Many women and men are unhappy with the appearance and shape of their stomach, thighs, flanks, arms or abdominal region. Regardless of dieting and exercise, these individuals find themselves unable to flatten their abdomen or reduce unwanted fat in particular parts of their bodies. Some of the causes of excess fat or loose skin are: past pregnancies, time and gravity, genetics or weight loss. Patients who have had gastric bypass surgery are also great candidates for body contour surgery in one form or another.
A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) performed at our practice in Hawaii can remove droopy or flaccid skin while tightening the muscles and abdominal wall giving you a much flatter, smoother contour to your stomach. If there are minor areas of your body that you just cannot seem to flatten or tone, then Liposuction (Lipoplasty) may be what you need. If you have excess skin or laxity in your arms or legs, you may need a thigh lift or arm lift (thighplasty or brachioplasty). Some men and women may need fat transplanted to different areas of their bodies, such as their buttocks. Fat transfer surgery is appropriate in these cases. We also regularly perform buttock lifts in our clinic, as well as buttock augmentation surgery using implants. A personal consultation with Dr. Pasquale will help you to realize your options, which depends on your body type, personal desires and health.
There are three basic techniques used to flatten a protuberant abdomen. The best technique for you will depend largely on your goals and your specific problem. Liposuction alone can produce a thin abdominal wall for some. If your laxity and excess skin is below your navel, a mini tummy tuck maybe right for you. For those with severe laxity of their abdominal muscle or excessive skin, a full tummy tuck may be their only solution.
A protuberant abdomen can be a cause of distress for men and women alike. It can be the result of excess fat, weak abdominal muscles, pregnancy, or loose skin that has been over stretched and no longer responds to diet and exercise. For those who experienced a massive weight loss, their only alternative to loose, overhanging skin is tummy tuck surgery.