Body Contouring

Liposuction

Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion. Dr. Pierce evaluates all candidates on an individual basis, noting qualities like the elasticity of the skin and the amount of excess fat to be removed, before he determines whether liposuction is a suitable treatment option.

The following areas may be treated with Liposuction:

  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Calves and ankles

After patients undergo liposuction procedure, the treated area is temporarily swollen, bruised, sore or numb for a few weeks. It will be necessary to wear a compression garment around the treated area to help minimize swelling and to support the healing tissues. Patients can expect to take pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. It is very important that you rest as much as possible and avoid any strenuous activity as the body heals.


Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. If fitness and weight control efforts have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical lift may be right for you.


Upper Arm Lift

An upper arm lift, also also known as brachioplasty, reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise.

This is a surgical procedure that:

  • Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward
  • Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
  • Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region

Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat.


Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and and in most cases will restore weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

Dr. John Pierce, plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, specializes in Tummy Tucks and has answered some of the common questions bizymoms visitors have about Tummy Tuck.

Tummy Tuck FAQ’s

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck (also known as an abdominoplasty) is basically removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightening up the abdominal wall that can get stretched out after child birth or weight gain/loss.  There are many variations and the specific type of tummy tuck depends on many variables.

How is a tummy tuck performed?

The surgery is usually done under general anesthesia. An incision is made in the lower abdomen and the skin and fat are raised off of the muscle and fascia (the fibrous tissue that covers the muscle). Extra fat is removed by direct excision and liposuction. The abdominal wall is tightened with sutures. The belly button is brought through a new hole and the excess skin is removed.; We place a drain that stays in place for around a week and a compression garment is used to minimize bruising and swelling. Most patients stay overnight in an outpatient surgery recovery facility.

How long does tummy tuck surgery take?

3 hours

Are there risks and complications to a tummy tuck?

As with any surgery, there are risks. The risks include, but are not limited to bleeding, infection, loss of skin, fluid accumulation, scarring.

What should one expect after the operation?

There will be moderate postoperative pain and “tightness” in the immediate postoperative period. We ask you not to get your heart rate up for around 2 weeks and avoid heavy lifting for 6 weeks. Most people can return to work, depending on their job, after 2 weeks.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The cost depends on the type of abdominoplasty performed. The average cost is around $11,000. This includes surgeon’s fee, O.R. fee, anesthesia and recovery center fees.

How long do the results of a tummy tuck last?

With good diet and exercise, the results are permanent. You can still gain weight and if the weight gain is excessive, the skin can stretch out again. We also recommend that women who plan on having children, wait until they are through having children before undergoing an abdominoplasty.