How Does Abdominal Plastic Surgery Work and Is It Worth It?

Tummy tucks, otherwise known as abdominoplasties, are one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States. Although it has waffled on and off the top five list over the years, it’s still a mainstay.

In this article, we’ll go over some of the facts about abdominal plastic surgery. We’ll discuss who is a candidate, what the surgery entails and the expected recovery time.

While this guide can help you make the best decision for yourself, there are only two people that can make the final call: you and your doctor.

Read on for more information on this wildly popular plastic surgery procedure.

shows liposuction marksWhat is Abdominal Plastic Surgery?

Abdominal plastic surgery is referred to by several names. Colloquially, it is often referred to as a “tummy tuck.” Medically, it is often known as an abdominoplasty.

This procedure helps women get rid of excess skin and fat around their middle, as well as tightens the abdominal muscles. If you have stretch marks from pregnancy or gaining a large amount of weight, this procedure can help you get rid of them for good.

It can also pull down the belly button, or reposition it completely.

Who is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Most people who have tummy tucks are women who have finished having children. While the tummy tuck can help repair the stomach’s aesthetic after being pregnant and giving birth, it can also be useful for men.

A tummy tuck can be used for both sexes to help get rid of excess skin or fat around the belly. Often, this is for individuals who have loose skin from losing a large amount of weight.

If you, for example, had bariatric surgery and lost a large amount of weight, particularly in a small amount of time, you will have excess skin. The unnecessary weight you gained will have stretched out the skin. With the weight loss, the skin has nowhere to go except to sag.

A tummy tuck will remove the unnecessary skin so that your post-weight loss body looks smooth.

It is useful to remember that only a qualified plastic surgeon can tell you if you are a candidate for the surgery.

How is a Tummy Tuck Different from Liposuction?

If you’re considering getting excess fat removed from your midsection, you may be wondering if there is a difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction.

Liposuction is a procedure that helps remove some of the fat from your midsection (and other areas of the body) and reshape it. It is for those who have a hard time losing weight in specific areas. Liposuction, however, will not remove large amounts of fat, nor will it correct excess skin or stretch marks.

What About Laser Liposuction?

Laser liposuction is performed without anesthesia and is not, in essence, a surgical procedure. During laser liposuction, you’ll have the area numbed and your surgeon will make a small incision near the area you wish to have fat removed from. Your surgeon will then insert a very small laser that makes the fat melt away, before sucking it out with a small tube.

Laser liposuction not only helps reduce the appearance of fat but can also leave skin looking firmer and more youthful because it encourages your skin to create collagen.

This procedure is perfect for someone who wishes to have some of their fat melted away, but not a complete reconstruction of their stomach or “love handles.” It is also minimally invasive and allows for a very short recovery time, making it perfect for those who can’t wait for six weeks for the healing process.

How is the Abdominoplasty Procedure Performed?

There are typically three ways the procedure is performed. In all scenarios, your surgeon will put you under general anesthesia. The surgery can last anywhere from two to six hours, depending on the type of surgery your plastic surgeon is performing.

Mini Abdominoplasty

The shorter type of surgery, involves the surgeon making a large incision across the lower stomach, just above the pubic area. The surgeon will separate the skin from the abdominal wall and remove excess fat and skin. The surgeon may also be sure to remove certain scars or stretch marks in the area.

Once finished, the surgeon will then stitch up the skin they have left and you’ll be placed in recovery. You can expect to be in the hospital from one to three days, though a mini-tummy tuck usually requires a shorter amount of time in the hospital.

Full Abdominoplasty

A more extensive abdominoplasty involves the same type of initial incision, just above the pubic area. However, in this type of surgery, the belly button is often also pulled away from your body with a second incision.

The surgeon will then proceed to remove the skin from the abdominal wall, just like in the standard tummy tuck. The abdominal muscles will be realigned, and in some cases, can be tightened. This can also help with incontinence and help with back pain by making the abdominal muscles stronger.

After this, the surgeon will remove excess fat and skin, just like with the mini-tummy tuck. The surgeon will also be careful to ensure they remove scars or stretch marks the patient requested.

A new belly button is often formed during this procedure, and the entire tummy tuck will then be sutured into place.

This procedure will usually take much longer than the mini-tummy tuck and can last as long as 6 hours. You can expect to also be in the hospital for a longer period of time after this surgery, as your recovery will be longer.

