Sure, liposuction seems like a natural choice to reduce a bigger booty or bulky thighs, but it can also be used to address smaller areas, creating awesome upper arms, like those of talk show host Kelly Ripa. “Liposuction is a good choice for those with minimal skin laxity and excess fat that is localized to the upper arm area that’s resistant to diet and exercise,” says Seattle plastic surgeon Richard A. Baxter, MD. “For those with minimal amount of excess fat and mild to moderate skin laxity, skin-tightening technologies might be more appropriate.
But when choosing your new size, keep in mind that not all sizes and shapes work on everybody, which is why skin elasticity, natural breast size and shape need to be taken into consideration. “Think of breast augmentation like putting a bigger pillow into a pillow case,” says Duxbury, MA, plastic surgeon Christine A. Hamori, MD. “There are some limitations, but for the most part, the skin stretches very well.
Sometimes other procedures are added to get optimal results, like fat-eliminating liposuction. “Liposuction will vacuum away excess fat and leave behind a thinner abdomen with firmer skin; a tummy tuck will tighten and flatten the stomach and get rid of any skin that’s loose and flabby,” says New York plastic surgeon Alan Matarasso, MD.
That’s where liposuction can come in. “The outer thighs respond positively to liposuction because the skin is more elastic,” says New York plastic surgeon Tracy Pfeifer, MD. “The inner thighs are less elastic, and the skin is thinner, so there is a greater risk of irregular contours. ” However, patients with good skin tone may see improvement in both the inner and outer thighs.
A tummy tuck procedure—either a full tuck or a mini, which addresses only the lower half—can completely and permanently transform your torso. “We can take someone who has a lot of loose skin and a protruding belly and make the skin and stomach completely flat, smoother and free of many of the stretch marks,” says Miami Beach, FL, plastic surgeon Leonard Tachmes, MD.
Think back for a moment—can you recall a time when actress Halle Berry ever looked anything less than amazing? Didn’t think so. “It’s impossible to tell if Halle had surgery because she has always had a terrific figure,” says Los Angeles plastic surgeon Daniel Yamini, MD. “If you follow her over a period of time you will notice significant fluctuation in the size of her breasts.
If you’re not ready to ditch the miniskirt, like 40-plus beauty Sandra Bullock, consider sclerotherapy, an injection therapy that causes the superficial (and unsightly) veins to collapse and eventually disappear. “Some patients express concern as to whether or not sclerotharpy will affect how their veins and body function, and it won’t,” says New York dermatologist Doris Day, MD. “The veins that are treated are extra veins on the surface with no real purpose.
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