Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a powerful tool to flatten a stomach that has been stretched out by pregnancy or weight gain. It is best to wait until you have reached your goal weight first, then have the surgery as your results will be much better. Liposuction is included as part of the tummy tuck to further smooth the hips, upper abdomen, and pubic area.
Liposuction is a great treatment for stubborn fat pockets that persist despite exercise and a healthy diet. It works best when the overlying skin has good tone and is not stretched out. Dr. Isom uses power assisted liposuction utilizing small cannulas and a special pre-tunneling technique that smooths divots and irregularities in the skin. This technique decreases risks of skin injury, bleeding, fluid collections, and contour irregularities. Incisions are less than 5mm and placed in inconspicuous areas.
Labioplasty is a common procedure to reduce labia minora that extends beyond the labia majora or outer vagina. Large labia minora can cause pain, dryness, and irritation which is easily treated with labioplasty. A wedge excision method is used which preserves normal sensation and improves the appearance. The procedure can be done in the office under local anesthesia. Many women are very self conscious about this issue; however, this is a very common problem, and patients are thrilled with the results of the procedure.
Arm lift or brachioplasty removes loose hanging skin from the upper arms. This commonly done after significant weight loss as the skin will not shrink on its own. Depending on the severity of loose skin, incisions are placed on the inner arm or in the armpit. Downtime is minimal with arm lift, and it can be combined with other body contouring procedures.
Thigh lift is used to tighten loose hanging skin over the inner thighs. Incisions are hidden in the groin crease. This procedure is common after significant weight loss.
A belt lift or total body lift combines an abdominoplasty with a posterior body lift (buttock lift) to smooth and tighten the entire trunk. It is best performed after weight loss with a healthy, stable body weight. It is the only way to effectively get rid of loose, hanging skin after significant weight loss. It is a more involved operation which usually requires an overnight hospital stay. Many patients still feel fat after loosing weight if there are folds of skin remaining. A belt lift simply completes the weight loss process and is a great reward for reaching your goal.