A Mommy Makeover is a well-deserved reprieve from your daily ‘mommy activities’. That being said, we recognize that being a mom is a full time obligation and leaves you with little time to devote to yourself. As you embark on your Mommy Makeover journey, we encourage you to make and dedicate time to preparing yourself, your family, and your home. Allowing yourself to focus on the process enables successful results.
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Women have long struggled with the annoyance of an enlarged labia. Once a taboo topic—as of late, labiaplasty has become far more commonplace. Exemplifying this, in 2015, labiaplasty saw a 16 percent increase over 2014. Perhaps more telling, in the same year, the number of labiaplasty procedures performed nearly doubled with teenage girls.
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Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgeries in America, with roughly 500,000 surgeries performed each year. For patients with healthy lifestyles who find that certain parts of their body don’t respond to proper diet and exercise, plastic surgeons can remove stubborn fatty deposits with a tube and suction device. It can target many parts of the body, including:
- face, neck and chin
- upper arms
- chest and breasts
- hips and thighs
The VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) system ensures added comfort and precision with an advanced ultrasonic device that uses ultrasound to emulsify fatty tissue without harming the surrounding tissue.
In general, candidates for liposuction should be younger adult non-smokers, with stable body weight and skin that retains its elasticity. Liposuction is not a weight-loss method and is rarely suitable for obese patients.
Techniques Used in VASER Liposuction
Before the procedure, the patient is given local or general anesthetic, depending on the extent of the fatty deposits. Liposuction begins with a small incision near the specified area. After injecting tumescent fluid to help minimize bruising, Dr. Hunsicker will then insert a tiny VASER device that uses gentle ultrasonic energy to aid the fat removal process.
A small tube is inserted through the incision and the fat is removed from the patient’s body. Sometimes the incision is then sutured. VASER liposuction usually takes between 1–2 hours in an outpatient setting.
VASER liposuction reduces patient discomfort by targeting the fatty tissues and allowing for their gentle removal. The device, which was approved by the FDA in 2005, also offers improved skin retraction and faster recovery times.
Initial swelling and discomfort, alleviated with prescribed pain medication, will subside after a few days. Patients often experience fluid drainage from the incision, and Dr. Hunsicker may insert a small drainage tube beneath the skin.
She may also prescribe antibiotics in order to limit the risk of post-operative infection. You will wear a surgical compression garment for 2–6 weeks, and will need to refrain from heavy lifting and exercise for 3–6 weeks. Over time, the incision lines will fade to become faint scars.
Liposelection risks can vary from patient to patient, and all surgery carries with it a risk of complications. Dr. Hunsicker can review the most common risks to breast lift surgery at your consultation, based on your specific clinical factors.
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Our clinic is conveniently located in the Denver area. If you’re considering VASER liposuction to target stubborn cellulite deposits, we hope you’ll contact Revalla Plastic Surgery by calling 720-283-2500.
Why Choose Dr. Hunsicker for your Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Hunsicker is one of the most trusted plastic surgeons for tummy tuck surgery in the Littleton and Denver area. She understands the many changes a man or woman’s body can experience over his or her lifetime, due to factors such as aging, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations. Her genuine care for her patients is clear in her personalized approach to help achieve each indiviual achieve his or her unique body goals.
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgery to remove excess fat and skin from the stomach area, and can also tighten the underlying muscles to provide a smoother, flatter abdomen.
Women who have had multiple pregnancies or individuals who have lost significant weight often find that even a rigorous diet and exercise regimen will not result in a flat stomach. While there are other surgical and non-surgical methods for improving the look of your abdomen, a tummy tuck is unique in that it removes excess skin and fat, and repairs the muscle separation that often occurs after pregnancy or excessive weight gain.
How We Perform Abdominoplasty
A tummy tuck in Denver is usually performed under an epidural or possibly general anesthesia and usually takes approximately 4 hours. Although it is one of the most extensive types of plastic surgery, it can now usually be done on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Hunsicker begins with an incision above the pubic area that extends between the hipbones. This incision is placed along the same lines as your bathing suit or undergarment, so the scar remains hidden when clothed. A second incision is made around the belly button.
