SLUCare plastic surgeons offer a full range of cosmetic sculpting procedures to help you achieve the shape you desire.
Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a "tummy tuck," is the surgical removal of excess skin and fat around the abdomen. Tightening of the abdominal muscles is often done at the same time and can be combined with liposuction and other procedures to produce the desired makeover. The procedure may also be performed in patients requiring complicated hernia repair. In these cases, SLUCare plastic surgeons and general surgeons work together to assure an optimal outcome.
Liposuction is a fat removal method that has been perfected over the last 20 years. The procedure uses catheters and suction to remove collections of fat from almost any area of the body. SLUCare plastic surgeons use a variety of liposuction techniques. Smaller areas can be treated in the office under local anesthesia, while larger regions may require general anesthesia. Liposuction can be combined with other body sculpting procedures to achieve the desired final result.
This in-office, non-surgical treatment blasts stubborn belly fat through the controlled application of cold air, freezing the fat cells beneath the skin. The frozen cells are then reabsorbed by the body. When applied in 60-minute sessions over several weeks, CoolSculpting reduces the appearance of fat, producing a flatter belly. SLUCare plastic surgeons can coordinate CoolSculpting with other body contouring techniques to help you look your best.
Following significant weight loss, you may find that you have excess skin in the arms. This may be particularly noticeable when your arms are raised. Through a procedure known as brachioplasty, SLUCare plastic surgeons can remove this hanging skin for arms that appear toned and reflect your new, slimmer shape. Brachioplasty can be done to both arms at the same time and can be combined with other procedures to optimize your physique.
As with the arms, excess skin may appear along the inner thigh in people who've lost a significant amount of weight. SLUCare plastic surgeons can remove this excess skin and fat along the inner thigh (inseam line) to help you regain a more normal leg appearance and fit into your clothes more comfortably. This surgery is performed under general anesthesia and can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as brachioplasty (above).
Aging and weight loss are two common causes of hanging skin in the buttocks area. SLUCare plastic surgeons offer procedures to improve the appearance of this region, either through a buttock lift exclusively or in combination with other procedures, such as abdominoplasty. (This combination is called a lower body lift — the removal of a circle of skin and fat around the middle of the body.)
People may seek body contouring to correct a variety of concerns: normal sagging of skin due to aging, fat deposits that develop from aging, or disproportionate distribution of fat, which may create abnormal body contours. Newer procedures allow SLUCare plastic surgeons to isolate fat from one region of the body, then transfer it to another, reshaping undesired contours and balancing out the body's appearance.
For an appointment with a SLUCare plastic surgeon, call 314-977-4440.