Body Contouring Procedures in Sacramento
Body contouring refers to a set of plastic surgery procedures designed to address “problem areas” or “trouble spots” on the body that cannot be easily treated with exercise and diet. This includes both pockets of surplus fat that may persist even after massive weight loss, and loose, excess skin that has stretched out due to genetics, aging or weight fluctuations.
The best treatment option largely depends on the patient’s cosmetic needs and goals. Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Debra Johnson offers liposuction and tummy tuck, which can be performed simultaneously or as standalone treatments.
Liposuction is designed to eliminate pockets of stubborn fat. Dr. Johnson can perform liposuction on various body areas, including the abdomen, flanks (muffin-top area), thighs, face, buttocks and back.
During liposuction, Dr. Johnson creates a series of small incisions to access and break up the fatty tissue. The fat is then removed using gentle suction. Dr. Johnson uses her technical expertise to create and place the incisions in discrete locations and in a manner that results in the least amount of visible scarring. With good care, scars will fade over time.
The best candidates for liposuction are individuals who are near or at their ideal body weight, and have good skin elasticity. Patients who have saggy, excess skin before liposuction may be surprised to hear that the procedure can worsen the problem. In cases like these, Dr. Johnson may recommend combining liposuction with a skin tightening procedure, like breast lift, facelift or tummy tuck.
The goal of tummy tuck is twofold. First, it creates a smoother contour by removing excess, saggy skin. Second, it flattens and smooths out the abdomen by suturing together separated or damaged abdominal muscles. If pockets of fat are present, Dr. Johnson will perform liposuction to create a more attractive abdominal contour.
Traditional tummy tuck involves creating an incision on the lower abdomen that extends hipbone to hipbone. The incision is placed in the area between the belly button and pubic hairline, making it easy to conceal the resulting scar with most underwear and bathing suit bottoms. Dr. Johnson will lift the skin and repair the underlying abdominal muscles by suturing them together. Excess tissue and skin are removed and the remaining skin is re-draped over the newly contoured abdomen. A second incision around the belly button may be created to lift the navel to a higher and more natural-looking position.
Both men and women can benefit from tummy tuck. Women often seek tummy tuck following pregnancy and child birth, while many men undergo the procedure following massive weight loss.
Some patients can get the results they seek with a mini-tummy tuck, a variation of abdominoplasty that tightens the area below the navel only. This technique involves a slightly shorter incision than traditional or full tummy tuck and no second incision around the navel. Mini-tummy tuck is best for individuals with good skin elasticity and little to no excess fat on the upper abdomen.
Dr. Johnson recommends a course of treatment after meeting with the patient. To discuss your options, contact the Sacramento plastic surgery practice of Dr. Johnson today.