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Have you found that no matter how much you exercise and how well you eat that your midsection just won’t shrink? This is often due to excess skin from loss of elasticity and separated abdominal muscles after massive weight loss or pregnancy. Dr. Renato Calabria performs tummy tuck surgery and mini tummy tuck surgery to help patients regain a slender, more toned appearance in their midsection.

Based on your particular needs and body shape, Dr. Calabria will recommend the most appropriate technique for your surgery. Patients who have weakened and separated abdominal muscles, as well as loose, hanging skin in the abdomen, are ideal candidates for a traditional tummy tuck. With this procedure, an incision is made along the lower abdomen from hipbone to hipbone. In most patients, another incision is made around the navel for further access to the underlying structures. The skin is separated from the muscle to allow Dr. Calabria to tighten the abdominal muscles. Your skin is then gently pulled down and any excess is trimmed away.

Patients with minimal excess skin and weakened muscles localized below the navel may be suitable for a mini tummy tuck. A shorter incision is made along the lower abdomen, and the separated muscles are tightened before the excess skin is trimmed away. This technique allows for a smaller scar and less recovery time.

Regardless of the technique used, most patients may anticipate minimal scarring that can be easily covered with most underwear and bathing suits. After your procedure, you can anticipate a more slender and toned midsection. With a healthy diet and regular exercise, patients often enjoy the results for many years.

If you would like more information regarding your options for tummy tuck surgery, please contact our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Renato Calabria. You may schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Calabria by calling (310) 777-0069 or filling out our online contact form.

 

If you have decided to undergo breast augmentation surgery, it is important to learn about all the options available for your procedure. Along with choosing your implant size and type, you will also want to think about the incision location and implant placement options. Based on the implant type chosen (saline or silicone gel), incisions can be placed along the breast crease, around the nipples, in the underarm, or sometimes in the navel.

Since silicone gel implants come pre-filled, they generally require a longer incision than saline implants. The most common incision type for silicone implants is along the breast crease. This allows for a slightly larger incision to be made (scarring is minimal) for the implant to be inserted with greater ease. Depending on the degree of enlargement desired and the patient’s particular anatomy, the incision for silicone implants can sometimes be made around the areola.

Saline implants are filled after they are inserted into the breast, which allows for a greater variety of options for the location of the incision. These include around the areola, under the breast in the crease, through the navel, and under the arm. Regardless of incision location, scarring is minimal and easily hidden by clothing and bathing suits.

Once you have chosen the best incision location to be used for your breast enhancement, you will need to decide where in the breasts to place the implants. Implant placement options include under the breast tissue but above the muscle (subglandular) or beneath both the breast tissue and the pectoral muscle (submuscular). Depending on the amount of breast tissue present, the implant may be best placed under the muscles to reduce the appearance of rippling. In addition, Dr. Calabria also offers the “dual plane” technique in which the implant is partially covered by the muscle. This option reduces risk of capsular contracture and rippling.

During an initial consultation, Dr. Renato Calabria can help you decide the best choices for your breast augmentation based on your individual circumstances. Every person’s body is different, and so the ideal placement options will be different for each person based on their individual anatomy. For more information on the procedure and to discuss your options for breast enhancement surgery, please call our board certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Calabria, at (310) 777-0069 or fill out our online contact form.

 

All About Your Liposuction Options For An Even Better You!

Men and women alike often struggle to get rid of stubborn fat deposits on their bodies. Although maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce a person’s overall amount of body fat, there are some areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Dr. Renato Calabria can provide you with a more slender, toned appearance by performing liposuction surgery, also known as “lipoplasty.”

When considering this body contouring procedure, it is important to learn about the various options available. Traditional lipoplasty involves the insertion of a cannula (thin, hollow tube) into the targeted area(s) through small incisions. The cannula is designed to break up the stubborn fat deposits, sculpt the area, and remove the excess fat via an attached suctioning device. Advancements in technology have provided additional options for the procedure, such as Ultrasonic liposuction and Laser Assisted Lipoplasty (SmartLipo). In addition, patients can now consider a non-surgical fat-reducing option: Liposonix.

Both Ultrasonic and Laser Assisted liposuction will require the same small incisions to be made for the cannula. With Ultrasonic lipoplasty, the tip of the cannula provides ultrasound waves to break up fat particles with greater ease than traditional liposuction. Laser Assisted liposuction uses a small laser at the end of the cannula to melt the fat deposits before gently removing them with the suctioning vacuum. Both of these options allow for less bruising, bleeding, and pain in the targeted areas compared to traditional liposuction.

The non-surgical liposuction technique, Liposonix, uses a high-intensity ultrasound to safely destroy fat cells beneath the skin’s surface. Using the handheld device, Dr. Calabria can perform this surgery in a single, one-hour treatment. The skin is not harmed and there are no incisions or downtime required; patients often return to their regular activities right after their procedure. The body will naturally process and eliminate the treated fat, and results will be seen 8 to 12 weeks after the procedure.

During an initial consultation, Dr. Calabria can recommend the most appropriate technique for you based on your specific needs and body type. To schedule an appointment with board certified surgeon Dr. Calabria and discus your liposuction options, please call (310) 777-0069 or fill out out online contact form.