LipoSelection® is an alternative to traditional liposuction. It is a new and very different way to gently and precisely remove unwanted fat cells using ultrasound energy. Please click here for a detailed description of this exciting technique from Vaser®.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Diet and exercise sometimes do little to eliminate unwanted fat and loose skin in the abdominal area. If you are bothered by these appearance problems, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) may be a good choice for you. Abdominoplasty is performed to rid a person of excess skin and to tighten the weak abdominal wall muscles. This is frequently present in women following childbirth.

The procedure can be done as an outpatient or inpatient and sometimes can be done as a mini-abdominoplasty, which works mainly on the lower portion of the abdomen. Recovery period is anywhere from 7-14 days, depending on the extent of the procedure and the tightening of the abdominal wall musculature. Liposuction can also be performed at the time of this surgery.

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Body Contouring After Weight Loss

This is a new and emerging field within plastic surgery. Each year over 100,000 people undergo gastric bypass to achieve weight loss. For many, undergoing this surgery has been the only method of successfully losing weight and keeping it off. Others, have through various non-surgical programs had dramatic weight loss as well. If you have had massive weight loss and are currently stable at your new weight and want to improve your body contour you may wish to consider a number of procedures to improve specific areas. Procedures for patients having massive weight loss have improved markedly over the past several years due to increased knowledge and understanding of the anatomical support structures, anesthesia, fluid balance needs, specialized instrumentation and sequencing of operations. Dr. McGill has taken extensive courses at national meetings dealing with these issues and has a special interest in these surgical procedures.

Some of the more common procedures following massive weight loss include:

  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
  • Circumferential Abdominoplasty
  • Lateral Thigh and Buttock Lift
  • Medial Thigh Lift
  • Brachioplasty (bat wings)
  • Breast Reduction or Mastopexy Surgery (Breast Lift)
  • Mastopexy-Augmentation (Breast Lift with Augmentation)
  • Facelift

Ideally, candidates for this surgery have achieved a stable weight and have maintained that weight for six months or more, have a body mass index of 30 or under, and are otherwise healthy. Smoking in association with any of these procedures is strongly discouraged and may disqualify an otherwise suitable candidate. Some of these procedures may be combined in a single hospitalization.

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