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FAQ - Body Procedures

Dr. Connall uses the Body-Jet liposuction system. The Body-Jet uses pulsating water at the tip of the cannula to dislodge and wash the fat away with gentle suction. There are many liposuction systems available these days. Many systems have catchy names and are advertized in newspapers and on billboards around Portland.

Dr. Connall chose the Body-Jet not based on hype and marketing cache, but because he found Water-Assisted-Liposuction to be the safest and gentlest way to perform liposuction. In addition, the Body-Jet is the premier system for removing fat that can then be injected into the breasts and/or buttocks for augmentation of those areas.

The best candidates for liposuction are in good health and have areas of fat that don’t improve with diet and exercise. Liposuction patients must have realistic expectations of what the procedure can accomplish. Most liposuction patients are of average size and have good skin tone and no or minimal skin excess.

Patients with skin excess, stretch marks and significant excess weight are not good candidates for liposuction.

No. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. Liposuction is a body sculpting procedure.

The results of liposuction are essentially permanent. However, aging and weight changes can affect the areas sculpted with liposuction.

With weight gain the areas of liposuction can increase in size, but probably not to the same degree if liposuction had not occurred. With weight gain, the new fat will distribute essentially proportionally throughout the body.

Normally a tummy tuck with take between two and four hours to perform. The length of surgery depends on your specific needs. A mini-tummy tuck may take about 2 hours, while an extended tummy tuck may take four hours or longer to perform.

Anesthesia is achieved with a combination of local numbing medicine placed directly into the tummy fat and general anesthesia. The general anesthesia is given by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The local numbing medicine, combined with a pain medicine pump that is placed during surgery, greatly helps with pain control after surgery.

The tummy tuck scar will depend on the type of procedure you undergo. The scar is generally placed in the low-rise bikini line so it is covered with most clothes. The scar may be similar to a c-section scar or be a long scar going from hip to hip. The scar will be visible and permanent.

Your new figure after a tummy tuck should be constant for many years. However normal life events such as aging, weight gain and pregnancy will affect the appearance of your abdomen.

In most cases Dr. Connall performs liposuction with a tummy tuck to assist with sculpting the abdomen and love-handles. Many surgeons don’t perform liposuction as a standard part of the procedure and assess an additional charge to add the liposuction. If you are comparing prices between doctors it is important to ask if liposuction is included.

A lower body lift is usually the ideal procedure to treat the skin and fat excess of the abdomen, flanks and buttocks in patients that have lost a lot of weight. Some non-weight loss patients with sagging skin around the trunk are good candidates for a lower body lift.

An abdominoplasty only treats the front of the trunk. Most weight loss patients have skin excess around the entire waist. Therefore, an abdominoplasty usually under treats the patient and will likely obligate the patient to a second procedure to correct the flanks, back and buttocks.

No. The lower body lift is a complex and lengthy procedure that many plastic surgeons do not perform.

Yes. Dr. Connall has performed lower body lifts throughout his training and career. Dr. Connall has treated all body types with lower body lift surgery and is very comfortable with the procedure. In addition, Dr. Connall designed his surgery center to accommodate lower body lift patients.

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