Procedures Body Procedures
Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Brazilian Butt Lift in Birmingham, Alabama
Many men and women each year choose body contouring surgery to enhance their feminine curves, achieve a more masculine physique or put the finishing touches on their bariatric weight loss procedure. With the latest advancements in aesthetic surgery, body contouring can be used to address virtually any part of the body.
Body contouring procedures at our Birmingham, Alabama plastic surgery practice include Liposuction and Abdominoplasty, also known as Tummy Tuck. Each of these cosmetic surgery procedures is designed to enhance and sculpt a different portion of the body by removing areas of excess fat and skin that lack their former tone and elasticity.
Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn and the staff of medical professionals at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery are highly experienced in providing complete care for body contouring procedures and helping you decide what is right for you and your cosmetic surgery goals.
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures at our Alabama practice because of its dramatic results. Many patients find that while healthy eating and regular exercise can help maintain their weight, they can't always get rid of stubborn pockets of fat on the thighs, hips, chin, arms, abdomen, back and other areas. Liposuction is a great way to eliminate problem areas and obtain the toned physique that sit-ups and running can't always give you.
Liposuction can be used in several ways and on many different areas of the body to achieve the desired results. During the procedure, a hollow tube is inserted into the area to be treated and excess fat is suctioned out. Side effects of liposuction typically include general discomfort, swelling, bruising and burning sensations. These symptoms should subside within a few weeks.
Liposuction Cost: $2,800 for the first area and $900 for each additional area.
SmartLipo Laser Liposuction
Despite strict dieting and a committment to regular exercise, many people just can't take off localized areas of fat in areas such as around the abdomen or on the upper arms, neck or jawline. With SmartLipo Laser Body Sculpting, patients are now able to achieve results that they never thought possible.
SmartLipo® is a minimally-invasive liposuction procedure that melts the fat with laser energy and tightens the skin by inducing collagen production. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities, such as work, in virtually no time.
SmartLipo Cost: $4,600 for the first area and $900 for each additional area.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Another popular cosmetic surgery procedure known as a Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, is offered at our Alabama practice. Abdominoplasty is a body contouring procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the midriff and tightens the abdominal muscles. Depending on the patient's needs, a Fully Tummy Tuck, Mini Tummy Tuck or Endoscopic Tummy Tuck may be used to achieve the aesthetic benefits of a flatter stomach and a narrower waistline.
If you have a protruding pouch on your lower abdomen that just won't go away, a Mini Tummy Tuck may do the trick. A Full Tummy Tuck is a better option for those in need of a more extensive procedure to get the results they desire. Yet another abdominoplasty technique is the Endoscopic Tummy Tuck, a minimally-invasive procedure that works best for patients with a protruding abdomen but little extra skin.
Tummy Tuck Cost: starting at $5,500 including nominal facility fee
CoolSculpting Fat Reduction
Exciting news for men and women dealing with diet- and exercise-resistant fat bulges — CoolSculpting is a breakthrough technology that freezes away stubborn fat without needles, surgery or downtime.
CoolSculpting® gently targets and cools unwanted fat cells in the selected area to induce a noticeable, natural-looking reduction in fat bulges. Results can be seen in as soon as 3 weeks following treatment, with best results occurring over the next 2 to 4 months. CoolSculpting uses a precisely controlled method of cooling called Cryolipolysis to target, cool and eliminate fat cells underneath the skin without harming the skin itself.
Weight gain or loss, gravity and especially aging can cause the buttocks to droop, losing their shape and aesthetic appeal. A Buttock Lift can be used to restore your rear end's youthful shape, giving you a taut, toned rear view and a more streamlined figure. This procedure is performed using a combination of liposuction and surgical removal of excess skin and tissue. Removing sagging skin and excess fat from the buttocks and outer thighs can dramatically improve the shape of your body and provide a boost to your self-esteem.
A popular procedure that uses purified fat to enhance the buttocks is known as the Brazilian Butt Lift. Essentially two procedures in one, fat removed by liposuction is injected at varying depths into the buttocks to form attractive new curves. The Brazilian Butt Lift in Birmingham, Alabama is a safe and effective way to give you a perkier rear and a more rounded body profile with long-lasting results. For men and women who would like a more defined profile, the Brazilian Butt Lift has proven to be an effective means for lifting and adding volume to the buttocks.
Body Contouring Implants
Shapely buttocks, calves and chests not only look great, they can also increase one's self-esteem. Body Contouring Implants can help you achieve smooth contours in areas that are not symmetrical, not well developed or have lost volume as part of the natural aging process with long-lasting results.
Results with Buttock Implants, Calf Implants and Chest Implants at our Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama plastic surgery center are permanent and extremely natural-looking. Our plastic surgeons can help you choose the style of body contouring implant and the surgical technique that will help you best achieve your desired look.
