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Liposuction | Arm Lift | Hand Surgery | Gynecomastia | Thigh Lift | Tummy Tuck

Liposuction

Even if you exercise regularly or diet to lose weight, you can still have stubborn areas of fat throughout your body. Liposuction can remove these exercise-resistant fat deposits and give your body a slimmer, more attractive contour. Common locations for liposuction include the chin, cheeks, neck, upper arms, chest, back, hips, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, knees, calves, and ankles.

Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that uses tiny suction tubes to permanently remove excess fat. To reduce post-operative bruising and swelling, Dr. Fetter uses a tumescent technique in which targeted fat cells are infused with a solution of saline and local anesthetic.

This outpatient procedure typically lasts 1 to 3 hours. Side effects include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness and a burning sensation. Patients can return to work after 1 to 2 weeks (3 to 4 weeks if your job requires strenuous activity). Full recovery from swelling and bruising usually occurs in 3 to 6 months.

Results will be permanent, with a sensible diet and exercise.

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Arm Lift

arm liftWeight loss, aging, and heredity are some of the reasons why your upper arms may begin to droop and sag. Excess fat and skin in the upper arms can be particularly resistant to diet and exercise. You can work to strengthen the underlying muscles in your arms, but this will not address skin that has lost elasticity.

Arm lift surgery (also called Brachioplasty) removes excess skin and fat to give your arms a slim, toned, more youthful-looking contour. It is sometimes performed in conjunction with liposuction to further improve appearance.

This outpatient procedure typically takes 2  to 3 hours and is performed using general anesthesia. Most patients are back to their normal routine within 2 to 4 weeks.

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Hand Surgery

carpal tunnel syndrome reliefYou rely on your hands for almost everything you do. Dr. Mark Fetter has extensive experience and advanced training in hand surgery, a highly specialized area of plastic surgery.

Some of the conditions that Dr. Fetter treats include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Dupuytren’s contractures
  • Flexor tendon injuries
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Hand fractures
  • Hand tumors
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Work & sports-related hand & wrist injuries

Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is a condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men that can occur at any age. The condition can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, obesity, or the use of certain drugs.

Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and impair one’s self-confidence. Some men may even avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition.

Gynecomastia is characterized by:

  • Excess localized fat
  • Excess glandular tissue development
  • Sometimes excess breast skin
  • Presence unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts)

The procedure typically requires liposuction and direct removal of breast tissue. The operation can be performed at the Advanced Plastic Surgery Center using a general anesthetic. Most patients can expect a return to a normal routine by 2 weeks.

Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. If fitness and weight loss efforts have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical lift may be right for you. Thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where the skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and thigh lift techniques may be recommended.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck SurgeonA tummy tuck will flatten the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin tightening muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure will last 2 to 5 hours. The procedure can be performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis depending on individual circumstances and the extent of surgery.

Side effects include temporary pain, swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, and fatigue for several weeks or months. Risks are rare but include blood clots, bleeding under the skin flap, and poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss.

During recovery, patients may return to work in 2 to 4 weeks (4 to 6 weeks for more strenuous patients). Fading and flattening of scars occur in 3 months to 2 years.

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