Yes. It is possible to have a tummy tuck and go through pregnancy afterward. While some women prefer to wait with tummy tuck surgery until they are done with childbirth, there is no reason you can’t have a tummy tuck at any time. If you have questions or concerns about childbirth and tummy tucks, it is best to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon.
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When we refer to “traditional liposuction,” we mean earlier forms of liposuction when it first became popular. It used manual force using a longer cannula to remove the fat. Aqualipo, by contrast, uses the gentle power of water to liquefy and flush out the fat. It is easier on the body, resulting in less trauma and bruising, and only requires local anesthesia as needed. Most patients are able to return to regular activities the next day. Visit Aqualipo Liposuction or Aqualipo for Men to learn more about the procedure.
We offer radio frequency assisted lipolysis (RFAL) to supplement your Aqualipo procedure for additional skin tightening results. It is a newer form of liposuction that uses radio frequency energy to contract fat cells and tighten the skin. It can achieve up to 35%- 45% skin contraction.
Aqualipo is not a weight loss program. The goal is to remove fat cells, not to lose weight, and candidates should be within 30 lbs of their target weight. Liposuction results are best measured in a waistline or pant size reduction. If you are interested in weight loss, learn about the Orbera Gastric Balloon.
CoolSculpting freezes the fat cells so that your body can subsequently flush them out naturally (meaning through your bodily functions). It’s a non-invasive procedure that requires several repeat treatments to be effective. Aqualipo, by contrast, is a one-time procedure that eliminates the fat all at once. Compared to fat removal with CoolSculpting, Aqualipo achieves much more visible results.
Aqualipo requires the insertion of a tiny cannula under your skin, through which the water is flushed through the tissue to break down the fat cells. To insert this cannula, your plastic surgeon makes several incisions in your skin. These incisions are very small and generally do not require stitches (though some surgeons may place sutures as needed). They are highly unlikely to leave any scars.
We generally advise patients to wait 1-2 weeks before resuming strenuous exercise. However, you’ll be able to return to your day-to-day activities as tolerated the day after the procedure.
The movement of the cannula under your skin can cause slight discomfort. Depending on your needs and preference, pain relief can be provided anywhere from light to heavy sedation, or no sedation at all. Ironically, non-invasive treatments like fat freezing can cause more pain as they are performed without a local anesthetic.
Bruising and swelling are typical side effect of liposuction. How much of it you experience in the days after your procedure depends on your body. Aqualipo typically causes only minor bruising and swelling, because the use of water instead of physical force keeps any disruption of tissue to a minimum.
Aqualipo does not require any general anesthesia. Your liposuction at NuBody Concepts is done while you are awake and comfortable. Any discomfort will be alleviated with local anesthesia and IV sedation as needed. Your recovery is typically fast, allowing you to resume most day to day activities within 24 hours.
Yes. Aqualipo does not interfere with your future ability to have children. Also, the fat that is removed with liposuction will not come back to the treated area(s) even if you become pregnant.
There are two key differences:
a) Men and women often have different types of fat. Men tend to more often have so-called visceral fat, which lies under the muscle and cannot be removed with liposuction. Which type of fat you have is easily determined by the plastic surgeon in your personal consultation.
b) Aqualipo is an excellent procedure for male breast reductions. You may not need a surgical reduction with a longer recovery, if your fat can be removed, and your skin tightened, with Aqualipo. Again, what works best for you is easily determined in a personal consultation.
If you can imagine it, you can do it: stomach, arms, chest, knees and inner/outer thighs are some of the most common treatment zones. Multiple areas can be treated in one visit. Aside from the face, where you’d opt for FaceTite, you can have BodyTite on any problem area with saggy skin.
Results can be seen immediately after your BodyTite procedure, with best results noticeable after 6 weeks, and continuing improvement up to 12 months.
It depends on how your surgeon has customized the procedure. We have found that BodyTite is best paired with our Aqualipo procedure to loosen and remove fat cells before using BodyTite to tighten the skin. You can have multiple areas treated. BodyTite itself takes approximately 15 minutes per treated zone, but if you add in liposuction, your procedure will last approximately 2 hours.
As with other minimally-invasive procedures, your recovery after BodyTite will take about 1-2 days. Patients can typically resume regular activities the next day as tolerated and are advised to wait a week before resuming strenuous exercise.