Next, the skin is separated up to the level of the ribs. Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Hunsicker will take care to stitch the abdominal muscles back into place and remove excess fat from under the skin flap. The flap is then pulled down, the belly button is repositioned and the excess skin trimmed off. Tubes are inserted into the incisions to allow excess fluid to drain. She will typically use a combination of internal sutures (that will dissolve on their own) and Dermabond (a surgical “super-glue”) on the skin surface. This combination helps to minimize scarring.
If fat deposits are limited to the region below the belly button, you may only need a partial abdominoplasty (mini-tummy tuck). This is also an outpatient procedure done under IV sedation or general anesthesia that lasts about two hours. In this procedure, a smaller incision is made, leaving the belly button in place. The surgeon stretches the flap of skin down, removes excess fat and tissue, and stitches the flap back into place. Tubes are inserted into the incisions to allow excess fluid to drain.
Following surgery, patients will experience some swelling and discomfort, however, Exparel® will be used to help minimize the need for prescription pain medication or narcotics. During this time, you will need to remain bent over to about 90 degrees at the waist while standing, or remain seated with legs elevated to 90 degrees, so not to inadvertently put too much pressure on the new surgical site.
You will also need to take care to “milk” your drain tubes and measure the drainage. These drain tubes will be removed once drainage has subsided to appropriate levels, usually 7-14 days. A surgical garment will need to be worn for at least 2 weeks after your surgery. You should plan to take about 2 weeks off work for this procedure and be prepared for lifting and exercise limitations for about 6 weeks.
Usually, tummy tucks are best combined only with other abdominal or OB/Gyn surgeries—such as umbilical hernia repair or hysterectomy. Because it is such extensive surgery, Dr. Hunsicker usually advises that patients do other cosmetic or Mommy Makeover procedures after the tummy tuck has been completed. This allows for optimal results, without putting excess strain on the surgical sites or delicate areas such as the breast fold.
It is important to understand that body contouring procedures, like a tummy tuck, are not weight-loss methods. Rather, they are completed after weight loss as a means to fine-tune the contours of the body.
Tummy tuck surgery at Revalla costs $9,000 to $12,000.
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Dr. Lisa M. Hunsicker has been practicing medicine since 1995. Since 2001, Revalla Plastic Surgery has been providing patients in the Denver area with excellent, individualized cosmetic surgery results. We encourage you to call us for a personal consultation with Dr. Hunsicker. Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for the tummy tuck.
Scar revision is a surgical technique performed by plastic surgeons that can greatly diminish the appearance of many scars. The procedure essentially replaces an unsightly scar with a less noticeable scar.
If you exhibit scars due to injury or previous surgery, a scar revision with Dr. Hunsicker may be right for you.
How We Perform Scar Revision
Based on the type of scar you exhibit, the doctor may perform a variety of scar revision procedures. If you exhibit a raised scar, the doctor may gradually shave down the elevated tissue to match the surrounding skin.
In a fusiform excision surgery, the doctor will make an ellipses-shaped incision around the scar and remove the tissue. In a partial or serial excision surgery, the doctor will make an elliptical incision as noted, but may not be able to entirely remove the scar in one procedure. Follow-ups may be necessary.
A local flap surgery is performed when the surrounding skin can be used to cover the scarred area of skin. Using a Z- or W-shaped incision, the doctor can break up the scar, restoring function and limiting its noticeability.
Small, round, and depressed scars may be repaired with a skin graft. In this surgery, the doctor will take skin from a donor site on your body, and use it to raise the scarred area to be level with the surrounding tissue.
For some of these procedures, such as local flap surgery, the doctor may perform tissue expansion techniques, which help the skin to adequately stretch in order to make reconstruction possible.
You may be an ideal candidate for scar revision if you are a healthy nonsmoker, which will aid in proper skin healing post-surgery. If Dr. Hunsicker recommends excisional scar revision, the procedure may not be completed sooner than six months following the formation of the scar. In some cases, you may benefit from less invasive laser procedures or injection treatments to diminish a scar.
