BODY

Body

Surgical Procedures to Improve the Look of Your Body

Dr. Lewis and his staff can assist you with a full range of surgical procedures that will give your body the aesthetic look you have always wanted. We will work closely with you to ensure you are educated and comfortable making the right decision about the procedure that will give you the results you want. Our body procedures include:

Liposuction

Liposuction is used to slim and reshape specific areas of your body by removing excess fat deposits to improve the contours and proportion of your body around areas that haven't responded to diet and exercise, such as the:
  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Buttocks
  • Calves and Ankles
  • Chest and Back
  • Hips and Thighs
  • Neck
In addition, liposuction is sometimes used for breast reduction. Liposuction will reduce the number of fat cells from a specific area after weight is gained. As long as you maintain your weight, the resulting contour changes from removing fat can remain permanent.

Your skin in treated areas will mold itself to the new contours after liposuction. Your skin will appear smooth if you have skin tone and elasticity, although your skin may appear loose if your skin has poor elasticity. Liposuction cannot improve stretch marks, cellulite dimpling, or other skin surface irregularities.
Tummy Tuck
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck procedure can remove excess fat and skin. In most cases, the procedure can also restore weakened or separated muscles to create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile. While many of us strive for a flat, well-toned abdomen through exercise and weight control, these methods cannot always achieve these goals.

The problem of an abdomen that is loose, sagging, or protrudes can even affect individuals of normal body weight and proportion. The most common causes of this include:
  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior Surgery
  • Significant Fluctuations in Weight
Thigh Lift
Dr. Lewis can provide you with a thigh lift that can reduce excess skin and even fat for smoother, better proportioned contours on your thighs and lower body.
Post Weight Procedures
If you have lost a significant amount of weight, you may need a panniculectomy to address the excess skin that hangs below your waistline. Dr. Lewis can remove the wedge of overhanging abdominal tissue without tightening the layer of tissue superficial to the muscles.
Buttock Lift
If your buttocks are loose and sagging, Dr. Lewis can provide you with a successful procedure to remove excess skin to give you the great looking buttocks you have always wanted through a safe surgical procedure.
Buttock Augmentation
If you don’t like the look of your buttocks or would like to enlarge or change the shape of your buttocks, Dr. Lewis can use either silicone implants or fat grafting (“Brazilian butt lift”) to give you a fuller, shapelier buttock through a safe surgical procedure.
Are You Considering a Tummy Tuck?
You may consider a tummy tuck if you have extra fat and skin over your belly that diet and exercise can’t get rid of. A tummy tuck procedure is an outpatient surgery. As in any cosmetic surgery, you should be doing the surgery for yourself – not for pleasing someone else.

Before Surgery.
Dr. Lewis advises patients to stop taking medications that thin the blood. Smoking compromises the healing process and he strongly advises you to stop smoking. He will discuss your anesthesia options with your anesthesiologist.

Recovery Time.
Your tummy will look and feel swollen for the first few weeks. You will have a scar above your pubic area and around your belly button. After a couple of weeks, the swelling should start to go down and your tummy should look smoother, flatter and firmer. The scars begin to fade after several months. Stretch marks should be visibly improved from the procedure. Most patients can go back to work after a week of recovery.

After Surgery.
A tummy tuck procedure is an outpatient surgery. Most patients can go home shortly after the procedure. Dr. Lewis requires someone to drive you home and stay with you the first night. You will have a dressing on your belly and may have some drainage tubes under the dressing. You will be scheduled for a one week appointment for dressing changes, drain removal and to have the stitches or staples removed. You will have to limit your activity and possibly take pain medication for the first week or two. Dr. Lewis will recommend to you when you can go back to your normal daily routine.

How much will a Tummy Tuck cost?
A tummy tuck procedure is affordable. Call our office for more information. Cost depends on the needs of the patient and choice of anesthesia. Most insurance will not pay for cosmetic surgery.

Have any questions? Call our office and talk to Susan or Morgan. They would love to help with any of your concerns or questions.

**Two sources for financing are CareCredit.com and Qualtrust.com
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