Contour Shaping Through Lifts, Liposuction, and Tummy Tuck at Dr. Henry's San Francisco Bay Area Body Centers

Deciding to have cosmetic surgery is comparable to any other important decision - a decision that's right up there with choosing a car, job, home, or anything else that will have a major impact upon your life. Don't trust your body to just anyone.

The role of the plastic surgeon is to help the patient establish realistic expectations of the final outcome, striving for improvement rather than perfection. The surgeon must also prepare you for all aspects of the procedure and inform you of potential risks or complications. Dr. Henry is committed to helping patients achieve their goals. She has the skill, expertise, and artistic eye necessary to help achieve optimal, beautiful results.

We invite you to visit Dr. Henry's comprehensive body contouring website at www.marinliposuction.com to learn more information about the variety of techniques and specialty procedures offered by Dr. Henry. 

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Liposuction

Liposuction at Dr. Henry's San Francisco Bay Area centers is a very effective plastic surgery procedure for improving the body's contour and proportion. Liposuction produces a more flattering figure by reducing excess subcutaneous fat, which is resistant to diet and exercise. Commonly targeted areas for liposuction treatment at our San Francisco Bay Area centers are the neck (under the chin), upper arms and armpits, male chest/breasts, trunk, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, inner knees, calves, and ankles.

Most patients are of average weight and desire permanent contour changes, although Dr. Henry's advanced techniques used in liposuction now allow her to safely remove larger amounts of fat and can be useful in treating heavier persons as well. First, small suction tubes (called cannulas) are inserted through very short incisions placed in inconspicuous locations near the fat deposits. Next, excess fat is essentially vacuumed out, leaving the treated area looking much more toned.

For patient safety and comfort, general anesthesia is usually used during liposuction at Dr. Henry's San Francisco Bay Area offices, and is performed on an outpatient basis. The patient goes home with a compression garment (or tape) covering the treated areas. Compression is advised for about a month after liposuction treatment, as it helps reduce swelling and speeds recovery. Pain and soreness usually subside within two to four weeks. Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication and the final liposuction results take shape over 2-3 months.

Additional cosmetic surgery procedures that may enhance Dr. Henry's liposuction results at her San Francisco Bay Area centers are tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast reduction, breast lift, breast augmentation, thigh lift, or buttock lift.

For more information on liposuction in San Francisco and the Bay area, contact Dr. Kimberly A. Henry's offices in Davis, Greenbrae, and Petaluma.

Thigh-Buttock Lift

The thigh or buttock lift can produce fantastic results by creating tighter, more attractive contours. It is particularly useful for patients who have experienced a loss of skin elasticity or have dimpled skin in the thigh, hip and buttock areas.

An inner thigh lift procedure requires only short incisions extending from the anterior part of the thigh/groin crease around to the buttock crease. Performing an entire thigh or buttock lift requires much longer incisions that start in the buttock crease, and extend around the groin, up over the side of the abdomen, over the flank and across the back. Once the incisions are made, excess skin is lifted upward and removed. Dr. Henry is sensitive to the placement of the resulting scars from such cosmetic surgery procedures. As a result, Dr. Henry will discuss a wide variety of thigh and buttock lift incision placements available to meet personal or clothing needs.

The thigh or buttock lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis unless otherwise advised by the surgeon. After the thigh or buttock lift procedure is complete, the patient is placed in a compression garment to reduce swelling and assist in the natural tightening of the skin. While initial discomfort associated with smaller thigh or buttock lifts is easily controlled with prescription pain medication, larger thigh or buttock lifts may initially require one or two nights of care in a skilled nursing facility or hospital. Bruising and swelling, the most common side effects of thigh and buttock lifts usually subside within a month; strenuous activities may generally be resumed within six weeks. 

Additional cosmetic surgery procedures that may enhance thigh or buttock lift results at Dr. Henry's San Francisco Bay Area centers include liposuction (or liposculpture), breast enlargement, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).

For more information on thigh and buttock lift procedures in San Francisco and the Bay area, contact Dr. Kimberly A. Henry's offices in Davis, Greenbrae, and Petaluma. 

Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, as performed at Dr. Henry's San Francisco Bay Area centers, is an excellent way to create a smoother, flatter abdomen, especially if the loose or sagging abdominal wall skin is resistant to diet and exercise. Dr. Henry offers several types of tummy tuck in the San Francisco Bay Area and will suggest several modified procedures to fit individual needs.

During tummy tuck an incision is made across the lower abdomen and the skin is lifted upward. The belly button is saved by removing it from the skin, and then the excess abdominal skin is removed. A small opening is made in the position of the original navel and the belly button is replaced. Finally, the abdominal incision is sutured close. Mini- tummy tuck tightens the lower abdominal wall skin and requires the shortest incision. Modified tummy tuck addresses specific locations where just the muscle wall or abdominal skin requires repair. Standard tummy tuck tightens all of the abdominal wall skin and muscles. Extended tummy tuck tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides, and requires the longest incision extending around the flanks onto the lower back.

For patient safety and comfort, tummy tuck at our San Francisco Bay Area centers is performed under general anesthesia either within the hospital or in an outpatient setting. With our use of the drug Exparel and pain pumps, post op discomfort is reduced and patients can usually return to work in 7-10 days. Patients are encouraged to begin moving and walking regularly within one to two days of tummy tuck surgery. Light activity should become more comfortable within in 10-20 days of your cosmetic surgery procedure, but intense activities such as sports will not be comfortable for about six weeks.

Additional cosmetic surgery procedures that may enhance tummy tuck results at Dr. Henry's San Francisco Bay Area centers are liposuction, breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or thigh lift.

For more information on abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in San Francisco and the Bay area, contact Dr. Kimberly A. Henry's offices in Davis, Greenbrae, and Petaluma.

UPPER ARM LIFT

An upper arm lift is a perfect plastic surgery solution for eliminating unsightly, sagging skin on the upper arms caused by aging, genetics, or weight loss. This safe, popular cosmetic surgery procedure creates beautifully toned, shapely arms.

Upper arm lift procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. In order to remove excess skin, an incision is made on the inner arm that runs from near the top of the elbow into the armpit. Then, unwanted skin and fatty tissue are carefully removed to reveal slimmer, leaner arms.

After upper arm lift surgery, the arms are either wrapped or placed in an elastic sleeve to reduce swelling. Initial healing usually occurs within 10-14 days. Sutures are usually removed within the first two to three weeks. Swelling and bruising gradually disappear over three to four weeks of having upper arm lift. All swelling subsides within three to six months. The scars fade in 6-24 months, depending on skin type and resiliency.

An additional cosmetic surgery procedure that may enhance upper arm lift results is liposuction of the upper arm or armpits (axillae).

For more information on upper arm lift in San Francisco and the Bay area, contact Dr. Kimberly A. Henry's offices in Davis, Greenbrae, and Petaluma.