Studies have shown that BodyTite can achieve 35% – 45% skin contraction. A surgical removal of excess skin, like a tummy tuck, will always be more effective in eliminating all of the unwanted fat and skin, with immediate results. However, many patients like you hesitate to undergo surgery with its longer recovery and scars. BodyTite is an excellent non-surgical alternative to tummy tucks, arm lifts, and thigh lifts. It is ideal for patients who won’t see enough results with liposuction, but don’t want surgery. You will still see a big immediate difference and your results will continue to improve for up to 12 months.
It is a form of liposuction, with the official name of Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipolysis, or RAFL for short. However, it uses neither physical force nor water liposuction to break up and remove fat. It uses heat energy to damage fatty tissue in underlying cells, and thereby contracts the skin. It is most effective when used in conjunction with the aforementioned more traditional liposuction methods for maximum fat removal and skin tightening.
No. Breast implants only require IV sedation and local anesthesia. This has the benefit of a much faster recovery, lower cost of the procedure, and less of the risks associated with general anesthesia. Visit our Breast Implants page for more information.
At NuBody Concepts we offer both choices. While silicone implants are more common, we do offer saline implants as an alternative. Some of our patients select saline implants because they are a more affordable option and can be inserted through a smaller incision around the areola/nipple. Silicone implants are generally considered to have a nicer shape and feel. To learn more about the differences, read Breast Implants: Saline or Silicone?
Gummy bear implants, also called highly-cohesive implants, are a newer type of silicone implant that has a denser texture that allows the implant to retain its shape over much longer time periods. Gummy bear implants are a great option if you want a more natural look that focuses more on the shape of your breast and not simply size.
Since we don’t use general anesthesia for your breast surgery, your recovery time is reduced from 2 weeks to approximately 3-5 days. However, we advise patients to abstain from strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for a minimum of 2 weeks.
We would love to talk to you about breast implants during a personal consultation with our plastic surgeon. It’s the best way to have all your questions answered. For further reading, you might also try the Plastic Surgery FAQ category of our blog.
As with any cosmetic surgery, there are no absolutes, since the human body continues to change over time. And along with your body, your breasts can change shape due to aging and gravity. However, the results of your breast lift will be long lasting. The key to the best results is to maintain your weight and to observe a healthy lifestyle based on good eating habits and exercise. Visit our Breast Lift page to learn more about the procedure.
A breast lift does not inhibit breastfeeding, as no vital functions are affected by the surgery. However, it would be our recommendation to wait with a breast lift until after childbearing. The breasts change during pregnancy, and then again afterwards as you lose excess weight, and this could negatively impact the improvements you get from a breast lift.
Just like with implants, the incision lines from a breast lift are permanent. However, they will fade and become near invisible over time. Also, a skilled plastic surgeon can “disguise” the incisions by working along the natural folds of the breast as well as the natural edge where the areola meets the lighter skin of the breast.
Studies have shown that a breast lift can actually decrease your cup size, so it’s important to discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon in your personal consultation. If you want an increased cup size, or even the same cup size as before, you may need to supplement your breast lift with implants.
A breast reduction is designed to be permanent, so it is important to weigh all options before you have the procedure. However, breast volume can and does change during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Most likely your breast size will temporarily increase and then drop back to the size after your reduction. To learn more, also see Breast Reduction and Male Breast Reduction.
This is a valid question, and much writing has been dedicated to the topic. It has also evolved over time. Today’s surgery techniques are designed to preserve lactation functions, so that breastfeeding is likely not affected after a reduction. However, if you are planning to breastfeed, you should discuss this with your plastic surgeon.
A breast reduction procedure can be performed at any age. However, it is best to wait until your breasts are fully developed to ensure the best results.
For most women, the biggest areas of complaint are the upper thighs and buttocks. This is typically where you can see the biggest improvement in a reduction of that dimpled skin associated with cellulite. However, skin tightening treatments are not limited to the thighs and buttocks. If you have lax skin anywhere on your body, we can treat and tighten it.
Results can be seen 3-5 days after the procedure once the swelling has gone down, should you experience any. If your cellulite is removed with BodyTite radio frequency treatment, your results will continue to improve over the course of 12 months, with excellent results noticeable after 6 weeks.
