North Florida Liposuction
John W. Tyrone, MD
1204 N.W. 69th Ter, Suite F
Gainesville, Florida 32650
Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member of the American Society
of Plastic Surgeons
Body contouring surgery refers to surgical correction of contour problems using a combination of surgical techinques, such as liposuction and/or skin reduction procedures. Generally, arms, thighs, tummy, hips, back and other areas can be treated with body contouring surgery. If you are not a good candidate for liposuction or skin excision alone, you may be a candidate for body contouring surgery. As these specialized techniques need to be tailored specifically to the individual patient, Dr. Tyrone will develop a surgical plan specific to you after your consultation. No two patients are alike, and Dr. Tyrone can discuss with you which combination of procedures can give you the results you desire.
Body contouring surgery is an outpatient procedure performed at Dr. Tyrone’s ambulatory surgery facility located in Gainesville, Florida. Our convenient location allows us to serve patients from all of north Florida and south Georgia. Dr. Tyrone understands that the decision to undergo Plastic Surgery is an important one, and he knows the importance of educating you before, during and after the procedure. He firmly believes the most informed patients are also the most comfortable, confident and satisfied patients.
Please contact our cosmetic Plastic Surgery practice in Gainesville, Florida to schedule a liposuction, tummy tuck, body contouring or gynecomastia surgery with Dr. Tyrone.
Brachioplasty: A brachioplasty (often spelled brachiaplasty ) is an operation aimed to improve contours of the upper arms through a combination of liposuction and direct excision of tissues. Though it is some times done as an isolated procedure, it is typically performed in patients who have had significant weight loss. In these patients, the arm lift or brachiaplasty is performed as part of a series of operations on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms and breasts to recontour a patient's entire body. Redundant fat and skin from the upper arms is removed through an incision concealed in a natural crease where the arm meets the axilla (a short scar brachiaplasty). For patients with more severe laxity and tissue redundancy, an incision may need to be extended along the medial aspect of the upper arm. All incisions are anchored to deeper structures of the arm to prevent the final scar from spreading (ie a wide scar) and migrating inferiorly.
Thigh Lift and Reduction Surgery: A lateral thigh and buttock lift is aimed at restoring a more youthful contour to these regions. Excess skin and fat are removed from lax areas and the skin and deeper supporting sturctures are tightened. It is often done in conjunction with a lower body lift to address soft tissue laxity of the abdomen, lateral thighs and buttock areas. Results can be dramatic. Fat harvested from another region of the body can be transplanted to the buttocks to create a fuller buttock if desired ("Brazilian Butt Lift"). A medial thigh lift (medial thigh plasty) is an operation aimed to improve contours of the medial thigh region through a combination of liposuction and direct excision. Though some times it is done as an isolated procedure, it is typically performed in patients who have had significant weight loss. In these patients, the medial thigh lift is performed as part of a series of operations on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms and breasts to recontour a patient’s entire body. Redundant fat and skin removed from the upper, inner thigh through an incision concealed in a natural crease where thigh meets the groin. For patients with more severe laxity and tissue redundancy, an incision may need to be extended along the medial aspect of the thigh. All incisions are anchored to deeper structures of the thigh to prevent the final scar from spreading (ie a wide scar) and migrating inferiorly. However, for individuals with more severe thigh contour problems, an incision may also be necessary which extends from the groin area along the inside of the thigh down to the knee.
Body Lifts: A lower body lift also known as circumferential abdominoplasty or belt lipectomy is indicated in those patients who may normally seek a traditional abdominoplasty but also have excess skin in their lateral thighs and buttocks. The lower body lift procedure improves the contours of the abdomen, lateral thighs and buttocks in a single operation. It is most commonly performed in patients that have had a significant weight loss from diet and exercise or from bariatric surgery. A lower body lift is an excisional procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, thighs and buttocks. Results can be dramatic. The best candidates for circumferential body contouring procedures such as a lower body lift are those who have maintained a stable weight for at least six months.
Isolated lifts such as an abdominoplasty or lateral thigh lift are appropriate in the right patients; however, when performed in patients with a cirumferential problem, an isolated lift may result in disproportion with the remaining unlifted tissues. It is these patients with laxity of the buttocks, thighs and abdomen who are well suited for a lower body lift. Rather than just recontouring the abdomen alone, a lower body lift improves the contours of the entire trunk.
Below are a few of the commonly asked questions regarding body contouring. We understand that patients often have many other questions, and we strongly encourage you to write them down and bring them with you to your consultation. Dr. Tyrone is happy to answer any question you may have, and believes the most informed patients are the most satisfied patients.
Am I a good candidate for body contouring surgery?
