Body Procedures

Liposuction, with or without Laser Enhancement (Dr. Rassel only)

One of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat from areas such as the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, chin, jowl, neck and upper arms that have not responded to diet and exercise. Local anesthesia or general anesthesia may be used and the procedure can last anywhere from one to five hours depending on the amount of fat being removed.

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There are several different methods Dr. Rassel uses when performing liposuction, including tumescent liposuction and Laser assisted liposuction. In all types, a tiny incision is made in an inconspicuous place, and an anesthetic solution is put into the fatty tissue. Laser fiber cannula is then inserted to both dissolve the fat and tighten skin dermis. Then a small cannula is inserted through the same tiny incision into the fat layer and suctions out oils and fat globules.

Recovery from liposuction is relatively quick and most patients feel up to returning to light duty within 2-7 days. However, compression garment is recommended for 4-6 weeks.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) (Dr. Rassel only)

A “Tummy Tuck” or Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to flatten a protruding abdomen by tightening the muscles in the abdominal wall and removing any excess fatty tissue and skin.  Many men and women successfully have this procedure that helps to improve their self esteem.  Realistic expectations are needed to appreciate any probable surgical outcome.

The best candidates for this procedure are those whose weight has been stabilized after their weight loss program or those who feel they are at their ideal weight.  Sometimes, the tummy tuck is combined with other cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation and liposuction.

The tummy tuck is usually performed in conjunction with liposuction of the upper abdomen and flanks.  An incision is made in the bikini area and sometimes an incision up to the belly button.  Excess skin and fat will removed through this incision.  The new flat abdominal skin will then be sutured or stapled after anchoring down to the low pelvis area.

After the procedure, it is important that the patient have bed rest.  Most patients are back to work in 1-2 weeks.  Results can be dramatic and patients love their new figure!

Fat Transfer

Also called micro-lipoinjection or fat transplantation, autologous fat transfer involves the removal and relocation of the patient’s own body fat to plump up an area that has lost volume as a result of surgery, injury, aging or another cause. Fat is removed through liposuction, often from the abdomen, buttocks or thighs. It is then processed and injected into the area being treated. Both sites are numbed with local anesthesia.

The procedure is commonly used for breast augmentation, buttock enhancement, facial wrinkle, and crease reduction. Because the transplanted fat comes from the patient, it does not carry a risk of allergic reaction or rejection. Other advantages include a short recovery time, long-lasting results and effectiveness on any skin type. New studies seemed to indicate that enhancing agents such as PRP or stem cell extraction are exciting frontiers in increasing fat cell survival after transfer.


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