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Learn About Body Contouring

Body contouring surgeryThe cycle of gaining and losing significant weight (think: pregnancy or bariatric surgery) may stretch your stomach muscles and skin to the point of sagging. This loose skin and muscle may occur on the arms, abdomen, chest, thighs, face or neck, and can mean your best efforts to fit into smaller clothes are thwarted by this excess baggage. In these cases, you may consider cosmetic plastic surgery at Lehigh Valley Health Network as an option to restore your shape.

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Diets, sit-ups and even utmost will-power sometimes cannot budge stubborn pockets of fat. Liposuction offers a targeted way to slim down troublesome areas, such as your tummy or thighs. Your surgeon may use laser-assisted liposuction or traditional tumescent liposuction to remove excessive fatty deposits and contour the areas that concern you.

Liposuction can be done as an in-office procedure or in the outpatient setting. If needed, liposuction may be combined with a procedure to remove excess skin. Surgical time is dependent upon how many areas need to be addressed.

Lower body lift

You’ve lost the weight and have made exercise a priority, but the lower half of your body refuses to cooperate with those efforts. A lower body lift addresses sagging skin and fat at the buttocks, hips and thighs. Incisions are made in areas that are either in anatomical folds or areas that would be covered by clothing. This surgery can be combined with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast lift, arm lift (brachioplasty) and/or liposuction. The lower body lift is done as an inpatient procedure, and takes about two to four hours to complete.

Thigh lift

Finding flattering skinny jeans can be aggravating if your thighs are out of proportion with the rest of you.  Depending on your figure, you can select a surgery that focuses on the inner part of the thigh (known as a medial thigh lift) or the outer portion of the thigh, below the hip area (a lateral thigh lift).

Incisions are strategically made to be hidden afterward, and then underlying tissue is reshaped and tightened, resulting in a more proportionate and smoother body contour. This surgery is done on an inpatient basis and takes about two hours to complete.

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

The abdomen can look beautiful and strong – though sometimes it takes more than just Pilates and stomach crunches to slim it down. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases, tightens the abdominal wall muscles. It can also be combined with liposuction to further contour and shape the area. A tummy tuck takes about two hours and usually requires an overnight stay.

Upper arm lift (brachioplasty)

When you shop for clothes, are sleeves a "must have" consideration? If you hide your arms because sagging skin makes you feel self-conscious, speak to our plastic surgeons about an upper arm lift. This procedure targets excess fat and skin in the upper arm area using both surgical techniques and liposuction. An upper arm lift is done on an outpatient basis and usually takes two to four hours.

Labiaplasty

Women may be concerned about too much labial skin affecting their urine stream, or too much tissue that is simply uncomfortable. Labiaplasty can be used as a corrective procedure for urination problems, as well as a way to remove and contour skin cosmetically. This outpatient surgery takes about one hour to complete.

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