By Dr. Samuel Shatkin Jr., MD, FACS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Body shaping and contouring can be achieved with a variety of procedures, both surgical and non-surgical to meet our patient's goals and desires. Changes during our lifetime leave us with areas of unwanted fatty deposition and contour irregularities. Pregnancies, weight gain and weight loss can leave a woman’s abdomen stretched, scarred, loose and saggy. Many men also suffer from unsightly fat around the stomach, waist and love-handles. Both men and women have areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Despite diet and exercise some patients are still unable to improve the contour of the Tummy. These patients would be good candidates for abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. The abdominoplasty operation essentially is removal of excess skin predominately in the lower abdomen to tighten the skin which may have resulted from multiple pregnancies, weight loss or a combination of these two. The abdominoplasty will often include a tightening of the rectus muscle separation that occurs from multiple pregnancies or weight loss. Many patients may benefit from a mini tummy tuck which is removing and tightening the skin in the lower abdomen and this is often accompanied by liposuction.
Even with diet and exercise, most people have stubborn pockets of fat that seem impossible to lose. Unlike Coolsculpting, Sculpsure’s body contouring technology is able to target and can destroy the targeted fat cells safely in just 25 minutes without affecting the skin’s surface. There is no recovery time following treatment, so you can resume your daily activities immediately. Generally, about 15 - 20% of the targeted fat is affected and patients may need multiple treatments to achieve optimal results.
When the body changes occur after childbirth, mommy makeover procedures can help to regain the look you desire. Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck, Liposuction and Body contouring procedures are popular for helping to improve the body appearance after childbirth. Dr. Shatkin has travelled across the country sharing his unique techniques on the subject. Here is an interview from Dr. Shatkin discussing his views on the subject. To learn more about specific procedures click the links below the video.
Men that are embarassed about the way their chest looks, or just want to have better definition, can consider a Gynecomastia Reduction.
In Buffalo and Western New York Gynecomastia is performed by Dr. Shatkin. The goal of gynecomastia treatment is to reduce breast size in men who are embarrassed by overly large breasts. Reduction methods include liposuction, cutting out excess glandular tissue or using a combination of liposuction and excision. Dr. Shatkin also incorporates the use of ultrasonic liposuction for removal of more fibrous breast removal when needed. Your surgery can be performed in the office based surgery center at the Aesthetic Associates Centre. Gynecomastia can be effectively and safely improved or corrected completely.
The body lift or Belt Lipectomy is a procedure that can help to tighten skin around the torso which may have become lax following pregnancy or massive weight loss after bariatric surgery. Excess sagging fat and skin are removed to treat conditions caused in part by poor tissue elasticity. A body lift generally includes removal of excess skin in the abdominal area in front as well as around the lower back and buttock. It is often combined with liposuction to achieve the best contours.
Dr. Shatkin has refined the technique to be considered Liposculpture. Liposuction or Liposculpture is an operation where localized areas of fat can be removed from areas that a patient desires improved contour. It is not uncommon for patients who are overweight to inquire with Dr. Shatkin during the consultation of the possibility of liposuction. In most cases Dr. Shatkin and his staff will work with the individual to help them lose weight if necessary to allow them to be an ideal candidate for liposuction. Liposuction is frequently used to contour the tummy, the love handles for men, or saddlebags for women. It can also be used for other areas of the body including the face, neck, arms and legs.
An upper arm lift, also know as brachioplasty, is a procedure that can remove excess and unsightly skin. Many patients complain that they cannot fit into normal shirts due to imbalance of their upper arms compared to the rest of their body. During surgery, Dr. Shatkin will remove excess skin as needed to tighten the upper arm. The procedure is often combined with liposuction to reduce the overall volume if needed.
Dr. Shatkin's WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
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