It depends on how your surgeon has customized the procedure, but in general you can estimate approximately 15 minutes per treated zone. If you add in liposuction to remove fat in addition to tightening the skin, your procedure can last 2- 2.5 hours.
When using a minimally-invasive cellulite treatment like BodyTite, your recovery will take 3-5 days. Patients can typically resume regular activities the next day as tolerated, but are advised to wait a week before resuming strenuous exercise. When using a non-invasive cellulite treatment like Exilis or ThermiSmooth, there will be no notable recovery period.
Cellulite is not an easy problem for plastic surgeons to tackle. The outcome depends on your skin elasticity and amount of subcutaneous fat. When we treat cellulite, we are really treating age-related skin laxity by using various means of skin tightening technologies. Such a treatment provides a reset point for your skin, meaning your skin looks younger and fresher after your procedure, but from then on the natural aging process continues. New weight gain could also speed up the emergence of new areas of dimpled skin. But generally speaking, you do not need any repeat treatments when treating cellulite. Your results will also continue to improve over the course of a year, as the tightened skin contracts further.
Every patient has unique circumstances, and we will make sure to put together a procedure that best fits your needs. We typically combine minimally-invasive techniques such as liposuction and radio frequency assisted lipolysis with targeted surgery. Our goal is to ensure that you achieve the desired results while keeping your recovery time to a minimum. The less invasive the procedure, the faster your recovery. By using local anesthesia and IV sedation as needed we help you avoid a longer recovery.
Typically, a facelift is defined as a procedure that lifts the lower face and/or neck. Other procedures such as eyelid surgery (to tighten the skin of the lower or upper eyelids), brow lifts (to raise and/or arch the eyebrows or eliminate a hooded upper eyelid) and forehead lifts (to tighten the skin and help raise the brows) can easily be combined with such a facelift to give your face an overall more youthful appearance. But they are not automatically part of what we call a facelift.
No. As needed, our surgeons perform all procedures under local anesthesia combined with IV sedation to ensure your comfort throughout. This eliminates the potential risks associated with general anesthesia and also considerably speeds up your recovery. Learn more about our facelifts here.
After a facelift procedure it is common to experience some bruising and swelling, meaning results will not be visible immediately. Your results will continue to improve for 1-3 weeks after your surgery. On average, patients need 3-7 days before going back to work and/or resuming mild exercise, depending on the invasiveness of the procedure. Strenuous exercise can be resumed after 2 weeks or as advised by your surgeon. If you had stitches placed as a part of your facelift, the incisions – though discreetly placed – will take longer to heal and fade, but can typically be covered with makeup. In short, you will need about 3-7 days before resuming normal and public life.
The most dramatic results from a facelift can typically be seen in the neck and jawline. If you have sagging jowls with a lot of excess skin around your jawline, you can expect to see the biggest difference in your side view with a slimmer neck and a gently curved linear jawline.
Since a facelift turns back the clock to give you a younger appearance, you could argue that the results of a facelift are permanent. Ten years after your facelift, you will likely still look younger than you would have without a facelift. However, you might no longer be satisfied with your look ten years down the road and might opt for another facelift at that time. How effective your facelift is and how fast you age afterwards also depends on other factors such as genetics, skin elasticity, the state of your skin before the facelift, and sun exposure, just to name a few.
As your skin ages, you will initially be able to stave off the effects with a combination of non-invasive treatments – an injectable to erase fine lines and wrinkles, fillers like Juvederm and fat transfer to replace lost volume, and lasers to improve skin tone and texture. But once your skin and muscles begin to droop, most easily seen in your jowls, it may be time for a facelift. This can occur at any age from 40-70. In general, facelifts are more effective when performed earlier rather than later, when your skin quality is still good, and when fillers alone can no longer make up for lost volume.
FaceTite is comparable to a surgical facelift in its results, but without the scars. It provides dramatic improvement in skin laxity on the face and neck. In the past, this could only be addressed with a surgical facelift to remove the excess skin. Using radio-frequency energy, FaceTite can melt fat and tighten the skin to get surgery-like results.
FaceTite is a minimally-invasive procedure. This means patients can go home after the procedure and resume regular activities shortly thereafter. There is no lengthy recovery period.
