Body Procedures

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Liposuction remains one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States today. Liposuction is the only proven method to produce permanent spot reduction and contour improvement in areas affected by excess fatty deposits. Liposuction is not; however, an appropriate method for achieving weight loss, although it can, and often does, help motivate patients to improve their diet and exercise patterns postoperatively. In women, liposuction is most commonly performed to treat saddlebags (outer thighs), hips, and the abdomen. The inner thighs, circumferential thighs, knees, arms and calves can also be treated. More often than not, patients choose to have two or more areas treated during one procedure. In men, "love-handles" (lower flanks), the lower abdomen and chest are treated most commonly.

Dr. Crawford performs all liposuction using the tumescent technique. The tumescent technique of liposuction has become, according to most experts, the new gold standard in liposuction. This liposuction technique involves the injection of a dilute solution of lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (a drug which controls bleeding) prior to performing the actual suctioning of the fatty tissue. The suctioning is performed using a 3 to 4 millimeter cannula (metallic rod) inserted via a tiny puncture in the skin. This technique effectively reduces blood loss, allows for increased fat removal and improved sculpting, and speeds recovery. Most of the plastic surgeon's patients return to work within 3 days following their procedure. 

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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominosplasty is best suited to women and men who are in relatively good shape, but have loose abdominal skin and/or a significant amount of abdominal fat that will not respond to dieting or exercise. The surgery will take place in our American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. The surgery normally takes between 1 and 2 hours depending on the particular procedures being performed. A partial tummy tuck, can be performed in combination with liposuction. General anesthesia may be employed in order to allow you to sleep through the operation. Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. The length of the incision, which extends toward the pelvic bones, depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. The contour of this incision will vary somewhat according to the structure of your abdomen. Skin of the lower abdomen that contains stretch marks may be removed as well. Any remaining stretch marks may be somewhat flattened and improved, but you should not expect a dramatic change in their appearance. The procedure may include tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles using sutures. 


Also known as the arm lift, brachiaplasty reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. This is performed to reduce excess sagging skin that droops down when the arm is extended away from the body. Also the procedure tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm. After arm lift surgery or upper arm liposuction you will be required to wear a compressive garment which is much like a very tight shirt. The length of time for which the garment is worn varies with surgeon preference and extent of surgery, and averages 2 to 4 weeks. You may return to work within 2 to 3 days, again depending on the extent of your surgery. 

Thigh Lift

This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the thigh area. The goal is to improve the appearance of your thighs and remove the "wrinkled look" produced by weight loss. You will typically have a scar that is vertically orientated along the inner thigh and may extend into the lower buttocks crease.