In addition to experience in a wide array of reconstructive procedures in Hand and Plastic Surgery, Dr. Henry Paul, Jr. offers Cosmetic services and procedures.

  Abdominoplasty
  Arm Lift
 Breast Augmentation
  Breast Reduction
  Breast Lift
  Body Contouring
  Botox & Filler Injection
  Chemical Peels
  Dermabrasion
  Ear Refinement
  Liposuction
  Rhinoplasty
  Thigh Lift
   
These procedures are generally considered cosmetic but at times do impact one's health rendering the surgery medically necessary.

Body Contouring

Because of the many miraculous health benefits of bariatric surgery, a relatively new, safe and important subspecialty in plastic surgery has been prompted. This new "subspecialty" is termed Post-Bariatric Body Contouring.

Following weight loss, deflated and excess tissues can lead to mild to moderate deformities as well as other physical, emotional, and psychosocial issues.

Post-bariatric body contouring is used to treat deformity, wounds, and rashes. There are multiple body contouring procedures. The most common are breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, arm lift, and thigh lift as well as the use of liposuction.

The "Core" is Key: Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

For the nearly 100,000 Americans undergoing weight reduction surgery, every year, the health benefits and return to wellness have been well documented.

Many of patients undergo deformational changes in the skin and remaining fat following significant weight loss. These changes can present other less severe problems which prompt many patients to seek correction by Plastic Surgery.

The changes after weight loss can affect multiple body areas, and have varying degrees of severity. There are as many corrective procedures as there are problems. The mainstay of post-bariatric body contouring however, is the repair of the lower abdomen/torso (abdominoplasty or panniculectomy). Alterations in this area will affect all other body parts as healing progresses, and should be performed first.

Benefits include: prevention of rashes and chafing, improved shape, greater physical mobility, and sometimes reduction in pain and discomfort. Scarring & other risks can occur

Liposuction as a Supplement

To refine the operative re-contouring, liposuction is often used as a supplemental sculpting tool. Liposuction removes the fat between the skin-complex and the deep muscle. A straw-shaped surgical instrument is used to remove specifically targeted fat. It can remarkably improve "lumpy" areas of diet resistant fat.

The operations are usually performed on an outpatient basis. They are considered major operations and require general anesthesia. The usual recovery time is between 10 and 15 days. During that time special compression garments and drainage tubes have to be worn. Healing changes and slight discomfort continue for up to two months.

For additional information please visit: www.plasticsurgery.org

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