Any areas on the face and neck where there is saggy skin can be treated. Double chin and jowls are popular areas, but any area with deep lines and loose skin can benefit from it. (For any other area not in the face, BodyTite is a better option.)
The biggest benefit of FaceTite is that you can achieve surgical-like results without the surgery. This means no large incisions, much reduced post-op swelling or any kind of discomfort, and a much faster recovery. And the results will look entirely natural.
We use Aqualipo for all our fat transfer. Aqualipo is a minimally-invasive fat removal procedure that is especially gentle on the tissue. Using a closed system, the fat cells are loosed and flushed out, then collected and kept viable until they can be injected into the target area. To learn more about the procedure, also see Fat Transfer.
Most patients choose to have fat taken from their abdomen. There are two reasons why this is a good area: it typically contains more fat than other areas, and by making it appear slimmer, you are already making the parts where you want to have more volume stand out. Fat can also be taken from the inner and outer thighs.
One of the most common areas for fat injections is the female breast. It is safe, it is natural, and it can add much-needed volume to sagging breasts. Other areas may not be as evident but can benefit equally. One is the face, where the fat can act as a natural filler. The hands are another area that can often benefit from a natural filler when the aging process takes away volume.
Facial fillers are used to give you a softer, more natural looking appearance by filling in deep lines and replacing lost volume. With temporary hyaluronic acid fillers and collagen injections, patients must return frequently for new treatments to maintain results, typically as often as every six to nine months. With fat transfer much of the transferred fat will remain for years, eliminating the need for frequent maintenance treatments.
Fat transfer uses a natural “ingredient,” i.e. your own body’s fat cells. There is no need for fillers, injections, or any other foreign substance to enter your body; therefore, you are not subject to any complications or infection that might be brought on by such substances, even if that is a rare occurrence. Moreover, there is no need for repeat treatments as often as every 6-9 months with a cosmetic treatment. Fat transfer is a one-time procedure with a lasting, natural outcome.
Fat Transfer to Breast
We use our Aqualipo liposuction procedure to harvest the fat. The power of water is used to break loose and flush out the fat cells which are later injected into the breasts. The most common area for fat removal is the abdomen, as it typically yields the most fat. But you can also harvest fat from the thighs and arms. Some patients combine several areas for fat removal, even if not all the fat is needed for the desired breast volume.
Fat transfer uses your own natural fat instead of an implant to increase breast volume. However, it reliably only achieves a small increase in volume, and it requires a patient with already well-shaped breasts with nice skin tone. For most women, implants will achieve more noticeable and predictable results than a fat transfer alone. If you experience sagging breasts, the only way to restore fullness and perkiness will be with a breast lift with or without implants.
Fat transfer to breast relies on the amount of fat available to be harvested. Depending on the shape of your tummy and surrounding areas as well as the desired volume of your breasts, you may not have enough fat reserves to make this work. It is not recommended if you’re seeking a large increase in volume, which is difficult to achieve, even if you have enough harvestable fat, due to the unpredictability of how well the transferred fast cells will “take.” Fat transfer is also not recommended if you experience sagging breasts. In this case, you will most likely need a breast lift.
Yes. Fat transfer as well as liposuction per definition are surgical in nature. However, they are less-invasive than the placement of implants or breast lift surgery. Those procedures require surgical incisions and sutures, whereas liposuction and fat transfer are performed with the help of a tiny cannula inserted under the skin.
Augment simply means to enhance, or improve. A breast augmentation therefore simply stands for any procedure that increases breast volume. In that sense, fat transfer is one type of breast augmentation – it is also referred to as fat transfer breast augmentation – and breast implants are another type of breast augmentation. But most commonly when people refer to a breast augmentation, they are speaking about implants.
Fat grafting is just another word for fat transfer. It means that fat is harvested and injected – or grafted – into another part of the body.
Vaginal rejuvenation treatments like ThermiVa, Votiva, or Exilis Femme are non-invasive and non-surgical. They use heat applied externally to the skin to strengthen the vaginal wall – without surgery or stitches. It requires no downtime or recovery period. Visit our Feminine Rejuvenation page to learn more about the procedure.
No. Vaginal Rejuvenation simply applies controlled heat externally. It is applied with a thin wand to the vaginal canal without any discomfort.
You can resume regular activities immediately after a vaginal rejuvenation treatment, so there is really no recovery time. However, depending on which treatment you receive, there may be restrictions on sexual intercourse and hot tub use ranging from 3-7 days.
