We perform different body contouring procedures including:
1- Liposuction: This is a very common procedure that involves removal of fatty tissue to improve the shape and contour of the abdomen, waist line, abdominal muscles and other areas. The procedure is done through very small incisions through which cannulas are introduced into the fat cells under the skin, the fat is emulsified then sucked through the cannulas using an aspirator device. The fat can be discarded or harvested in a sterile fashion to be transferred to other areas of the face or body, this procedure is called AFT (Autologous Fat Transfer). The fat can be transferred to the face (same like dermal fillers as Juvederm and Restylane but with longer lasting effect). Other areas to receive the transferred fat include the breasts to achieve breast augmentation using patient’s own fat without the need for implants. Another common use for AFT is transferring the fat to the buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift) to achieve fuller, lifted and curved buttocks.
2- Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty): This is a very common cosmetic procedure that involves removal of the excess skin from the abdomen with shaping the waistline, lifting the mons area, tightening the muscles of the abdomen and transposing the belly button. The procedure is done with or without liposuction.
3- Flankplasty: This means tightening of the sides and the waist line with removal of skin with or without liposuction, this usually involves a lateral thigh lift
4- Lipoabdominoplasty: This is a term used to describe adding liposuction to abdominoplasty. Common approaches are Avelar and Saldanha abdominoplasty. Avelar abdominoplasty involves liposuction of the abdomen and a lower tummy tuck (below the belly button). Saldanha involves liposuction of the abdomen and a full tummy tuck limiting the dissection to the central part of the abdomen
5- Reverse Abdominoplasty: This includes placing the incision in the upper abdomen, usually hidden under the breast to tighten the upper part of the abdomen
The patient below had Lipoabdominoplasty with flankplasty and lateral thigh lift. Tightening and shaping of the waistline creates a superior aesthetic appearance after tummy tuck. These results are only 2 months afte the surgery with a fresh incision that is still healing, the scar is faint after full healing
Below is another example of Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with tightening of the abdominal muscles to eliminate a common condition called “Diastasis of the recti” which means separation of the straight muscles in the central part of the abdomen.
The picture below shows a Brazilian Butt lift. The patient had lipoabdominoplasty and the fat was taken from the abdomen, waistline and lower back, harvested then transferred to the buttocks. Notice the nice projection and volume of the buttock area immediately achieved during surgery.