Extended Abdominoplasty

An extended abdominoplasty is reserved for individuals for who either lost a large amount of weight or who have had twins or triplets. The surgery involves repairing a larger area than just the full or standard abdominoplasty and may extend to the “love handle” area as well.

Is the Procedure Worth It?

Abdominal plastic surgery is worth it for anyone who wishes to gain the confidence they lack because of excess skin or fat. Although it takes six weeks after the surgery to fully recover and see the results, it can help you feel more comfortable in your skin. For many people, this confidence and peace of mind you’ll gain are priceless.

If you’re interested in seeing if you’re a candidate for the procedure, give our clinic a call. We are conveniently located for patients in Frisco, Plano, and Dallas to access our facilities. We can help you achieve the body, and confidence, you deserve.

You can even TEXT text our helpful staff at (214-809-8599)

Or call our office to schedule your free consultation at (972-612-1900)

 

Laser Lipo Results (Humor Video)

We hope you enjoy our attempt at humor.

Though we take cosmetic surgery seriously, there is always room to have some fun in life.  Enjoy this simple funny video, and see the results below of some of our liposuction and tummy tuck procedures.

 

Liposuction is part of the procedure of a tummy tuck.  We use laser lipo to tighten your skin and help you get back to the body shape you desire.  Depending on your health, you could see results pretty quickly.

Laser Liposuction Results (Tummy Tuck)

Here are some before and after laser liposuction photos.

Click here if you would like to learn more about tummy tucks and laser liposuction.

before and after laser liposuction

 

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Call us today for a free consultation at 972-612-1900.

Or, if you prefer to text, text us at 214-809-8599.

We’d love to help you look and feel your best.  If we can help with your liposuction or tummy tuck, let us know.

We also offer breast augmentations and skin tightening.

Varicose vein procedures are easy and convenient.  With today’s laser technology and an experienced physician, you can be back to your normal life in a short time and only a few procedures.  Listen to the video above as a customer of  cosmetic surgeon Dr. Doohi Lee of Advanced Surgical Arts in Plano, Tx shares her experience.

Arianne was experiencing pain from vein issues and unable to live life without pain. After visiting, Dr. Lee, she is able to return to her normal life.  It was only a few months and she was feeling results shortly after her first session.  It is amazing what can happen when you have a good cosmetic surgeon that knows what he is doing.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are veins that have lost their valve strength and become bulging, elongated and/or thickened. The most common cause of varicose veins is reflux within the great saphenous vein located in the thigh.

Nearly one in every two adults 50 years or older develop varicose veins, which usually appear as clumps of blue or purple blood vessels near the surface of the skin in the legs or pelvis.

Varicose veins are most common among women and older adults, but obesity, long spans of standing, family health history, and hormonal changes increase the risk for developing varicose veins.

What is venous reflux?

Venous reflux is commonly called venous insufficiency.  It is a medical condition describing the lessening of blood circulation in the lower extremities.  It can lead to pooling in the branches of the veins primarily in the legs.  In turn, the pooling become visible varicose veins just under the skin surface and can often become painful if not treated.

What can be done about varicose veins?

There are lots of techniques from surgery to lasers.  Only a skilled doctor can assess your needs and prescribe a viable treatment for your condition.  It is important to talk to a doctor who cares and takes time to listen to you.

If you are in Plano or anywhere near the Dallas Fort Worth Area, our cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lee would love to talk to you about treatments that help lessen the signs of varicose veins and can minimize if not completely stop the pain associated with the condition of venous reflux.

Advanced Surgical Arts is located in Plano, Tx at 5508 W. Plano Parkway, Ste 200 Plano, TX 75093. Feel free to call us for a free consultation at 972-612-1900. Or you can text one of our helpful staff directly at 214-809-8599.

smooth face stem cell cosmeticIf you’ve been paying attention to recent advancements in medicine, you’ve likely heard of stem cell therapy.

Stem cells have shown the amazing capacity to regenerate damaged tissue. Because of this, they can even recreate functioning organs in the medical world.

Due to their inherent ability to self-renew, stem cell technology has demonstrated a lot of promise in the field of medicine.

But what about cosmetics? Right now, stem cells are a hot topic. They’re on the tips of the tongues of many cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists.