There are no side effects from undergoing a ThermiVa, Exilis Femme, or Votiva treatment. These technologies use targeted amounts of heat, radio frequency, or ultrasound energy in short, infrequent bursts. It leaves no scarring and can’t damage the surrounding tissue. It is a pain-free procedure, meaning you will not need any sedation or anesthesia and will not experience any downtime.
For best results, we recommend patients come in for three sessions of vaginal rejuvenation, but most women see an improvement after the very first treatment. After the initial three sessions, it is recommended that women come in for a yearly maintenance treatment for long term results. If you have a baby or experience another life change that affects the results, we recommend you schedule an extra visit.
Vaginal rejuvenation helps increase natural lubrication and nerve sensitivity, which can lead to greater sexual satisfaction, including better orgasms. Other benefits include tighter and more defined labia and vulva, and a reduction or even elimination of mild to moderate incontinence.
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to repair the labia minora and/or labia majora (inner and outer lips of the female genitalia), whereas ThermiVa and Votiva are non-surgical treatments that are solely based on the use of heat to strengthen and rejuvenate the vagina.
Ideal candidates for NeoGraft hair restoration need to be in relatively good health with a healthy supply of hair in the donor area, which for men is typically the back of the scalp. To find out if you meet the right qualifications, please contact us to request a quote.
Both follicular unit extraction and the so-called strip method have been proven safe, but there are certain advantages to the minimally-invasive NeoGraft system. There’s no need for intensive surgery, and the recovery time is therefore significantly shorter. The minuscule punctures from where the hair follicles are extracted heal quickly and can be camouflaged much more easily than a linear incision at the back of the head.
Many patients choose the NeoGraft FUE method for its short recovery time compared with the strip method. Because the extraction sites are so small compared to other methods, they heal relatively fast. Although you should expect them to be visible for up to 7 days and may want to cover your head until the swelling and redness recede, from a medical standpoint you are typically back to normal after one or two days. If you’re active in sports or other activities, then you’ll appreciate the short recovery time because it allows you to get back to your life as soon as possible.
Even more so than other medical procedures, hair restoration takes time to heal and achieve its full effect, because it depends on the rate of growth of your hair. Individual results will vary, but some patients have reported noticeable differences within three months of treatment. By six months, you should notice significant improvement. Within a year, most patients enjoy the full results of the NeoGraft hair restoration procedure. Your transplanted hair follicles should also start growing at a normal rate within a year.
The best way to request your FREE hair transplant quote is to do it directly on our Hair Doctor website by clicking here. Or simply send us a contact request and our hair restoration consultant will contact you.
Injectables & Fillers
What we call injectable is the medication botulinum toxin to freeze your facial muscles to keep you from frowning, thereby eliminating your wrinkles. It works best on the upper part of your face, especially the forehead and around the eyes. A filler is also injected, but it is a substance that expands to fill out an area. It works best to fill deep creases such as the nasolabial folds (the lines left and right of the mouth), to plump up the lips, and to alleviate bags under the eyes. To learn more, also visit Injectables & Fillers.
No. Both are temporary solutions. A round of injectables will result in a smoother look for approximately 4-6 months, while fillers will last up to 9 months.
The effects of injectable to reduce wrinkles begin to show within 3-5 days and will become most noticeable between 1-2 weeks. The exact timing varies from patient to patient and depends on your age, skin condition, and skin type.
Especially when treating an area as sensitive as your face, it is important to select a professional medical practice with years of experience in cosmetic surgery. At NuBody Concepts, all injectables are administered by a long-serving physician or certified nurse injector. To learn more, we invite you to visit our Meet our Team page.
Botulinum toxin has been FDA-approved and widely used for a long time, and is very safe. As with any medical procedure, there may be some side effects. Some patients experience temporary redness and swelling at the injection site, but this is rare.
We carry the full line of Juvederm, including Volbella, Vollure, and Voluma, each of which have slightly different uses for best results. We can even use your own fat as a natural filler by removing it from your waistline with our Aqualipo procedure. Read more about facial fillers in this blog post.
