 7 (After Surgery)

You will slowly feel better with discomfort gradually improving. You may gradually increase your activity. Do not lift anything over 5 pounds. You will be asked to come to the office about 7 days after your surgery for suture and drain removal. You can shower 1 day after drain removal. Do not drive.

After 1st Week

Pain and swelling continue to improve. Most people would feel like returning to a desk job after 2 weeks. Continue to wear the garment unless you are going to shower for a total of 4 weeks. If your swelling is minimal some people do like to switch to snug fitting bike shorts after 2 weeks. You will be asked to come back to the office about 2 weeks after suture removal for a follow-up visit.

After 1st Month

You may resume most activities but I would still take it easy for another month. Mild exercise programs my be resumed. No lifting over 15 pounds. The garment can be left off. You will be asked to come back to the office for another follow-up visit about 7-8 weeks from the date of your surgery. After this visit you will have no restrictions.

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Gary D. Hall, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Advanced Cosmetic Surgery
Office Address:
14340 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66223
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