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Tummy Tuck

Unfortunately for most, diet and exercise alone may not give you the flat, well-toned abdomen you are looking for. If you are unhappy with your stomach after a recent weight fluctuation or pregnancy, a tummy tuck may be a great option for you. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, will help remove excess fat, skin, and stretch marks from around the abdominal area. Dr. Harvey may also repair a diastasis, or separation of abdominal muscles, which is common after pregnancy or weight gain. This separation causes the small “pooch” of the lower abdominal area. Dr. Harvey will repair your diastasis and tighten the skin to help give your abdomen a firm and toned appearance.

Most patients are out of work for 1-2 weeks and are placed on lifting and exercise restrictions for 6 weeks. After surgery, a simple drain is inserted and you are placed in an abdominal binder for 5-7 days. Once the drain is removed, you will wear a compression garment for 5-6 weeks.

Liposuction

Despite overall good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may have “problem areas” of localized fat deposits. These areas can occur due to fluctuating weight, hormones, or heredity. Dr. Harvey uses the state of the art liposuction technique to help improve your body shape and contour. During the ultrasound assisted liposuction, a fluid is injected through a very small incision to melt the unwanted fat. The ultrasound assisted liposuction will give you a smoother, more desirable look.

Liposuction is commonly performed on its own or in adjunction with another surgery. Dr. Harvey will determine which procedure is best for you, based on your expectations.

Common areas that may have a great result from liposuction include:

  • Waist and abdominal areas, arms, neck and back
  • Buttocks, saddlebags, thighs and hips
  • Inner thighs and knees
  • Chest
  • Lower face
  • Calves and ankles
  • Other areas

Most patients may return to work in 3-5 days following surgery. You can expect bruising in the areas where the liposuction was performed. This bruising generally resolves within 10-14 days. It is normal to have some soreness in these areas. A compression garment is worn for 6 weeks to provide positive reinforcement which decreases the soreness. Activity and lifting restrictions are dependent upon where the liposuction is performed. In general, you can expect to have exercise and lifting restrictions for approximately 4 weeks.

Results from liposuction may not be apparent directly following surgery, due to swelling. This swelling will subside on a weekly basis up to a full year for maximum improvement.

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift improves the contours of the thighs and may be performed in combination with liposuction and other body lifts.

A thigh lift reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat, resulting in better shaping of the thighs and lower body. If fitness and weight loss efforts have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical thigh lift may be right for you.

Is a thigh lift right for me?

Candidates for thigh lift are:

  • People who maintain a steady weight
  • Previous weight loss which left excess skin
  • Individuals with extra soft tissue around the inner or medial thigh region and/or outer thigh
  • Healthy individuals who do not have any medical conditions that could hinder healing or increase risk of surgery

Recovery
Recovery from thigh lift: Most people are out of work for 1-2 weeks and are placed on lifting and exercise restrictions for 6 weeks. You will be placed in an abdominal binder and you will most likely have a very simple drain in place for approximately 3-7 days. A compression garment will need to be worn for 5-6 weeks after the drain is removed.

Body Lift

A body lift is most commonly performed for patients who have excess, sagging skin and fat, especially in the abdominal area, buttocks, thighs or arms. Excess skin and fat, caused partly from decreased skin elasticity, can develop from weight fluctuations, genetics, increasing age, sun damage, and pregnancy. A body lift may help you achieve better body contour and a firmer appearance.

A body lift will remove the excess, sagging skin and fat and internal sutures will help give you a firmer, more toned appearance. Dr. Harvey has your safety and comfort in mind. In order to keep you safe and relieve discomfort following surgery, Dr. Harvey may perform some of these surgeries in stages. Common areas include:

  • Abdomen, with a possible extension to the lower back. See Tummy Tuck for more details
  • Buttocks, to lift and firm the area
  • Groin and inner thigh region
  • Inner and outer thigh
  • Upper arms (Brachioplasty)

Most people are out of work for 1-2 weeks and are placed on lifting and exercise restrictions for 6 weeks. You will be placed in an abdominal binder or compression garment and you will most likely have a very simple drain in place for approximately 3-7 days. A compression garment will need to be worn for 5-6 weeks after the drain is removed.