Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States. Recent advances have made it possible to do this procedure with minimum blood loss and fine tune the aesthetic results. This procedure involves infiltration of the area of interest with a solution that lessens blood loss and suctioning fat with different size canulas. It will require few very small incisions that are usually imperceptible. After surgery you can expect some oozing from the sites for a day or so and usual bruising and swelling. In order to optimize the outcome by reducing swelling faster and allowing the skin to scar down in a desirable fashion, patients have to wear a compression garment for 4 to 6 weeks.
There is a limit to how much fat we can suction safely. Therefore the more patients lose prior to this procedure the better their outcome as the plastic surgeon is able to do more before reaching the limits. As such, liposuction is not a weight loss method. To the contrary it is for fine tuning and removing stubborn fat after diet and exercise have failed. As in any body contouring procedures, Dr. Hakimi will make sure that patient’s weight has been stable and there is plan for maintenance around the same weight. Any weight gain or loss could alter and lessen the aesthetic outcome.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
With aging or after massive weight loss, many patients experience excess and laxity of upper arm skin along with other parts of their body. This could occur with or without resistant fat layers around the arm. Depending on your individual anatomy correction of this deformity requires a combination of liposuction and skin excision. Some patients fall on either extremes of this spectrum and only need surgery or liposuction. That would be determined during your consultation. The scar from the skin excision usually falls in the grove inside the arm where it is not visible with arms on the side or when walking. As in any body lift procedures, Dr. Hakimi will make sure that patient’s weight has been stable and there is plan for maintenance around the same weight. Any weight gain or loss could alter and lessen the aesthetic outcome.
After surgery you can expect usual bruising. Swelling in this surgery can last for few months which would require you to wear a compression garment.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen to improve its contour and make it more aesthetically pleasing. Bulging of the abdomen can occur due to several reasons such as pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss, aging and skin laxity. Regardless of the cause, there are three components that need to be addressed in order to achieve optimal outcome: Skin, fat and muscle.
“With a great aesthetic sense and attention to details abdominoplasty can be one of the most rewarding body contouring procedures. This procedure is more than removing skin and fat and creating a tight drum-like abdomen. The goal is to sculpt the abdomen, recreate curves with smooth transition to hips. Achieving this goal requires liposuction of the abdomen and sometimes back along with tightening of the abdominal muscles, leaving a narrow scar in the bikini line. Achieving this while avoiding surgical stigmata is what distinguishes a perfect from a very good result.”
-Dr. Michael Hakimi
Mini tummy tuck is a variation of the traditional tummy tuck that only addresses the mild skin laxity below the belly button with very mild muscle laxity. This procedure does not improve bulging specially above the belly button.
Extended tummy tuck is also another variation of the traditional tummy tuck for patients whose excess skin and fat extends to flanks. This will require a longer incision to improve the flank rolls without causing cutaneous deformities (dog ears.)
As in any body contouring procedures, Dr. Hakimi will make sure that patient’s weight has been stable and there is plan for maintenance around the same weight. Any weight gain or loss could alter and lessen the aesthetic outcome.