Body contouring surgery refers to several operations that are used to remove excess skin and fat from the body in order to achieve a more desirable shape. These operations include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast lift (mastopexy), buttock lift, thigh lift, brachioplasty (arm lift) and any combination of these. Further details for each operation can be found in a separate section dedicated to it. What they all have in common is that, with the exception of liposuction, a scar is exchanged for better shape. Most patients have lost large amounts of weight (50 to 200 pounds), often as a result of weight loss surgery, and were left with loose, hanging, undesirable skin. They find the trade off worth while. All of these procedures are done under general anesthesia and take several hours to do. Because I do all of my surgery on an outpatient basis, I limit the amount of time I can keep a patient asleep to about five hours as a safety precaution.
When I first walked into your office your staff was more than pleasant to deal with. Alice, Jan (both Jan’s), Nicole and Don treated me with the most respect ever. I have never felt so confident in doing something as I did with your staff. TM, Roanoke, VA
For reasons of economy and convenience, many patients wish to have more than one procedure done concurrently. When possible, I try to accommodate these requests and combine two procedures, however, safety is our number one priority and some of the more lengthy procedures may not lend themselves to combination with others. My patients must be able to go home after their procedures. We do not offer overnight accommodations. If I feel that a patient requires closer observation after a procedure, then I would admit him or her to a hospital, however this is reserved for emergencies only. Our office provides patients with separate insurance for emergencies like this. Most patients that have multiple areas requiring several operations will plan them out in a staged fashion over time. I offer some discount on the cost of each when more than two are done to ease the financial burden. Each person’s need is considered on an individual basis.