Body contouring involves surgical techniques that remove or tighten skin or tissue and remove fat to smooth out problem areas of the body that haven’t responded to any diet or exercise regimen a patient has adopted. The types of body contouring Dr. Mark Prysi offers at Prysi Cosmetic Surgery include tummy tuck, ultrasonic liposuction, CoolSculpting, thigh lift, arm lift, and mommy makeover.
Also called abdominoplasty, this surgery takes away unwanted fat and other tissue from around the patient’s abdomen. The muscles there are also tightened, and in the end, the patient has a more slender silhouette. Most patients who have a tummy tuck are given general anesthesia. A tummy tuck is an inpatient procedure that lasts between two and five hours. There are a few types of tummy tucks.
Standard Tummy Tuck
In this operation, the surgeon removes excess fat, trims the muscles in the area, and stitches them in place. The belly button needs to be cut free and then repositioned for this operation. This is generally good for after extreme weight loss when you have a lot of excess skin.
Mini Tummy Tuck
In this operation, the surgeon only takes away the fat beneath the belly button. The belly button doesn’t need to be repositioned in this surgery. When you do not have a lot of excess skin, this is a lesser invasive procedure for you.
During liposuction, the surgeon makes tiny incisions in the area to be treated, then inserts a small vacuum cannula into the incisions to remove fat. The surgeon also injects a tumescent fluid into the area to make the procedure easier for both the surgeon and the patient. The introduction of ultrasound waves causes the fat to emulsify. This makes it easier for the cannula to remove and causes less trauma to surrounding tissue.
In CoolSculpting, handheld appliances are strapped against areas of the body that have unwanted fat, and the area is cooled down. Doctors discovered that fat cells are damaged at different temperatures than other cells, and CoolSculpting causes ice crystals to form in the fat cells and destroy them while leaving other cells unharmed. After the fat cells rupture, the body simply removes them as waste.
Women who have given birth and breastfed, especially if they’ve done so multiple times, inevitably have a loss of muscle tone and some skin sagging. Prysi Cosmetic surgery offers the Mommy Makeover, a procedure that often involves a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast lift or breast augmentation. During a breast lift, or mastopexy, the doctor removes excess tissue in the breast, then lifts, tightens, and reshapes it. Some breast lifts can be done with implants for a combination lift and breast augmentation.
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To learn more about body contouring procedures and to find out which is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Prysi by calling our office at (239) 643-3223 or filling out our online form.