The majority of people, both men and women, have problem areas on their bodies that they would like removed or adjusted. Whether it is flabby arms, a protruding abdomen, an expanded waist, or unshapely, hips, thighs, or buttocks, surgical procedures such as abdominoplasty and liposuction may be the answer.

Ideal candidates include men and women who are in good health, maintain a balanced diet and exercise regularly, and have firm, elastic skin. Candidates should be of normal weight but have problem areas of excess fat that refuse to go away. Dr. Wilson and the staff of East Tennessee Plastic Surgery are well trained in the latest techniques of body contouring and can help the patient attain the desired appearance.

Abdominoplasty (“Tummy Tuck”)

Tummytuck
Commonly known as a “tummy tuck”, abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens abdominal muscles, resulting in a firmer, tighter stomach and slimmer waist. Men and women who have experienced weight loss or women who have completed a pregnancy may have excess fat and
skin that may not respond to diet and exercise.

In a full abdominoplasty, excess skin and fat are removed from the pubic area to above the navel.  A partial or mini-abdominoplasty is less complicated in that excess fat and skin are removed only from the lower abdomen.

Recovery times vary based on the type of surgery performed and the individual patient.  A balanced diet and regular exercise help to maintain the results of the procedure. The procedure and recovery period specific to each patient will be discussed in detail at the time of your consultation.

Liposuction/Lipectomy
Another surgical procedure that Dr. Wilson may recommend is liposuction. The procedure removes fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise, by inserting a cannula beneath the skin and suctioning out the fat cells.

Once fat cells are removed, the patient’s total number of fat cells is reduced, so ideally the patient will maintain the results with the assistance of a healthy diet and exercise.  This procedure can be performed on a specific area such as under the arms, or it can be done in several areas such as the hips, thighs, and buttocks.

Although the incisions made during surgery are small, the procedure should be taken seriously. Special supportive garments help reduce swelling  initially and are important for optimal contouring.  Some discomfort and temporary numbness is to be expected, but they fade with healing. Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a week.