Tummy Tuck

Charlotte laser plastic surgeryTummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty
An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure that can remove extra skin and fat, and tighten the underlying muscles to achieve a flat and toned abdomen. Patients who benefit from this procedure are those who have had a pregnancy, significant weight fluctuations, prior surgery, or simply a loss of muscle tone due to aging or heredity.

There are different types of abdominoplasty procedures: the traditional abdominoplasty, which addresses the entire abdomen and the mini-abdominoplasty, which addresses the abdominal contour from the belly button down. During your consultation, Dr. Liszka will advise you on which procedure will provide the results you desire.

This operation is done under general anesthesia and rarely requires an overnight stay. This procedure is frequently performed with other breast and body contour procedures. The recovery time for a tummy tuck is longer than liposuction because of tightening of the muscles. Most patients are able to return to work in 10 days to two weeks.

An abdominoplasty produces a scar that extends from one hip to the other. The scar is positioned to lie below the underwear line so it is usually concealed and fades over time. Like liposuction, a tummy tuck will provide long-lasting results in combination with a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss or obesity operation and patients with dramatic weight fluctuations should wait until their weight stabilizes to have the operation.


Liposuction is the most commonly performed body contour operation. Liposuction removes localized fat deposits and gives you a better-proportioned shape by slimming areas such as your abdomen, hips, back, thighs, lower legs, chest, arms, and neck. The practice of liposuction has dramatically improved in recent years and the procedure is now often called liposculpture, due to its fine-tuned precision. Dr. Liszka uses tumescent and power-assisted liposuction to allow you to achieve the best possible results in combination with the gentlest process available.

Liposuction is routinely done with general anesthesia but small areas may be treated under local anesthesia. Recovery time is dependent upon the areas treated and amount of fatty tissue removed, but is generally one week or less. Most patients feel comfortable returning to exercise within two weeks. Liposuction is frequently performed with other operations such as abdominoplasty or breast surgery.

With a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and exercise, most patients have long lasting results. However, this procedure does not treat cellulite, loose or saggy skin, and is not a treatment for obesity or weight loss.

The degree of swelling is most dependent on the area injected.

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Buttock Lift

Buttock Lift or Gluteoplasty

A buttock lift is a surgical procedure which results in a youthful, prominent, and perky buttock for a more sensual body profile. A buttock lift can be done by using your own fatty tissue or with an implant.

The most common way to perform a buttock lift is to harvest fat from another area of your body through liposuction and place it in the buttocks. This is commonly termed a Brazilian Butt Lift. This procedure is usually designed to fill the upper quadrant of the buttocks to give a lifted and fuller appearance, but Dr. Liszka will customize the areas for injection based upon your anatomy and desires.

Buttock implants are an alternative for patients who are too thin or do not have enough excess fatty tissue to give them the result they desire. The implants are a soft, solid silicone implant that gives a very natural contour.

Another type of buttock lift is to remove or excise excess skin of the buttock area. This procedure is usually done for those patients with massive weight loss or who have significant ptosis, or drooping, of the buttock that cannot be treated with addition of volume through fat grafting or implants alone. The scar is designed to be below the brief or bathing suit line.

Arm Lift

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, can remove the excess skin and fat deposits from the upper arms leaving them with a more pleasing and youthful contour.  Either through aging with the loss of skin elasticity or with massive weight loss, the upper arm skin can become loose and flabby. Diet and exercise will not make the skin tighter and surgery is necessary to obtain a tighter, more pleasing contour.

Liposuction of the upper arm is frequently done at the same time as a brachioplasty for best results. The incision for a brachioplasty extends from the elbow to the armpit on the inner aspect of the arm or along the posterior aspect of the arm. It is sometimes necessary to extend the incision to the side of the chest due to skin laxity there as well. This is more common with the massive weight loss patient.

Thigh Lift

What is a thigh lift or lower body lift?
The lower body lift surgical procedure tightens loose, sagging skin in the buttocks, posterior thighs, hips, outer thighs, and anterior thighs. It utilizes incisions which pass from the back around the hips to the front of the thighs.

The loose skin, as well as underlying fat tissue, is removed from below the incision to allow suspension of the remaining tissues to stretch and smooth the lower body, especially the buttocks and thighs.

The surgery begins in the back and requires repositioning during the surgery to address the hips and outer thighs and front of the thighs.

It can be combined with an abdominal skin tightening if needed. If a previous tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) has been performed or is not needed, the lower body lift can be extended to tighten the inner thighs.


Fat Transfer

What is Fat Transfer? 
Fat injection or grafting has broad applications in cosmetic surgery. Fat injected into areas requiring volume-enhancement produces safe, long-lasting, and natural-appearing results as volume is replaced to tissues where fat is diminished. Fat grafting usually involves harvesting fat from one part of the body, washing/purifying it, and the carefully re-injecting it with specially designed needles into the areas requiring augmentation. The procedure may need to be repeated several times to achieve the desired result.

Swelling, which is commonly seen after fat injection, usually resolves within 2-3 weeks. The degree of swelling is most dependent on the area injected.

Am I a good candidate for fat grafting?
Patients who benefit from fat grafting are people who desire augmentation or filling of volume-deficient areas. The most commonly grafted areas include the hands, face (including the lips), and depressions in the skin contour such as those that have developed following liposuction and scarring.

Generally, patients who are considered for fat injection are in good health. If you have a history of abnormal bleeding or swelling following a procedure you should notify your surgeon. A smoking history should be disclosed to your surgeon. Each patient's anatomy and proportions vary, and the decision to utilize fat injection techniques depends on the goals of the patient

Fat Injection Standard Procedure Techniques 
Fat is harvested using a special suction cannula using sterile technique. Once enough fat is obtained from the donor area, it is then purified. This often requires the use of a centrifuge which spins the fat and removes impurities. The fat is then placed into the areas requiring augmentation. The injection needle is usually passed in and out of the areas to be augmented multiple times. This creates a 'grid' of threads of fat graft. The areas that were injected may then be massaged by the surgeon to create a satisfactory contour. A dressing may then be placed.

Fat Injection Benefits/ Advantages 
Fat injection or grafting is a technique that is growing in popularity. Fat is one of most well-tolerated fillers available to aesthetic surgeons, and thus has broad applications. It is natural-appearing, lasts a long time, and is safe. It is an effective filler used for changing body contour, revising scars, filling depressions created by liposuction, and rejuvenating the hands and face. Perhaps most importantly, it spares the patient the inherent risks associated with fillers derived from animals or cadavers.

All materials provided by ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetics Plastic Surgery).


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