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Upper & Lower Body Procedures

Facial Liposuction

Facial Liposuction improves the contours of the face by removing resistant fat deposits. It is generally performed as an out-patient procedure and can be performed with techniques which infuse targeted fat cells with saline solution to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling. Commonly targeted areas include the chin, cheeks, neck and jowls. Side-effects include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness or fluid drainage. Potential complications range from asymmetry and skin rippling to discolorations, infection, and nerve injury. Patients generally return to work in one to two weeks, and back to strenuous activity within a month. Results are permanent.

Upper Arm Lift

Upper Arm Lift improves the shape and firmness of the upper arm. It is generally performed as an out-patient procedure. Patients may experience temporary bruising, swelling, soreness, numbness or fluid retention. Potential complications include scarring or irregularities in the contour of the skin. Patients generally return to work with a week and to strenuous activity within a month. The result eliminates the wiggle and sag on the arm referred to as the 'bat wing.'

Lower Body Liposuction

Lower Body Liposuction improves body contours by liquefying and vacuuming away fatty deposits. Commonly targeted areas include the buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves and ankles. The procedure is generally performed on an out-patient basis, but more extensive approach may require brief hospital stays. Patients may experience temporary bruising, swelling, drainage, numbness, soreness or a burning sensations.

Potential complications include:

  • Asymmetry
  • Skin rippling or discoloration
  • Fluid retention
  • Bleeding
  • Excessive fluid loss leading to shock (only in cases which result in significant tissue removal)
  • Infection

Patients generally return to work within two weeks and to strenuous activity within a month. Swelling and bruising typically subside within one to six months, but those side effects are minimized with tumescent techniques. The results are permanent with sensible diet and exercise.

Buttock Lift

Buttock Lift improves the shape and firmness of the buttocks by removing excess tissue and skin. The procedure generally is performed on an out-patient basis. Patients may experience temporary bruising, swelling, numbness or soreness. Potential complications include asymmetry and scarring. Patients typically return to work within two weeks and to strenuous activity within six weeks with complete recovery expected by six months. Results last up to 10 years.

Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift improves the contours of the upper leg by removing excess tissue and skin. The procedure typically is performed on an out-patient basis. Patients may experience temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness or a burning sensation. Potential complications including scarring and irregularities in the contours of the skin. Patients generally return to work within two weeks and to strenuous activity within a month or two. Results will be compromised over time by gravity and the loss of skin elasticity associated with aging.

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