Male Breast Reduction
A male breast reduction is designed to be permanent, especially if you have excess tissue and skin surgically removed. If your procedure is done by liposuction, the fat cells are also permanently removed, but it is not a guarantee against new fat cells accumulating if you don’t maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. To learn more, also see Male Breast Reduction.
If you are affected physically and psychologically by your enlarged male breasts, are in relatively good health, and have realistic expectations for the procedure’s results, you are a candidate for a male breast reduction. A personal consultation with our plastic surgeon will help you determine the scope of your procedure.
There are two ways you can have enlarged male breasts reduced: Either by surgery, or by liposuction. Often, liposuction is sufficient and no surgery is needed, avoiding the scars and recovery time associated with it. Liposuction is a minimally-invasive procedure with patients able to return to regular activities the next day as tolerated. If you have a lot of excess skin due to aging or recent weight loss, a surgical removal may be necessary.
Depending on your body type and which type of breast reduction you need, you may be back to normal within 24-48 hours after the procedure. Liposuction patient typically return back to regular activities as tolerated the next day. Surgical patients require 3-5 days of recovery and are advised to wait 2 weeks before resuming strenuous exercise or heavy lifting.
Typically, we combine a tummy tuck with breast implants for our mommy makeovers. However, there are several options depending on your comfort level with the invasiveness of the procedure. Less invasive procedures include fat transfer to breast, liposuction, and radio frequency assisted skin tightening like BodyTite. Another area often affected by pregnancy and childbirth is the vaginal wall. You might opt to include a feminine rejuvenation treatment to strengthen vaginal laxity and even reverse minor incontinence.
Most mommy makeovers involve plastic surgery, such as the placement of implants or the tightening of your abdominal muscles with a tummy tuck. However, the less invasive methods mentioned above could be combined to achieve some of the same goals. To learn more, read Mommy Makeover Without Surgery.
Our cosmetic surgery team always strives to keep your recovery time to a minimum so that you can resume your daily activities as soon as possible. After liposuction or fat transfer, patients typically recover within just 1-2 days. For a Mommy Makeover involving surgery, most of our patients are back to work or their normal routines after 3-5 days. If your Mommy Makeover involves tightening of the muscles as well as the skin, your recovery time may be longer than that. We do recommend that you abstain from heavy lifting and exercise for a minimum of two weeks after your surgery. To learn more, also see Mommy Makeover.
Yes. It is possible to have both a tummy tuck and a breast augmentation and go through pregnancy afterward. While some women prefer to wait with tummy tuck surgery until they are done with childbirth to make sure the results don’t change again, there is no reason you can’t have a tummy tuck at any time. If you have questions or concerns about childbirth and plastic surgery, it is best to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon.
All of these treatments resurface the skin and stimulate collagen to promote new skin growth. But the techniques are different. Microdermabrasion is like an abrasive sanding of the skin surface. Microneedling reaches the skin under the surface by means of tiny needles. Both are great treatments for sensitive skin as well as darker skin tones that don’t respond that well to laser treatments, but laser treatments can achieve good results for certain skin issues. Chemical peels achieve similar results as the above treatments, but the process is chemical rather than physical, via the application of a liquid to the skin. Dermaplaning is a more manual form of resurfacing using a fine blade to peel away the outer layer of the skin. Which of these treatments works best is a matter best decided by you and your aesthetician once she has seen and evaluated your skin. Click here to learn more about what to expect from your skin treatment at NuBody Concepts.
Yes. Certain laser treatments don’t work well on darker skin tones, but this is where microdermabrasion and microneedling can step in to give you great results without the worry of hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, or other forms of burning.
Our Dermasweep microdermabrasion system is particularly well suited for sensitive skin, including rosacea-prone skin, blemish-prone skin and the area around the eyes, yet it is also strong enough for fine lines, wrinkles, tone and texture.
After your skin treatment, our aesthetician typically applies product to your skin. The removal of the outer layer of skin allows for these products to penetrate deeper for immediate rejuvenation, and we offer this as part of your treatment. In addition, we offer products to purchase for at home use from Alastin and PCA to continue your skin’s improvement with daily use.
The DOT laser skin resurfacing technology is the gold standard for sun overexposure and other signs of aging. It is fast, promotes the formation of new tissue as you heal, and your downtime is minimal. It can be used on the face as well as the neck, décolleté, and hands.