It’s true—the use of stem cell cosmetics has provided new ways for people to look and feel younger. But do they actually work? What’s the deal?

Keep reading to learn more about how stem cells work in the cosmetic world.

What Are Stem Cells?

Before we dive in, it’s important to understand the basics of what stem cells even are.

Stem cells are regarded by many experts as “special” cells that can essentially morph into any other type of cell. For example, a human stem cell can transform into a muscle or brain cell, depending on what the body needs it for.

They have a seemingly magical ability to self-renew and multiply. When human, animal, or plant tissue gets damaged, it’s stem cells that go to work behind the scenes to promote the healing process.

Present in all of the above, stem cells are able to continue reproducing the needed cells for rejuvenation and healing.

Due to their capacity for rejuvenation and regeneration, it’s no surprise they’re making their way into the world of cosmetics and skincare.

Stem Cells for Hair Regrowth

Because of stem cells’ ability to self-renew, they’ve shown major promise in hair growth applications.

How does it work? It’s essentially the same as a traditional hair transplant, except in the stem cell procedure, the surgeon uses a skin sample from the scalp to harvest new hair follicles.

Once the skin sample is taken, it’s brought to the lab where it’s used to essentially make copies of the hair follicles. These “copies” are then placed back onto the scalp in the area where hair loss is occurring.

Basically, this procedure removes damaged hair follicles and replaces them with new, functioning ones.

Using stem cells for hair growth is a very new procedure, but it’s catching on quickly. Researchers in Italy performed the first successful application in 2017.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections

Another place stem cells are popping up in the cosmetic world is in platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. PRP injections are a procedure where the surgeon draws blood from the patient, processes it in a centrifuge, and injects it back into the problem area.

The centrifuge processing is used to separate the red cells from the white cells, creating an end product that’s rich in platelets and stem cells.

PRP injections are used for both cosmetic and pain management applications.

PRP Injections for Cosmetic Purposes

When the newly processed blood plasma (PRP) is injected back into the skin, it boosts the effectiveness of stem cells and tells them where they’re needed to help regrow damaged or aging tissue.

The procedure increases collagen production, which improves skin elasticity, promotes the growth of new blood vessels, and increases blood flow. This results in tighter, younger, suppler-looking skin.

PRP Injections for Pain Management

Also effective for pain management applications, the stem cell-rich plasma is great for reducing inflammation.

Inflammation is the cause of many forms of chronic pain, including sports injuries, and strains of the ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Injecting PRP into areas of chronic pain has shown incredible results.

How Do Stem Cells Benefit Skincare?

More research needs to be done into the effectiveness of these properties as they pertain to skincare, but because stem cells contain natural antioxidants, they’re likely to regenerate skin cells and increase the production of collagen.

Stem cell cosmetic products boasting the ability to plump or firm the skin might not be too far off base. Though the research behind these claims is promising, it’s not 100% conclusive.

In addition to skincare, here are a few other ways stem cells have incorporated themselves into the cosmetic industry.

Facials

If stem cells can regenerate a damaged organ, think of their ability to regenerate skin tissue.

By applying cosmetic stem cell products to the skin topically via facials, they’re able to tighten, firm, and increase elasticity of otherwise damaged or aging skin.

Liposuction

After the stem cells have been extracted from the fat tissue, they’re injected back into the area to promote recovery, tighten and rejuvenate the skin, and possibly even diminish the appearance of scar tissue.

Breast Implants

An ever-popular procedure, breast augmentation now uses stem cells. By adding them into the new fat injected into the breasts, many experts believe it can speed up healing time and keep fat cells alive.

Face & Butt Lifts

Used for similar reasons as for breast implant procedure, adding stem cells into the fat tissue used for face and butt lifts can expedite recovery, add firmness to the skin, and help to reduce the appearance and duration of scars.

Stem Cells In Cosmetics

As mentioned, the use of stem cells for cosmetic purposes is a new field.  Our doctor keeps up with all the latest knowledge in the field of stem cell therapy.

Like most things, stem cell cosmetics are not a be-all, end-all approach. Do your research and be sure to consult with an experienced surgeon before making any big decisions about your health.  We would love to talk to you further about how we can help you reach your goals.

Are you ready to start looking and feeling younger? 

Contact us to book a complimentary consultation.

