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Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?

When patients aren’t happy with their abdomen, whether it’s a pooch from childbirth or pockets of fat that won’t go away, they wonder if liposuction or a tummy tuck is the thing to correct the problem. While both procedures shape and sculpt the abdominal area, they go about it in vastly different ways.

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As America becomes bigger, so does liposuction. Last year, it was once again the most popular cosmetic surgery in the country. Liposuction targets excess pockets of fat such as love handles, spare tires, and muffin tops. Not a weight loss procedure, the ideal candidate for liposuction should be within their ideal body weight and have tried both diet and exercise to get rid of stubborn areas of fat.

Tummy tuck
Unlike liposuction, a tummy tuck doesn’t remove abdominal fat. A tummy tuck removes loose, handing abdominal skin and tightens the underlying muscles to re-contour the abdomen.

When trying to decide between the two procedures, the good news is you don’t have to! If you have issues with both excess fat and poor skin laxity in the abdominal area, Dr. Kimmel can perform both liposuction and a tummy tuck as part of your body-contouring plan.

So, if you’re unhappy with your tummy, let’s talk about what we can do to give you the contour you want. Call Dr. Kimmel at Keystone Surgery Center in Pottsville or Hazleton today.

Feel Like Your Old Self Again With a Mommy Makeover

Does your new baby have you feeling excited and joyful, but also a bit out of shape? It is very common for new mothers to feel like they’ve lost the firmness and youthful contours of their pre-pregnancy body. Some mothers feel satisfied with how their shape has bounced back but are still bothered by stretch marks or sagging breasts after months of breast feeding.

If you have experienced any combination of these changes in your body and would like a solution to stubborn fat deposits, stretch marks or sagging skin and breasts consider contacting Dr. Robert Kimmel today. While diet and exercise are extremely important in staying fit – there are some conditions that the gym with not sure. For these areas Dr. Kimmel is proud to offer what is called a mommy makeover.

A mommy makeover combines two or more cosmetic procedures to help mothers bring their bodies back to a slim and youthful shape. The most common procedures combined in a mommy makeover include: breast lifts or augmentations, tummy tucks or lipsuction, labioplasty, and even arm or neck lifts.

By combining procedures into one surgery you cannot only save money but also save precious moments away from your family.

If you have completed your child bearing activities, including breast feeding and are ready to feel and look like your old self again, contact Dr. Robert Kimmel today to learn more about a mommy makeover.

Look Younger and More Fit with an Arm Lift

It is very common for the skin under our arms to lose its elasticity and to sag over time. This condition is concerning for both male and female patients who visit Dr. Kimmel’s office. The sagging of the skin under the arms can also be attributed to dramatic changes in weight or muscle loss, which is a common cause in male patients.

Sagging skin under the arms can be especially stubborn and may not be improved over hours and hours of exercise. Many patients come to our office after trying countless other avenues to correct their sagging underarm skin. Also known as brachioplasty, an arm lift can help you quickly achieve a toned and firm appearance without the frustration.

A brachioplasty targets the excess skin in the area between the patient’s underarm and elbows. Brachioplasty can also be performed in combination with liposuction to remove excess fat and to help achieve a more toned arm contour. Otherwise, an arm lift will not eliminate fat from your arm.

An arm lift can be performed in just a couple of hours and you should be able to return home immediately with careful at home care instructions. You may experience swelling and even bruising after the procedure which should completely subside within a week or two of surgery as your arms’ new shape begins to reveal itself.

Don’t spend another day wishing that your arms looked more toned and youthful. Take an important step to dramatically improve your appearance and discuss an arm lift with Dr. Kimmel today.

Are You Torn Between Liposuction and Tummy Tuck?

“I have done everything to make my tummy appear flat and firmer but none of those things are actually working” is one of the most common statements we hear from men and women during consultations here at our Pottsville plastic surgery practice.

By and large, these patients are often torn between getting a liposuction or a tummy tuck. Each procedure has its own set of benefits and limitations and it all depends on your needs, preferences, and the outcomes you have in mind. If you’re on the same page as these patients, read on below to finally figure out which procedure suits you best!

When to Choose Liposuction

There are various types of liposuction out there but their goal is one and the same, that is to remove excess fats and skin tissues that cling to your abdominal area despite following a strict diet and exercise routine.

Liposuction is ideal if your skin has good elasticity. However, if you end up with loose, hanging skin after the excess fat has been removed, you might also want to consider a tummy tuck in conjunction with liposuction because the latter only removes fat but does not tighten skin. 

If you’re not aware of it yet, liposuction does more than remove excess fat in the abdominal area. It is also effective in reducing the appearance of pockets of fat in the back, arms, neck, hips, buttocks, thighs, ankles and breasts (that is in males suffering from abnormal breast enlargement).

When to Choose a Tummy Tuck

As mentioned earlier, a tummy tuck procedure (also known as abdominoplasty) is suited for individuals with loose skin and muscles in the abdominal area. It has also been shown to be effective in removing stretch marks and improving the appearance of flabby abdominal skin following massive weight loss and pregnancy.

Are you still confused between the two? Get in touch with us for an initial consultation and we’ll help you figure out. Apart from a tummy tuck and liposuction, we offer several body-contouring options that you might want to look into depending on your cosmetic needs and preferences.

Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel by filling out this contact form. You can also reach us at (570)622-2900!


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