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Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation is performed to increase the size and fullness of the breast. Women whose breasts are disproportionately small, or whose breasts have sagged or “deflated” after childbirth, or who have unevenly-shaped or sized breasts, are candidates for the procedure. At times, it is necessary to lower the inframammary fold to achieve the results we are looking for. If the breasts droop too much, a “lifting” procedure may be required in addition to, or instead of the augmentation.

The location of the incisions, under/over the muscle, breast size, choice of implant type and shape are custom designed for each patient based on their needs and their body and breast types.

 

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Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, also known as the "tummy tuck," is an operation performed to remove excess fatty tissue and skin folds in the mid and lower abdominal region and to tighten up the abdominal wall. When women have had children, the lining of the abdominal muscles can rip and the abdomen can develop a bulge. Men sometimes have tummy tucks too if they suffer from excess abdominal skin and fat.

There are several types of abdominoplasty, ranging from a minor removal of hanging skin (a mini-tummy tuck) to a major abdominoplasty where the entire abdomen is tightened. It is designed to remove only as much excess skin and fatty tissue as is practical and safe. Stretch marks, where possible, will be removed along with the excess skin. However, stretch marks on the remaining abdominal skin cannot be removed.

 

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Liposuction

Liposuction surgery has now become the most commonly performed operation in Plastic Surgery. This procedure is used to improve your figure in either one specific area, or in several areas. Modern liposculpture is a both a scientific procedure and an artistic one, incorporating a concern for the patient’s well-being and health during and after surgery with a genuine artistic sculpting of tissues.

Who Will Benefit From The Procedure?

Patients seeking liposuction for improvement of body contour have generally tried multiple diets and exercise programs, to no avail. Certain problem areas remain. It is important to realize that suction lipectomy is not a method of weight reduction in itself, as relatively little weight of fat is removed from the body when the surgery is performed safely. The procedure is designed specifically to improve body contour. Therefore, it is important for you to be at or close to your "set point" weight.

To be safe, the surgeon must not exceed the safe limits of fat removal or administration of local anesthetic, and always consider the health of the patient before proceeding with the procedure.

Liposuction will not change the appearance of the skin. Skin which is loose, dimpled, wrinkled, or having multiple depressions or waves prior to surgery, will not be improved following surgery. In general, patients with firm elastic skin with minimal wrinkling and redundancy, with well-controlled and stable weight, and with limited areas of fatty tissue excess, can expect the most favorable results. Localized deposits of excess fat in the hips and "saddle bag" areas, as well as inner and outer thigh areas, are usually quite improved following the procedure.

Given the same effort and diet as before the surgery, patients maintain a slightly lower weight, with much less trouble from the "trouble spots". It is the obligation of the patient to continue to watch their diet and exercise as much as possible.

 

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Tom Pousti, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Pousti Plastic Surgery
Office Address:
San Diego
8851 Center Drive
Suite 300
San Diego, CA 91942

La Jolla
7301 Girard Ave.
Suite 203
La Jolla, CA 92037

Murrieta Valley
29995 Technology Dr.
Suite 103
Murrieta, CA 92563
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