Though scar revision does not technically remove a scar, it is a technique that effectively replaces one unsightly scar with another that has an improved aesthetic appearance.
It is not possible to fully restore the skin to its appearance prior to the formation of the scar, but the procedure can have a positive cosmetic and emotional impact on the patient.
Following scar revision, your skin may feel tight and you may experience swelling and pain, which may be managed with medication. The surgery site will be covered with a dressing and you may need to change it to keep it fresh.
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Dr. Lisa M. Hunsicker has been practicing medicine since 1995. Since 2001, Revalla Plastic Surgery of South Denver has been providing patients with excellent, individualized cosmetic surgery results. We encourage you to call us for a personal consultation with Dr. Hunsicker.
Contact us at 720-283-2500 or online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hunsicker. Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for scar revision.
Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that extracts fat from specific areas of the body to improve the contour and proportion of the treated areas.
Common areas for treatment include the:
Inherited traits often prevent people from achieving their desired body shape. Even years of exercise may not yield significant or noticeable results in certain people.
Liposuction is technically a “sculpting” method rather a weight-loss method. However, there are forms of liposuction that can be beneficial to moderately overweight individuals.
Dr. Hunsicker uses a newer form of ultrasonic liposuction called LipoSelection by VASER®. This technique has significantly reduced the bruising, pain, and downtime of traditional liposuction in Denver.
LipoSelection is an outpatient surgery usually performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. The length of the surgery can vary significantly depending on the unique nature of the individual as well as the area(s) treated. Dr. Hunsicker begins the procedure by making a tiny incision and then injecting a special saline solution to the area to be treated. A very thin ultrasound probe is then inserted into the incision to help break down and emulsify the fatty tissue. Finally, suction and massage is used to remove the emulsified tissue and sculpt the treated area.
After surgery you can expect some swelling and discomfort. The amount can vary depending on the area(s) treated and amount of tissue removed. You will have pain medication to help alleviate the discomfort. You will wear a surgical compression garment for 2-6 weeks after surgery, depending on the areas treated.
In the first 24-48 hours you can expect to drain fluid from your incision sites. The amount of drainage can vary depending on the extent of your procedure. By leaving the incisions open to drain this fluid, your swelling will dissipate much sooner. You will also have some lifting and exercise restrictions for 3-6 weeks.
Liposuction surgery is not a treatment for obesity and is not a replacement for regular exercise and good eating habits. People with stubborn areas of fat and who exercise regularly are the best candidates for this procedure.
The cost of liposuction in Denver can vary widely. The price may vary based on the surgeon, the type of procedure performed, the location, and the facility. Schedule a consultation to learn more, and ask about financing plans if necessary.
Though liposuction is the most effective means of removing unwanted localized fat, some patients who have recently lost weight may also exhibit excess, sagging skin. In this case, liposuction alone will not yield the result they likely want. For excess skin, Dr. Hunsicker performs other body contouring procedures like a tummy tuck, thigh lift, body lift, and breast lift.
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Many women complain that their labia have changed with age or due to childbirth or other issues. It is more of a universal concern that one might think. A labiaplasty is a relatively simple operation that can make a woman’s genitals look younger.
What is Labiaplasty Surgery?
A labial reduction, also known as labiaplasty, is becoming increasingly popular among Denver area women. Women who have a problem with large labia and/or asymmetric labia can now have labia surgery to reduce the outward appearance of the labia and correct misshapenness or irregularities.
Labiaplasty may be undertaken for functional reasons, cosmetic reasons, or a combination of the two. Enlarged labia can cause women discomfort in tight clothes, discomfort when engaging in sports or other physical activities, pain during sexual intercourse, and increased risk for urinary tract or yeast infections, as well as self-consciousness.
The procedure is frequently performed to reduce the size of one or both labia and represents a relatively safe solution to most medical issues.
Revalla’s Labiaplasty Technique
This outpatient surgery is usually performed under IV sedation in combination with local anesthesia in just over an hour. Denver’s board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hunsicker uses a special technique to reduce uneven or enlarged labia minora to a more comfortable and appealing size and shape.