Laser Tattoo Removal

You may not realize it, but 36% of Americans aged between 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo. That’s nearly 20 million people with tattoos just in that age group alone.

Sadly, not everybody loves their tattoo for their whole lifetime. 17% of people who have tattoos go on to regret getting them.

The good news is that you don’t have to keep your tattoo forever. Thanks to techniques such as tattoo laser removal, it is possible to remove unwanted tattoos from your body.

Read on as we take a look at what to expect during the tattoo laser removal process.

How Tattoo Removal Works

Laser tattoo removal works by focusing a high-intensity light beam, known as a laser, at the tattoo.

This heats up one part of an ink particle, causing it to expand and break away from the cooler part. The process splits the ink particles into pieces that are small enough for your white blood cells to safely remove.

So whilst the laser does the work of splitting up the ink particles, it’s actually your immune system that removes the ink itself.

What Does It Involve?

Having laser tattoo removal performed is relatively straightforward.

You’re given a pair of protective glasses to ensure that the laser doesn’t come into contact with your eyes. You might also have an anesthetic cream applied to your skin.

Your practitioner may test the laser on your skin to determine the optimum power to use for the most effective treatment. They will then use the hand-held laser on your tattoo, targetting just the areas where there is ink.

How Long Does It Take?

The total amount of time the procedure will take will depend on the size of the tattoo as well as how much ink there is.

A typical session can last anything from ten to thirty minutes. You may require multiple sessions to cover the full area of your tattoo. It is also likely that you will have to return for further sessions to completely remove the tattoo, as it may not be completely removed after your first treatment.

You should find that your tattoo will become lighter each time you have the treatment as more and more of the ink gets removed from your skin.

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

It is one of the most common questions about the procedure: how painful is tattoo removal?

Some people have described the sensation as being similar to having a rubber band snapped against your skin. Whilst this doesn’t sound too horrific, it’s important to remember that this will be done over and over again. You shouldn’t find the experience any more painful than when you had the tattoo done in the first place.

You will probably be left with red skin that may be a little raised or swollen. You may also find that there is some bleeding as your treatment progresses. Your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun after treatment, so it’s important that you are diligent with your sun care.

Does Tattoo Removal Leave Scars?

The process of laser tattoo removal itself shouldn’t leave any scars.

However, you may find that as your tattoo fades, you find that there was some scarring beneath the tattoo itself. This is scarring that occurred during the process of having the original tattoo which has now been uncovered.

It may be possible to have scarred skin resurfaced after your tattoo removal is complete.

Are There Other Side Effects?

Having your skin treated with a laser will inevitably have an effect on your skin. There may be some side effects after treatment, but these should not be permanent as long as the proper procedures have been followed. This is why it is always important to use a trusted practitioner.

Side effects can include tender skin, blistering, bleeding that leads to scabs, light bruising, and redness. There can also be either hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation where patches of skin appear either darker or lighter than the surrounding skin. If this is the case, you should wait until the skin has returned to its usual coloration before continuing the process.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments you will need will depend on the size of your tattoo and the amount of ink used.

It is important to allow your body to heal in between sessions. It is recommended to leave a number of weeks in between each round of treatment. If you have a large tattoo that you want to completely remove, it may be as much as a year before the ink is completely eliminated from your body.

Speak to your practitioner and ask them to give you an estimate of how long they believe the process will take. But remember that each tattoo is different, so this will be their best guess.

How Long Does Recovery Take?

After a session of laser tattoo removal, you should find that any blisters, peeling or scabs should have within one to two weeks.

By six weeks, your skin should have fully healed and almost ready for another treatment. Any time between six to eight weeks is usually a good time to book in your next session. Your practitioner will be able to advise you on when is the best time to start your next treatment.

Are You Looking for High-Quality Tattoo Laser Removal?

If you’re looking for safe and effective tattoo laser removal then we’re here to help.

We use an advanced laser, the Fotona StarWalker ASP (Adaptive Structured Pulse) which uses ultra-short pulse technology to penetrate below your skin without harming the surface. The four different wavelengths break tattoo ink into tiny, pulverized pieces that your immune system can clear away.

We also offer other services, including chemical peels, skin tightening, laser hair removal, and breast augmentation. If you’re looking for a tummy tuck or a PRP injection, we can offer those too.

If you would like to know more about the services that we offer, or you want to book an appointment then please get in touch today.