Body Surgery FAQ Inland Empire


Can Liposuction be used to lose weight?

Liposuction should not be used as a replacement for weight loss. Liposuction is for figure contouring and eliminating problem zones. Nevertheless liposuction can be very useful as initial weight loss therapy because after the procedure the body is programmed to break down the fat. Liposuction for weight loss purposes should be used in an overall weight loss program.

Should I lose weight before my procedure?

You will experience the best results when you are as close to your ideal body weight as possible. We understand that most people are somewhat above their ideal body weight, and most of them are still good candidates for liposuction. If you have a large amount of weight you would like to lose you would probably achieve your best outcome if you lose that weight before considering liposuction.

Is there are limit to the amount of liposuction that can be done at one time?

In general, the guidelines set forth by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons limits liposuction to no more than 5 liters at one time. If you are desiring more than 5 liters we will prioritize the different areas and plan for your ideal outcome.

Will my insurance company pay for my liposuction?

Liposuction is often performed for aesthetic purposes rather than medical reasons. However, if you can prove to your insurance company that your liposuction is of medical necessity (meaning that your health is dependent on the surgery) your insurance company may assist with the cost.

Is liposuction always performed with an arm lift?

It will depend on the level of correction needed, but liposuction is often necessary with arm lift surgery to achieve the desired contour.

Where is the incision made?

The incision will depend on how much tissue needs to be removed and where the tissue is located in the arm. Tissue being removed will either be located near the armpit or lower down on the arm. The traditional vertical incisions go from the armpit to the elbow.

Can I get other procedures done at the same time?

Yes, other short procedures can be combined with your arm lift procedure. In order to maintain the highest level of patient safety, we limit the number of body contouring procedures done at once in order to limit time under anesthesia.

Mommy Makeover

Why is it better to have these procedures at one time instead of individually?

The best reason to combine all of your desired procedures is to minimize your recovery time. You will be able to go through the healing process all at once. A tummy tuck, breast lift, and breast implants each require about 7-10 days to recover comfortably. As a mom you’ve got your job cut out for you and need a fast recovery. The second reason is to minimize the amount of times you will be put under anesthesia.

How long after having my last baby should I wait to have my mommy makeover?

You will get your best results if your body is as close to normal as possible. We suggest that you lose as much weight as you can and then maintain that body weight for about 3 months. The most important factor to consider is your breastfeeding. You will need to stop breastfeeding so that the breasts can return to normal which takes about 2-3 months after stopping.

How long after having my last baby should I wait to have my mommy makeover?

It really depends on how long you are planning to wait between having another child. If you think you want your next child within the next 2 years we suggest you think about putting it off until after your next baby is born. We will discuss all of your options during your consultation and help you best plan for your procedure. For example, if you are planning on having more children there is a change to the tummy tuck procedure. Normally, the repair involves putting the midline muscle back together with sutures. It’s this area that stretches the most with pregnancy. A mommy makeover for women planning to have more children is limited to tightening only the skin, and is somewhat less effective. It’s a compromise for mothers desiring a more improved look while still preserving the pregnancy option.

Will I still be able to breastfeed after a breast lift or implants?

Most women are still able to breast feed after healing from a lift or implants. However, the success rate is not quite as high as before these procedures.

How much weight should I lose before having a mommy makeover?

We suggest that you are within 10% of your goal weight. For example, if your goal weight is 150 pounds, we would advise that you are about 165 before your procedure. Any weight below 165 pounds allows further loss down to the goal of 150 without compromising the surgery result.

Tummy Tuck

Do I need to lose weight before my tummy tuck surgery?

It is always best to be at your goal weight before a body contouring procedure. That being said, just because you lose 10lbs doesn’t mean you will lose anything in the areas that you are looking to revise. You may lose that weight in your thighs, back etc. If you have a dog ear from a previous surgery, a portion of the dog ear is excess skin which will not likely go away with weight loss.

Can my abdominal muscles be repaired during a tummy tuck?

Diastasis Rectii is a separation of the midline vertical pair of abdominal muscles (also known as the Rectus Abdominus muscles). These muscles have a lining called the rectus fascia which holds them together in the center of the abdomen. When the abdomen gets stretched out, like in pregnancy, the rectus fascia gets loose and is unable to hold the rectus muscle together tightly in the midline. This looseness of the rectus muscle fascia is called diastasis rectii. It is because of diastasis that the tummy of women after pregnancy seems loose, even when the pre-pregnancy weight has been achieved. The diastasis can be corrected with a tummy tuck procedure.

What is a “doggy ear” and how can it be prevented with a tummy tuck?

Dog ears are basically skin pleats. Dog ears are created when a portion of tissue is removed like in a tummy tuck and there is excess which bunches up at the edges of the incision. Dog ears can be prevented by extending the incision farther to remove the excess skin. The trade-off is a longer scar. Usually dog ears can be prevented with proper planning but sometimes they cannot, but are easily fixed. Please check out some of my before and after photos in the link below for some examples of tummy tuck results.

Will my insurance pay for my abdominplasty?

Unfortunately, an abdominoplasty is considered a cosmetic surgery and not covered by medical insurance. However, if the patient is undergoing a procedure that is medically necessary such as an umbilical hernia some companies may agree to pay part of the cost for the surgery.

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