Every year our resolutions sound the same. We promise to eat better and exercise more, but somehow our best efforts rarely result in our dream physique. While plastic surgery and non-surgical treatments should never be a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, the plastic surgeons of Pittman Plastic Surgery offer our patients several body contouring procedures to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. To help you plan to reach those cosmetic goals in the coming year, we’ve provided a cheat sheet of body contouring procedures that can help you achieve your desired silhouette in 2013.
CoolSculpting® Fat Freezing
Problem:Small belly pooch, back bulge, muffin top, or love handles
Solution:For those areas that just don’t seem to quite fit into clothes like they used to, but don’t warrant surgical attention, we offer patients Athens’ only CoolSculpting® non-surgical fat reduction machine. CoolSculpting® uses cold temperatures to injure fat cells beyond viability that the body gradually dispels following 1-2 short 1 hour treatments; CoolSculpting® has been shown to reduce fat in a treatment area an average of 25%.
Problem: Small, isolated deposits of fat just below the skin on the hips, thighs, abdomen, arms, back, flanks, neck, and other areas.
Solution: Under anesthesia in Pittman Plastic Surgery’s AAAHC Accredited Surgical Suite, Dr. Ed Pittman or Dr. Piotr Skowronski make tiny incisions (typically less than 1/4”) to access the treatment area and inject a solution of anesthetic and adrenaline to limit post-operative bruising and swelling. Once the sterile tumescent fluid is injected, a thin hollow metal tube is used to suction the undesired fat from the body. Most liposuction patients are able to return to normal activities within a couple of weeks following their procedure. The prescribed aftercare instructions should be followed and compression undergarments worn to limit swelling and to maximize results.
Problem: Loose skin and excess fat isolated to the lower abdomen as the result of pregnancy or dramatic weight loss.
Solution: Performed in our accredited surgical suite, Dr. Pittman and Dr. Skowronski make an incision between the hip bones to excise the loose skin and access the underlying abdominal muscles for tightening. If needed, liposuction may also be used during tummy tuck surgery to contour the treatment area for a more proportional result. Most tummy tuck patients require several weeks of recuperation; however, the results can be dramatic. Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is also often included in combination procedures such as mommy makeover surgery.