Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Abdominal Liposuction and Tummy Tucks

We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of the expression “muffin top” and not in reference to baked goods! The popularity of low-rise jeans has helped contribute to this slang term which refers to overhanging fat that protrudes or spills over the waistline of jeans or pants. Women are usually more subject to a muffin top and that may be because women tend to put on weight in the hips and thighs more readily than men. Other women develop muffin tops after going through pregnancy due to stretched out skin and extra weight that is gained in the midsection. Either way, the general consensus amongst many cosmetic surgery patients is that the muffin top is one of the hardest areas to trim down and that is when they turn to Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins for help.

Most women who seek out abdominal cosmetic surgery have reached their goal weight and are in good physical shape. Despite endless hours at the gym and mindful eating habits, the bulge in the abdominal area won’t budge. If this is the case for you, then you may be a good candidate for abdominal liposuction or even a Mini or regular Tummy Tuck.

Abdominal Liposuction is done with small incisions that are hidden in the navel, pubic hair or under the bikini line. Dr. Perkins will evenly remove the fat so that you are left with a uniform thin layer of fat instead of a bulge.

For some people, the removal of excess skin is needed to get a better result. When this is the case, the surgery becomes known as a Mini Tummy Tuck. The ideal candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck has most of their issues below the belly button. The incision is similar to that of a C-section incision and is done at upper edge of the pubic hair and can be well hidden underneath bathing suit bottoms and underwear. If there is a larger amount of excess skin that needs to be removed, then a regular Tummy Tuck can be done. The incision may extend from hip to hip and the abdominal muscles are sewn together to further flatten the lower abdomen.

For any of the above procedures, the end result is more definition of the waistline, a tighter, flatter abdomen and no more referrals to “muffin top”, unless you’re at a bakery!

To schedule an appointment with Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, please call 805-563-0000. 

Cosmetic Surgery Highlight: Upper Body Liposuction & Tummy Tucks

Have you reached your goal weight – or are almost at it – but feel frustrated with excess skin and/or pudgy areas that won’t budge? You are not alone. Many of our patients seek out liposuction to address stubborn areas such as the thighs, hips, abdomen, and arms. This blog post is about upper body liposuction for the arms and tummy tucks for the abdomen – you can read about lower body liposuction for the thighs and legs here.

Upper Arm Liposuction (Brachioplasty)

For some people, countless pushups, tricep exercises, and planks can’t get rid of the localized fat and excess skin in the upper arms. This is often referred to as a “bat wing”. If fat is the main issue, it usually can be treated with liposuction and the skin will contract after the removal. If the skin is too loose (which can happen with a large amount of weight loss or with loss of skin elasticity as we age), a skin removal excision can be done. Incisions will be inside the arm and above the elbow and will not be visible from the front or the back. If only a small amount of skin is removed, the removal can be confined to or near the armpit so there is minimal or no scar visibility.

Abdominal Liposuction and Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

After childbirth, many people find that their stomach and flank area is not the same. If you’ve got “bulges” in the abdomen area that won’t budget (despite healthy eating and regular exercise) then you are a good candidate for abdominal liposuction. Small incisions are made under the navel, pubic hair, or  under the bikini line and are easily hidden.

If you have some excess abdominal skin, you and Dr. Perkins may elect to do a “Mini Tummy Tuck“. The excision will lie at the upper edge of the pubic hair and will be hidden under bathing suit bottoms or underwear.

If you have a greater amount of excess abdominal skin, a regular “Tummy Tuck” may be desired. This involves the full abdomen and making an incision that is slightly longer than a C-section. The abdominal muscles are tightened and detachment and repositioning of the belly button allow the tissues to shift. The end result is usually more definition of the waist and a flatter, tighter abdomen.

It is important to remember that liposuction at Santa Barbara’s Cosmetic Surgery Center is considered a body contouring procedure and not a weight loss solution.

For a consultation about liposuction or tummy tucks with Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, please call 805-563-0000. 

Getting Rid of Excess Skin After Pregnancy or Weight Loss

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Terry Perkins, gets lots of inquiries about how to tighten skin after pregnancy or a significant weight loss.  While there are lots of claims on the internet that certain lotions and potions can “firm and tighten”, the reality is that most of these products don’t offer the results that people are truly seeking.

Excessive weight gain, whether it is through pregnancy or accumulated over the years, can significantly stretch the skin. Once the weight is lost (or the baby is born and the rest of the pregnancy weight is shed), the skin may not be as taut as it once was.  The best way to get rid of excess, sagging skin is through surgery.  Skin excision surgery is common and may be done in combination with liposuction.

Removing excess skin can be done in many places on the body:

Arm Lift and Arm Liposuction: Many people (even those who have not gained extra weight) suffer from excess skin in the upper arms (“bat wings”).  If fat is the main issue, liposuction can be done and the skin may contract without the need for skin removal.  For those with too much loose skin, removal is done so that the scar is placed inside the arm (against the body), above the elbow, so it is not visible from the front or back. If there is only a small amount of loose skin, the skin removal can often be confined to or near the armpit.

Abdomen Surgery / Tummy Tuck: Dr. Perkins can remove skin in the abdominal area in a “mini tummy tuck” procedure.  The incision is done at the upper edge of the pubic hair line so it can be hidden. If need be, the incision can be extended far to the sides (a “tummy tuck”) to avoid a “dog ear” pooch of the skin and the abdominal muscles are sewn together to further flatten the lower abdomen.

Leg Liposuction / Thigh Lift: Loose skin on the legs most often occurs in the inner thigh area. Liposuction can be done to remove any excess fat (as the inner thigh can be a “trouble” spot and some may prefer to have liposuction along with skin removal) and the skin removal is done through incisions in the groin and upper thigh area that can be hidden with underwear or a bathing suit.

Getting rid of excess skin is a great way to give a person a new shape – or re-store an old one!

Make an appointment to see Dr. Perkins in Santa Barbara at Cosmetic Surgery Center by calling 805.563.0000. 

January Surgical Highlight: Santa Barbara Liposuction for Stomach and Flanks (aka “Muffin Top” & “Saddlebags”)

Are you plagued by “muffin top” – the unwanted bulge over the waist band of your pants? Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Perkins can help you get rid of it through liposuction.

“Bulges” in the stomach and flanks can almost always be treated with liposuction. It is important to remove the fat evenly so that you are left with a uniform thin fat layer instead of the fat bulge. The small incisions are usually hidden in the navel, pubic hair or under the bikini line.

When skin removal is needed, a “mini tummy tuck” is often sufficient. This excision is done so the scar will lie at the upper edge of the pubic hair. It can be extended as far to the sides as is required to avoid a “dog ear” pooch of skin. If this is done, the abdominal muscles are usually sewn together in order to further flatten the lower abdomen. Skin removal is almost never necessary in the hips. Patients who are good candidates for this procedure are typically extremely happy with results.

Read more information on Liposuction and see more Before and After liposuction pictures of several of Dr. Perkins’ actual patients on the Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara website.

For a liposuction consultation with Dr. Perkins, call Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805.563.0000.