Liposuction is the ideal treatment for patients at or slightly above their normal weight who are bothered by isolated pockets of fat that significantly take away from their body’s contour. Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity and it is not recommended in patients who have a significant amount of excess skin or skin of poor quality (significant stretch marks). For patients with excess skin and poor quality skin, excisional surgery such as abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery is a better option. Liposuction works by reducing the volume or amount of fat in a particular area and then allowing the skin to redrape, contract and shrink to envelope the reduced volume. Skin with stretch marks and skin of older patients may not tighten over the area which has been reduced by liposuction. Some of the more common areas treated by liposuction are the abdomen, hips, flans, lateral thighs, medical thighs, medial knees, chin and arms.
Liposuction patients are amongst the happiest cosmetic surgery patients. If you are unsure liposuction is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tyrone to find out.
What will my liposuction consultation with Dr. Tyrone entail?
During your initial liposuction consultation, Dr. Tyrone will inquire about your medical and surgical history including current medications and allergies. It is important to be thorough when discussing your medical history as safety is Dr. Tyrone’s top priority. Your full disclosure of all pertinent medical information prior to surgery will reduce the incidence of unwanted complications after surgery. You will discuss your concerns and motivations for seeking liposuction. Details of liposuction will be discussed including incision placement as well what is expected of you preoperatively and postoperatively. The risks of surgery will also be discussed in detail. Numerous before and after photographs of actual patients will be reviewed during your consultation.
You will then be asked to put a gown on. Dr. Tyrone will then carefully examine the areas which concern you (abdomen, thighs, arms, etc). Photographs will be taken. Dr. Tyrone will then review your photographs with you. Differences between the contours of the two sides of your body (i.e. asymmetry) will be noted and proposed incisions demonstrated. Dr. Tyrone encourages you to ask any questions during you consultation. Following your consultation, you will meet with Dr. Tyrone’s patient coordinator, to discuss scheduling your surgery and answer any questions you may have forgotten to ask Dr. Tyrone.
Liposuction surgery is not an exact science. Although the majority of patients experience no comp0lications, Dr. Tyrone will discuss potential risks and complications of liposuction (suction lipectomy, lipoplasty) surgery at the time of your consultation. Prior to undergoing liposuction surgery with Dr. Tyrone, it is important for you to fully understand the risks and potential complications associated with your procedure.
What is liposuction, suction lipectomy or lipoplasty?
In liposuction, fat is removed via a small, hollow tube called a cannula. Incisions are placed in areas where the body’s natural creases will minimize any potential scarring. Incisions are smaller than a centimeter in length. Once the incision is made, solution containing anesthesia and epinephrine (“wetting solution”) are infused to minimize pain and blood loss. Once the area to be treated has been infused with wetting solution, the cannula is connected to a suction unit and guided by the expert hands of Dr. Tyrone. The cannula device then literally suctions away the unwanted fat – permanently. Care is taken to avoid irregularities in the skin caused by aggressive superficial liposuction. Care is also taken to avoid causing depressions from overly aggressive fat removal.
What do I need to do to prepare for my liposuction surgery?
Once you have scheduled your liposuction surgery with Dr. Tyrone, you will be given preoperative instructions which discuss everything from finances to follow-up visits after your surgery. Prior to your liposuction surgery, you may need basic blood work and medical clearance form your primary medical doctor. It is important to have the medication prescriptions filled in the days prior to your surgery so they are waiting for you when you return home from surgery.
You will receive a list of medications (i.e. aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to avoid for 14 days prior to your liposuction surgery. Additionally, though there is no scientific proof that certain medications reduce bruising, swelling and pain after liposuction surgery, you will be asked to obtain Arnica Montana, Bromelain and Vitamin A pills to take prior to and after your procedure. Finally, the night before surgery, shower and wash as you would normally and do not eat or drink after midnight.
What results can I expect after my liposuction surgery?
Assuming you were a good candidate for liposuction, you will see a noticeable improvement in your body’s contour soon after surgery. Improvement continues for up to six months after surgery as the swelling subsides and skin contraction becomes maximal. Provided you maintain a stable weight by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, you will be able to maintain your new shape for years to come.
Where will my liposuction surgery take place?
Dr. Tyrone performs liposuction surgery in Gainesville, Florida at the state of the art Laser and Outpatient Surgery Center, located in the physician park behind North Florida Regional Medical Center. The Surgery Facility is certified at the highest level by American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. Our entire staff is dedicated to your comfort and satisfaction. A beautifully decorated reception area, comfortable exam rooms, private dressing rooms for patients preparing for surgery, and attentive care from our staff through all phases of your recovery help to make your entire surgical experience a pleasant one. Every measure has been taken to ensure your safety and comfort.
When you arrive at the surgical facility for your liposuction surgery with Dr. Tyrone, you will check in and be escorted to the surgery suite. Dr. Tyrone and his nurses will meet with you prior to your surgery.
If Dr. Tyrone feels a hospital is a more appropriate setting for your liposuction surgery (large volume liposuction procedures), he has full privileges at North Florida Regional Medical Center.