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Body contouring refers to a group of cosmetic procedures that address stubborn fat and loose skin that do not respond to weight loss efforts, whether they be diet and exercise or bariatric surgery. Among the most popular body contouring procedures are liposuction and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), both of which are available at Plastic Surgery Center 46 with Dr. Shinji Lee. When expertly planned and executed, these body contouring procedures can produce noticeable and long-lasting results.
Why Patients Trust Dr. Shinji Lee for Body Contouring
Dr. Shinji Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience performing a range of body, breast and facial cosmetic procedures. She fine-tuned her surgical skill during her residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the prestigious SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she worked with some of the world’s top plastic and reconstructive surgeons. Not only is Dr. Lee exceptionally well-trained in plastic surgery, she is also an award-winning artist and sculptor. Her natural artistic abilities serve her well when performing body contouring, for which balance and harmony are key to producing natural-looking and beautiful results. It is Dr. Lee’s ability to combine science and art that makes her the preferred choice for men and women that want to fine-tune their body’s contours.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is considered by many to be the gold standard in fat removal, used to eliminate small bulges of fat on various body areas, including the abdomen, neck, hips, thighs, back, upper arms and buttocks. There are several liposuction techniques available; Dr. Lee will select the one that is most appropriate for your aesthetic needs and goals. Traditional liposuction involves creating several small incisions and inserting a thin tube known as a cannula to gently break up the fat tissues before suctioning them out. Dr. Lee is meticulous in her approach to liposuction. She is careful to not overcorrect or under-correct the area so the results appear natural.
Once the fat cells are removed, they cannot return. Nevertheless, healthy exercise and eating habits are important to maintain your slimmer physique after liposuction. Liposuction can be performed as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with another body contouring procedure to achieve more comprehensive results.
What is Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck removes excess, loose skin to create a flatter and firmer abdominal contour. The procedure can also address weakened abdominal muscles that have separated due to pregnancy or weight gain. Dr. Lee offers both full tummy tuck and “mini” tummy tuck, depending on the degree of correction desired. Full tummy tuck requires creating a horizontal incision slightly above the pubic hairline, from hipbone to hipbone. Through this incision, Dr. Lee sutures the separated muscles to create a tighter and flatter abdominal wall. If necessary, she performs liposuction to remove pockets of fat before excising loose skin. The remaining skin is redraped over the tissues, and the incisions are closed with sutures.
Dr. Lee may recommend a mini tummy tuck if the trouble spots are limited to the lower abdomen. This technique requires a shorter incision and quicker recovery than full tummy tuck. The surgeon will consider various factors, including your personal preferences, when recommending a surgical technique.
Discuss Your Body Contouring Goals with Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee and her staff are committed to the safety and satisfaction of her patients. From your initial consultation to your final follow-up appointment, they will be with you every step of the way to ensure your plastic surgery journey is a safe and successful one.
To discuss your body contouring concerns and goals with Dr. Lee, schedule a one-on-one consultation. Contact Plastic Surgery Center 46 by calling or emailing us today.