Procedures frequently performed by Dr. Reis
Liposuction, Tummy Tuck and Mommy Makeover
New mothers are often plagued by excess fat around the abdominal area, a looser lower abdominal wall causing a “pooch”, sagging skin of the abdomen and sometimes upper thighs, deflated breasts that have fallen compared to before, stretch marks, and spider veins. This affects not only the women’s physical appearance but also their mental wellbeing. Women complain of such issues as anxiety, fatigue, depression, and a decreased libido as a result. All these factors can hinder your ability to enjoy life.
Luckily, due to the advancement in technology, there are procedures that can address all of these issues and concerns. For instance, you can now get liposuction awake under local anesthesia in the office in just a few minutes.
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. With liposuction, unwanted or excess fat is removed from the targeted areas to contour the body. Some common areas are the abdomen, chest, neck, arms, and even the legs. Liposuction can be done on its own or in conjunction with other procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or combined with other body contouring procedures.
Unlike many fad procedures that use freezing, heat, lasers or radiofrequency to reduce fat, liposuction has immediate results, reliable and predictable outcomes, minimal complications, and is often less expensive than multiple non-invasive procedures typically required to see any results. We actually frequently perform liposuction on patients that have undergone these other non-invasive procedures who are unhappy with their results or even have contour deformities and “shark bites” as a result of these non-invasive fat reduction procedures.
TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)
An abdominoplasty is the medical term for a tummy tuck. Unwanted fat and skin, due to pregnancy, trauma, or the general stresses of life, are removed from the lower abdomen to achieve a flatter, slimmer stomach.
The goals of a tummy tuck are threefold:
- Reduce excess skin and laxity from the lower part of the abdomen
- Tighten the abdominal wall deeper to restore the narrower abdomen that tapers out at the level of the hips
- Remove excess fat from the upper abdomen, waistline, love handles and lower back with liposuction.
The fundamental most important part of a tummy tuck is tightening the deeper abdominal wall which becomes stretched during pregnancy or weight gain, in a fashion very similar to tying up your shoes or tightening a corset. Every patient is different and based on your unique anatomy and goals, requires a custom-tailored approach to cosmetic surgery. A tummy tuck can be done through many different incision patterns and lengths and some patients are even ideal candidates for a mini tummy tuck, which uses an incision not much longer than a C-section incision.
Although parenthood is one of the greatest pleasures and joys in life, almost every mother wants to restore their pre-pregnancy body. Even with the incredible amount of hard work and discipline it takes to diet and exercise to regain your pre-pregnancy weight, it’s never possible to restore the tightness of the abdominal skin, the contour or the lower abdomen, and the shape and position of the breasts with diet and exercise alone. This is because although your skin and tissues are remarkably elastic and stretch to accommodate all of the changes of pregnancy, they are limited in how much they can contract back and never reach the pre-pregnancy levels.
Fortunately, through a mommy makeover procedure, you can achieve this. Mommy makeovers combine multiple procedures at once to achieve the desired results. These combination procedures may include breast augmentation, breast lift, buttock augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, and even vaginal rejuvenation. Most simply, mommy makeovers include the appropriate form of tummy tuck depending on your anatomy and goals, a procedure to lift and change the size, shape, and contour of the breasts which depends on the patient’s ultimate size goals, as well as liposuction to trouble areas with stubborn fat. However, additional procedures like the ones mentioned above can simultaneously be done depending on the unique needs and goals of each patient.