Dr. Greg Liebscher performs various cosmetic body procedures with lasting, comfortable, and satisfying results. Below is brief information about several of the Colorado Springs plastic surgery procedures offered by Gregory J. Liebscher, MD, FACS:
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes the excess fat located between the muscle and skin. The procedure is accomplished through the use of a cannula, which is a small tube constructed of stainless steel. The tube, or cannula, is then attached to a suction pump that is inserted into the fat via small incisions made in the skin. During the removal of fat, the suction creates small tunnels throughout the fat layers. Once the procedure is completed, the tunnels collapse, resulting in improved body contour.
On what parts of the body is liposuction used successfully?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the following are areas of the body on which liposuction is effective:
- Ankles and calves.
- Neck, chin and cheeks.
- Inner knee.
- Upper arms.
- Waist and abdomen.
- Buttocks and hips.
What conditions will liposuction not remedy?
The liposuction procedure is not an adequate treatment for obesity nor is it a substitute for exercise and proper diet.
A tummy tuck, which is also referred to as an abdominoplasty, is the surgical removal of extra skin and fat from the abdomen and the subsequent tightening of the abdominal wall muscles. Individuals who are presently in good health are the best candidates for a tummy tuck.
Who typically benefits from a tummy tuck?
Women who have had more than one pregnancy and have loose skin on their tummy as a result, find the procedure helpful in removing excess skin and tightening of the abdominal wall. Individuals who were once obese and have only the loose skin around their belly also find tummy tucks helpful.
Types of tummy tucks:
- Complete tummy tuck: This is the abdominoplasty procedure where a surgeon cuts from hipbone to hipbone and then contours the muscle, tissue and skin as necessary.
- Mini or partial tummy tuck: This procedure is often used on individuals whose fat deposits are located primarily below the navel.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons defines a body lift as a cosmetic surgery that tones and shapes the underlying tissue that undergirds the skin and fat. A body lift is most often utilized to remove excess skin and can even positively impact an irregular skin surface, such as cellulite. The purpose of a body lift is to repair skin issues that have come about as a result of poor tissue elasticity.
What areas of the body can be included in a body lift?
- Abdominal area.
An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is simply a procedure that is designed to reduce fat localized in the upper arm region, tighten and smooth the underlying tissue that shapes and defines the upper arm and to reduce sagging or drooping skin. In most cases, age, heredity or fluctuations in weight causes sagging or dropping upper arms. The arm lift surgical procedure was created as a way to remedy this issues, since this problem is not remedied by exercise.
A thigh lift, which is also referred to as thighplasty, is a popular type of cosmetic surgery designed to reshape the thigh, making it firmer and thinner. Ideal candidates for thigh lifts are individuals who are non-smokers, have excess soft tissues along their inner thigh region and those whose weight has remained stable.
Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure that corrects issues associated with the condition gynecomastia, which is the overdevelopment or enlarging of the breasts in men. The condition can be a result of many factors, including obesity, heredity and hormonal changes. It is characterized by glandular tissue development, localized fat and excessive breast skin. Gynecomastia is sometimes found in both breasts and sometimes in just one.
Body contouring after a substantial weight loss
Body contouring is a procedure performed on both men and women and is designed to improve the tone and shape of the body by removing sagging fat and excess skin. While it removes the excess skin and fat, the body contouring procedure also improves the shape of the supporting tissues, resulting in a smoother contour to the body.
Types of body contouring procedures
Body contouring is considered part of various procedures, including the following:
- Arm lift: Corrects sagging upper arms.
- Medial thigh lift: This procedure addresses a sagging mid, outer and inner thigh.
- Lower body lift: Sagging groin, outer thigh, abdomen or buttocks.
- Tummy tuck: Remove excess skin from the abdomen.
- Breast lift: Correct flattened, sagging breasts.
- Facelift: Address sagging neck, jowls and mid-face.
To learn which cosmetic body procedures is right for you, contact the office of Colorado Springs cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Greg Liebscher, to schedule a free cosmetic consultation.