Flabby upper arms are a common complaint for many men and women after significant weight loss or just from the effects of aging. An Arm Lift, or Brachioplasty, at our Birmingham, Alabama practice can dramatically lift and reshape the upper arm to provide an improved contour and a more youthful appearance.
During an arm lift, sagging skin and excess fat are removed and the remaining skin is tightened and stitched into place. Any excess deposits of fat that are present are usually removed with Liposuction.
Heavy or flabby thighs are a problem for many women and squats, exercise and dieting can't always get rid of them. However, Thigh Lift has proven to be very effective in helping patients obtain thinner, more toned upper legs.
Through a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures including liposuction and the surgical removal of fat and unnecessary tissue, Dr. Hedden or Dr. Gunn can sculpt for you beautiful, shapely thighs. You will see an immediate difference in the contour of the thighs and will probably be more comfortable wearing shorts, swimwear and other items of clothing that expose the legs.
Lower Body Lift
People who have lost a significant amount of weight, such as bariatric surgery patients, are often left with excessive amounts of loose, sagging skin that doesn't tighten on its own. Such skin can detract from the aesthetic appearance of weight loss.
A Lower Body Lift at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery is a cosmetic surgery procedure that allows for the removal of this skin. The skin is trimmed away and the remaining tissue is stretched neatly over underlying tissue and muscles. Results can be life-changing!
Body Contouring After Major Weight Loss
People who have lost a large amount of weight after bariatric surgery, after pregnancy or from diet and exercise can also experience excess skin on different parts of the body. Skin that is stretched due to weight gain often lacks the elasticity to adapt to the body's new contours after the weight is gone.
Body Contouring After Major Weight Loss improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin, and removes excess, sagging fat and skin to reveal a smoother body contour. The procedures necessary to achieve your goals — such as lower body lift, breast lift, arm lift and thigh lift — will be defined with the help of our Alabama plastic surgeons.
The Orbera Gastric Balloon
The Gastric Balloon is a new choice in minimally-invasive weight loss surgery. Designed to fill the gap between dieting, exercise and more invasive bariatric surgery, the FDA approved gastric balloon has proven effective for people who are seeking to reach their long-term weight loss goals. The gastric balloon is placed in your stomach with a nonsurgical procedure at our Birmingham, Alabama offices, then removed after 6 months, while your professionally-managed Weight Loss Support Program continues for 12 months.
If you are like many other women and men who are seeking to lose the extra weight and lead a more active lifestyle, the LAP-BAND® System may be right for you. An FDA approved gastric band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to restrict the intake of food, letting you feel full faster, stay full longer and lose weight. Put your focus squarely back on life with the minimally-invasive LAP-BAND.
General Reconstructive and Hand Surgery
Patients of all ages with birth defects, injuries or problems caused by aging can be helped with Reconstructive Plastic Surgery performed at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama. Reconstructive surgery is performed on different areas of the body to improve function and to approximate a normal appearance. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. William J. Hedden and Dr. J.Stephen Gunn are experienced in a wide variety of treatment options including wound treatment, skin grafts, tissue expansion, flap surgery/microsurgery, tumor removal and laser techniques.
Patients with hand injuries, degenerative disorders and birth defects can benefit from dramatic advances in the field of Hand Surgery. Both the function and appearance of the hands can be improved for patients with a wide range of hand problems, including carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Dupuytren's contracture and congenital deformities. Our surgeons use techniques such as grafting, flap surgery and replantation or transplantation to repair hand injuries.
If you are suffering from smile lines, facial scars (such as those left behind by acne) or other imperfections, Fat Grafting might be just the answer. Fat grafting, also called fat injection or fat transfer, is performed under local anesthetic and produces natural-looking results. Unlike other chemicals or injectables, fat injections rarely result in allergies or uncomfortable side effects because the contents are taken from donor sites on the patient's own body.
Women with large or uneven vaginal lips caused by childbirth, aging, heredity or hormonal changes may experience rashes or skin irritation and pain during sexual intercourse. Labiaplasty performed at our Birmingham, Alabama outpatient surgery suite reduces and/or balances the size of the labia to improve its appearance.
During surgery, excess tissue is removed and self-dissolving sutures are used. Patients are up and around immediately after the procedure and may usually resume sexual relations in about 6 weeks. As an adjunct to surgery, some women find Bio-Identical Hormones beneficial to increase sexual drive, interest and gratification.
Lipodissolve is a nonsurgical method for spot-fat reduction. This technique uses a series of micro-injections of a naturally-occurring enzyme found in every cell of the body. The ingredients injected have actually been found to cause necrosis of the fat cells. Fat is dissolved, metabolized and safely excreted by the kidneys. While there is no downtime, it is normal to experience minor itching, bruising, swelling and redness for a few days after treatment. Patients receive a series of 3 to 5 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart.
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