Dr. Hunsicker takes care to maintain the natural contour, pigmentation, and sensitivity of the labia minora with minimal scarring. In most cases, the labiaplasty surgery is virtually undetectable after complete healing, and patients have been extremely pleased with their results.
After surgery, you can expect some discomfort that can be alleviated with pain medication. Elevation and ice packs will help control the bleeding and swelling in the first few days. Dr. Hunsicker uses dissolvable stitches that will last 2 to 4 weeks. Expect some restrictions on physical activity for up to 6 weeks.
As with any surgical procedure, complications from labiaplasty, although rare, do exist. The specific risks, as well as suitability, for any given individual cannot be determined until the time of consultation. While we hope this information is helpful, it cannot substitute for a consultation.
Labiaplasty at Revalla Plastic Surgery costs between $5,000 to $6,000.
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We invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hunsicker in the Denver area. Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for labiaplasty as well as specific risks and complications that may occur.
Sagging skin and loose tissue are common, unfortunate side effects of dramatic weight loss. Body contouring surgery is one way to address these problems. Dr. Hunsicker’s long-term focus on body contouring will help guide you through the final stages of your weight loss transformation.
Skin that has been stretched with weight gain often loses its elasticity. Once the weight is lost, the skin often cannot shrink to fit. The supportive tissue underneath may not be able to provide adequate support, causing looseness of the skin. Body contouring procedures smooth out the body’s surface to give a better overall appearance.
Each body requires a slightly different type of contouring plan. Different types of personal weight loss mean that each body needs individual attention. Dr. Hunsicker works with each patient to formulate the best outcome.
How We Perform Body Contouring
Candidates for body contouring in Denver should have a stabilized weight. Commitment to a fitness plan and good nutritional habits will help shape the long-term effectiveness of the procedure. Maintaining a healthy attitude and focus during your preparation and recovery periods can dramatically improve your overall results.
Dr. Hunsicker will work with you to create a body contouring plan that will address your areas of concern. Following anesthesia, surgical incisions are made, which strategically hide scars when possible. Excess skin, tissue, and fat are removed and the incisions closed. A smoother overall appearance is achieved. Incisions on various areas of the body may be combined into one surgery or spread out over time depending on the situation. Dr. Hunsicker performs tummy tuck, thigh lift, breast lift, arm lift and neck contouring.
The recovery period varies depending on the types of procedures performed. Prior to the surgery, Dr. Hunsicker will work with you to answer your questions and inform you about the risks involved.
Body Contouring FAQ
Body contouring improves a person’s body shape after dramatic weight loss. With a few different procedures, Dr. Hunsicker tones underlying tissue that supports fat and skin and removes loose, sagging fat and skin.
Good candidates are adults who are: 1) at a stable body weight, 2) healthy, with no medical condition that impairs healing or increases surgery risk, 3) non-smokers, 4) motivated and realistic about the outcome, and 5) dedicated to a healthy lifestyle.
Body contouring results are visible almost immediately. However, it may take a year or two before you can appreciate the final outcome. Surgical scars will remain, but results are long-lasting if you maintain a stable body weight and healthy lifestyle.
Ideally, body contouring should be done after your body has reached a stable weight. Additional weight loss following contouring surgery can cause the reappearance of sagging. Should this occur, follow-up consultation is advisable for proper maintenance of the affected areas.
In the situation of weight regain following contouring, skin may not be able to adjust. This stresses the already inelastic skin, causing stretch marks and scarring. Maintaining a constant weight is critical to ensure an attractive long-term appearance.
Work with Dr. Hunsicker to create a weight management plan prior to and following your body contouring surgery. Sticking to your personal plan will help make sure your high-risk areas are managed.
Learn More About Body Contouring in South Denver
Body contouring procedures have been a focus at Revalla Plastic Surgery in the Denver area since its founding in 2001. Throughout your weight loss transformation, Dr. Hunsicker and our supportive staff can give you a comfortable and informed experience. Consultations with Dr. Hunsicker can be arranged by calling 720-283-2500.