Body Contouring Procedures
Dr. Alexander provides body contouring and other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for patients seeking to improve their appearance. Body procedures can improve the size, shape, and tone of many areas of the body. This can help patients feel more comfortable and confident in their appearance.
To determine if one or more of the following body sculpting procedures will fulfill your needs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander.
Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. It can also tighten stretched abdominal muscles to create a more flat and firm abdomen.
It is common for most abdominoplasty patients to return to work within two weeks, but strenuous activity should be avoided for up to six weeks.
The results of tummy tuck surgery are effectively permanent. However, pregnancy, significant weight gain, and other factors can reverse many of the beneficial effects of the procedure over time.
To learn more about this procedure, visit our Tummy Tuck page.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that can remove unwanted fat deposits from numerous areas of the body. This procedure targets stubborn fat that cannot be addressed through diet and exercise to create slimmer, more attractive body contours. Liposuction can be performed alone but is also commonly done in combination with other body contouring procedures.
Most patients can return to work within a week of treatment and resume most activities within four to six weeks.
The results of liposuction are generally permanent, as the removed fat cells do not grow back. However, significant weight gain or pregnancy may cause new fat deposits to grow in the treated areas.
To learn more about this procedure, visit our Liposuction page.
Mommy Makeover surgery is a combination of plastic surgery procedures meant to reverse many of the physical effects caused by pregnancy. This procedure generally includes a combination of breast surgeries and body surgeries. Common combinations include liposuction treatment, tummy tuck surgery, and breast augmentation surgery.
Patients may need up to two weeks off work and up to six weeks before resuming all normal activities. Recovery times will vary depending on the procedures performed as part of the Mommy Makeover.
To learn more about this procedure, visit our Mommy Makeover page.
Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss
Dr. Alexander offers several cosmetic surgery options specialized for patients who have successfully lost considerable weight. These procedures can remove unwanted excess skin, eliminate remaining stubborn fat pockets, and tighten abdominal muscles that may have been separated. These fat and skin removal surgeries can help patients achieve their ideal body contours following successful weight loss.
Patients may require two or more weeks off of work following post-weight-loss surgery. Most patients will be cleared to resume strenuous activities at six weeks.
The results of body contouring procedures after weight loss are usually permanent or long lasting. However, patients who regain significant weight following these procedures may see their results fade to some degree.
To learn more about this procedure, visit our Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss page.
Thigh lift surgery removes excess fat and skin from the inner thighs. This procedure can create upper leg contours that appear thinner and more toned.
Most thigh lift patients can return to work within two weeks and resume most activities at six weeks.
The results of a thigh lift are permanent, though future weight gain may reduce the effects of the procedure.
To learn more about this procedure, visit our Thigh Lift page.
Arm lift surgery removes excess fat and loose skin from the upper arms. This procedure can address flabby, sagging arm tissue to create a more firm and toned arm appearance.
Most patients can return to work within a week of arm lift surgery but should wait six weeks before resuming strenuous physical activities.
The results of an arm lift are permanent, but this procedure cannot prevent new excess skin or fat from developing over time. Patients who gain significant weight following this procedure may find that the effects of their surgery fade to varying degrees.
To learn more about this procedure, visit our Arm Lift page.
Frequently Asked Questions About Body Procedures
How should I prepare for body surgery?
Before you undergo a cosmetic procedure, you should take a few steps to make your procedure safer and easier. These include:
- Stop smoking at least two weeks before your surgery (and up to one year for certain procedures)
- Discontinue certain blood-thinning medication two weeks before your surgery (at the advice of your doctor)
- Consult your plastic surgeon or pharmacist to determine what vitamins and supplements you should stop taking before surgery
- Prepare your recovery area at home in advance with all the medications and entertainment you will need
Can I combine multiple body contouring procedures together?
Yes. Body contouring procedures are commonly combined with each other. In addition, some body procedures may be combined with breast surgery procedures or facial surgery procedures.