April 23, 2014
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Many patients exercise regularly but still can’t seem to get rid of excess fat, whether from weight gain or pregnancy. With the advances in medical science and technology, body contouring procedures can sculpt and refine the body to help maintain a youthful and vital appearance. Board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Hunter Moyer performs body contouring procedures that have become increasingly popular among patients. According to the latest American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2013 statistics, liposuction ranked one of the top five most performed cosmetic surgical procedures, and the number of tummy tucks and buttocks lifts have both increased by roughly 80% since 2000.
Patients who experience localized amounts of fat that may be resistant to diet and exercise are ideal candidates for liposuction. Dr. Moyer uses three fat removal methods to suit each patient’s specific needs. Thru very small incisions (less than ¼”), Dr. Moyer uses a small hollow tube (or cannula) to suction out fat cells. In tumescent liposuction a special anesthetic fluid is injected, which numbs the area and causes the fat cells to swell, making the fat easier to remove. Ultrasound assisted liposuction uses high frequency sound to liquefy the fat, leaving the skin and other tissue unharmed. Not only does this allow the fat to be suctioned more easily, but the stimulating vibration can tighten and revitalize the overlying skin as well. Finally, Body Jet (or water-assisted) liposuction uses sterile water to loosen undesired fat for removal. However it uses a closed system design, withdrawing the fat so it can be later used for other fat transfer or augmentation procedures like the Brazilian Butt Lift.
Over the years, weight gain or pregnancy can cause the muscles in the abdomen to stretch and separate. As a result, even losing weight can’t tighten the midsection as much as some patients would like. A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is designed not only to remove unwanted fat and eliminate excess skin from the mid-section but also to retighten muscles along the abdominal wall that may have separated, restoring the smooth, lean contours of a more youthful physique. Dr. Moyer makes an incision in the lower abdominal area, easily hidden by underwear or bathing suits, and tightens the skin downward to make sure the naval maintains a natural appearance.
Utilizing excess fat removed through liposuction, Dr. Moyer can perform buttock augmentation (or Brazilian Butt Lift) through fat transfer. The fat that has been removed is carefully purified and then re-injected into the buttocks to re-contour the area. Using the patient’s own fat instead of an implant creates a more natural contour. During consultation, Dr. Moyer works with patients to determine the precise target areas for both removal and re-injection to make sure that the patient can get the expected results they desire.
If you are interested in body contouring procedures Dr. Moyer performs or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us today. Also, connect with Dr. Moyer on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates and the latest news articles.