Yes. Our aestheticians are very skilled at scar removal by combining various skin treatments, and sometimes work minor miracles to remove scars you have carried with you for years, maybe even since puberty. Scar revision also works well to treat any kind of surgical scars, even if they are not recent.
Yes. Our aesthetician can work on areas like double chin, neck, arms, belly, or thighs. Anything you can think of can be treated with the non-invasive skin tightening options listed on this page. If you want more dramatic results, you may want to look into more powerful yet still non-surgical options such as BodyTite and FaceTite.
Liposuction removes fat cells from under the skin but does not remove extra or stretched out skin, although radio frequency assisted liposuction has been shown to achieve some skin contraction. A tummy tuck surgically removes excess skin from your tummy and thereby always yields the best overall results.
A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure. It is simply designed to remove excess skin and some underlying fat from your abdomen. If you are interested in weight loss, please check out the Orbera Gastric Balloon procedure.
A tummy tuck does result in a scar, typically kept low in your pelvic area. A horizontal incision is made right below your bikini line, ensuring that it remains well hidden even when wearing a swimsuit. As with all surgeries, a tummy tuck scar will continue to improve over the course of 6-12 months. Additional skincare for scar revision is also an option.
Yes. In fact, they are natural complements of each other, and combining them into one procedure when done right may reduce trauma and discomfort. Such a procedure is also called a lipoabdominoplasty.
With our combination of IV sedation with local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia, we are able to significantly reduce your recovery time to 3-5 days. However, we recommend a minimum of 2 weeks before resuming moderate-to-strenuous exercise or heavy lifting to allow for proper healing. It is important to follow the post-op instructions of your plastic surgeon.
Both standard and mini tummy tucks begin with an incision in the pubic region below the bikini line — a short one for a mini tummy tuck, and a slightly longer one for a standard tummy tuck. For a standard tuck, excess skin and fat in the tummy area is removed and the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened. It can remove much more extra skin and addresses loose muscles from either pregnancy or significant weight gain followed by weight loss. For a mini tuck, or what we also call a mommy tuck, your doctor primarily tightens the skin of the lower abdomen. It is a good option for moms or women who have lost weight and now have extra loose skin around the belt-line. The best way to find out which tummy tuck is best for you is to schedule a personal consultation.
Yes. With the advent of radio frequency assisted lipolysis in recent years, good skin contraction results have become possible without surgery. Minimally-invasive procedure such as BodyTite have shown to achieve 35% to 45% skin contraction. A real tummy tuck still yields the best results, but other methods have come closer than ever before. If you do not want surgery for various reasons, these might be better suited for you.
We would love to talk to you about a tummy tuck or alternatives for belly fat removal during a personal consultation with our plastic surgeon. It’s the best way to have all your questions answered. For further reading, you might also try the Plastic Surgery FAQ category of our blog.
Studies have shown that patients maintain their weight loss through dieting post-removal. The key is to stick to your new, healthy lifestyle that you will have learned through your six months of “training.” Visit Orbera Gastric Balloon to learn more about the weight-loss balloon procedure.
It happens only rarely, but the balloon could indeed rupture. This means that the saline solution it is filled with would leak into the stomach, which is harmless. However, you would no longer feel full after eating, as the balloon would no longer do its job, and your doctor would have to remove the deflated balloon.
Gastric balloons are FDA-approved and have been around for over 20 years. The placement and removal does not involve surgery and can be done in a brief, minimally-invasive procedure under IV sedation. Should a balloon rupture (an extremely rare event), it wouldn’t be harmful in any form.
Initially, the placement of the balloon can cause nausea. This is a very normal reaction, and in most patients it passes quickly. Our surgeon typically prescribes medication to counteract any nausea that might occur.
The average person loses about 3x more weight with Orbera than with diet and exercise alone. The reason for this is that by taking up space in your stomach, the balloon also takes away your feeling of constant hunger. This teaches you to adapt to smaller portion sizes, without the hunger pangs. Most patients experience drastic weight loss in just 1-2 months after placement of the balloon. This early success makes it more comfortable to exercise, which again helps with additional weight loss.
As much of the world’s business has migrated to Zoom and we are seeing our own reflections staring back at us at an unflattering angle, an unpleasant reality has come into focus: From the mouth on down, our faces and necks do not look nearly as young as we think they do. The solution? FaceTite.Read more