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Abdominal Liposuction (Abdominal Suction Lipectomy) in Palo Alto

Liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat that has not responded to diet and exercise. Often, while you may be an appropriate weight, “problem areas” persist. In particular, the abdominal region can act as a storage center for fat, making it difficult to change with diet and exercise alone. Abdominal liposuction is the perfect procedure to correct the problem.

As with all cosmetic procedures, there are multiple choices for abdominal liposuction. Simple suction procedures, sculpting techniques and etching alternatives all exist and need to be thoroughly reviewed with an experienced plastic surgeon before making your choice. Each technique offers differing results and the particular technique that you select is best determined after a consultation with Dr. Papalian.

Dr. Papalian performs the most current abdominal liposuction techniques with limited downtime and local anesthesia alternatives. Patients will need to select the appropriate procedure and technique that best suits their findings and desired results. Abdominal liposuction results in a flatter, firmer abdomen, which better fits your body. Patients recover quickly and continue to enjoy the benefits of liposuction into the future, as fat cells are actually removed and therefore can no longer re-accumulate fat.

Having a comprehensive consultation at The Plastic Surgery Center on Woodside by Dr. Papalian, with 20 years of plastic surgical experience, will ensure that you are going to have all of the options presented in a thoughtful manner, and that you will have the information needed to make the right decision for you. At the time of Your Consultation, a personalized treatment plan will be developed.


Abdominoplasty ("Tummy Tuck") in Palo Alto

Abdominoplasty, often called a “tummy tuck”, is performed to flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess skin and fat, as well as to tighten the abdominal muscle layer. With age, pregnancy or weight gain and loss, the abdominal area often develops excess skin and fat, as well as laxity in the fascial layer covering the abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty corrects each of these undesirable components, resulting in a flatter and tighter abdomen. While diet and exercise are always recommended, often the excess skin and extra-abdominal fat can only be corrected with Abdominoplasty.

As with most plastic surgical procedures, there are multiple options for Abdominoplasty, which include the newer minimally invasive procedures to tighten the abdominal wall structures, as well as direct fat sculpting. The options are best discussed with Dr. Papalian, who performs the most current techniques and can offer and discuss the full variety of choices.

At The Plastic Surgery Center on Woodside, Dr. Papalian will discuss the Full and Extended Abdominoplasty techniques, which maximally remove excess abdominal skin and fat. These procedures are reserved for patients who have significant laxity above and below the umbilicus. The “mini” or limited Abdominoplasty technique is offered to patients who primarily display laxity isolated below the umbilicus. This technique is often combined with abdominal liposuction. The newer endoscopic “Muscle Tightening” technique, for patients with abdominal wall laxity without significant skin excess is currently performed as well. Which procedure most appropriately addresses your anatomical findings and will meet your needs is best discussed with Dr. Papalian, taking advantage of his 20 years of plastic surgical experience.

Recovery following Abdominoplasty and the details of recovery will vary widely based upon the procedure selected to meet your needs. Most procedures can be performed as an outpatient, while patients having the more substantial Extended Abdominoplasty will often opt for one night stay in the hospital for their comfort.

As with all procedures, the specific procedure selected for you is best personalized to your particular findings. Having a comprehensive and trusted consultation with Dr. Papalian will ensure that you will have all the treatment options presented in a thoughtful manner.

More information about Abdominoplasty can be found at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.


Body Lift / Belt Lipectomy in Palo Alto

A body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is performed to remove excess skin or fatty tissue on the body that results from age or extreme weight loss. More extensive than just a tummy tuck or liposuction, the body lift is performed on the lower torso and upper legs in order to resculpt the abdomen, hips, back, buttocks and outer thighs. Exercise and a healthy diet cannot always achieve the desired results for people who have loose, sagging skin and uneven contours. A body lift may help to achieve a firmer, more youthful-looking body.

Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, either through gastric bypass surgery or changes in nutrition and fitness habits, will develop excess skin on their bodies and are excellent candidates for a body lift. As with all plastic surgical procedures, there are choices and alternatives for belt lipectomy. A body lift is a major surgical procedure and requires significant recovery time. It is important to have a trusted consultation prior to considering all plastic surgery, but in particular with belt lipectomy.

The Belt Lipectomy procedure removes and tightens the torso skin and fat, both front and rear. Each patient will benefit from an individualized approach to their particular findings. With proper patient guidance from an experienced plastic surgeon, body lifting can be an extremely rewarding procedure, most commonly performed after substantial weight loss.

Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Papalian at The Plastic Surgery Center on Woodside will allow you to have all the options presented in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner.