Liposuction | Tummy Tuck | Arm Lift | St Paul MN | Woodbury MNSometimes, no matter how strict your diet and fitness regime has been, it's just not possible to obtain the results you desire. Body contouring including liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), arm lift, thigh and buttock lift, and any other excess skin or fat removal may be the answer for you.

Woodbury Plastic Surgery has served and helped many patients from overseas, across the United States, and here at home in Woodbury, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and the twin cities metropolitan area of Minnesota making Dr. Thao one of the best and top board certified plastic surgeon around for body surgery.

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The most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S., liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat that has not responded to diet and exercise from areas such as the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, chin, cheeks, neck and upper arms.Local anesthesia or general anesthesia may be used, and the procedure can last anywhere from one to five hours depending on the amount of fat being removed.

There are several different methods surgeons use when performing liposuction, including ultrasound-assisted lipectomy (UAL) and suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL). In both types, fluid is injected into the area to be treated. Then a tiny incision is made in as inconspicuous a place as possible, and a cannula (small tube) breaks up the fat layer and suctions it out.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Abdominoplasty helps flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles. The best candidates have pockets of fat or loose skin that haven't responded well to diet and exercise. The procedure can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy.

The procedure takes approximately two to five hours and can be performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia with a sedative. Recovery time ranges from two weeks to a few months. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting. Abdominoplasty will likely leave a scar stretching between the hips, although it should be low enough for even a bikini to conceal it.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

After substantial weight loss, weight gain or simply from the effects of aging, skin on the upper arms can become inelastic, loose and flabby. Arm lifts, also known as brachioplasty, remove that excess skin and fat. Patients who have significant amounts of fat may want to consider combining the procedure with liposuction.

Thigh/Buttock Lift

As we get older, our buttocks and thighs may begin to droop and sag like other areas of the body, such as the breasts and stomach. Stubborn pockets of localized fat may develop as well, which do not go away despite traditional weight loss attempts such as diet and exercise. Fortunately, like these other areas, there are surgical options available for reversing these changes and restoring a tighter, firmer and more youthful appearance to the buttock and outer thigh area.

The buttock and outer thigh lift procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, and usually takes two to three hours. An incision is made across the top of the buttocks, which can be concealed by underwear or a bikini. Patients can usually return to work and other regular activities after about two weeks, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least four weeks.

The results of a buttock/outer thigh lift will last as long as no significant weight loss occurs. Patients can enjoy a trimmer contour with improved skin tightness and smoothness, and can also improve the appearance of cellulite.

Vaginal Rejuvenation & Labiaplasty

Vaginal rejuvenation serves many functions: it can improve the appearance of the vagina, relieve discomfort, aid in proper hygiene, increase sexual satisfaction, and boost self-confidence. Vaginal rejuvenation procedures may be performed to correct internal or external problems.

  • ThermiVa (Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation) treatments will help Increase vaginal moisture, strengthen vaginal muscles, improve painful intercourse, increase vaginal sensitivity, and reduce urinary leakage and urgency.
  • Vaginoplasty (vaginal tightening) tightens muscles in the vagina that have loosened from aging or childbirth.
  • Labiaplasty (labia reduction) trims the vaginal lips (labia minora) to remove excess skin and achieve a balance in size.

Vaginal rejuvenation restores the vagina to its youthful appearance and performance by tightening and strengthening the vagina and pelvic floor, as well as making any desired cosmetic adjustments. Other problems such as hernia protrusion or clitoral hood can be corrected at this time. Incisions are placed as inconspicuously as possible and dissolving stitches are used to minimize post-operative scars.

ThermiVa (Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation)

Childbirth and the natural aging process cause changes which may affect feminine wellness. A particularly strenuous vaginal childbirth, multiple births, and the effects of menopause can cause physical changes which can rob women (and their partners) of their sense of well-being and happiness. Woodbury Plastic Surgery is pleased to have ThermiVa as an option for women who want vaginal rejuvenation without surgery.

Brazilian Butt Lift (Buttock Augmentation)

Brazilian Butt Lift also known as Buttock Augmentation surgery is a cosmetic procedure designed to lift the buttocks to higher position, add volume, and enhance its shape by transferring excess fat from other parts of your body to your buttocks.  The butt is first contoured by performing liposuction in the areas around the buttocks (abdomen, back and thighs) to make the buttocks stand out more.  The healthy fat obtained through liposuction is then processed and strategically placed into the buttocks to add volume, shape and contour.

Mommy Makeover

A Mommy Makeover is any combination of cosmetic procedures that restore your before-pregnancy appearance .  A Mommy Makeover surgery may include a tummy tuck, a breast lift or breast augmentation, and liposuction to numerous areas of the body.

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