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Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck)

Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles to provide a sleeker, more defined abdomen. Over time, loose or sagging skin can create a noticeable lower tummy bulge. Women in particular may notice this protrusion after pregnancy causes the skin and muscles of the abdominal region to stretch.

Tummy tuck begins with an incision along the lower abdomen, creating a skin flap. Next the skin is separated from the abdominal muscles which are then tightened, narrowing the waistline and flattening the midsection. The flap of skin is then pulled down and excess skin and fat are removed. Last, the incision is stitched closed. The entire procedure takes two or three hours, depending on how much work is needed. Bruising and swelling (which typically subside within 10 days) are the most common side effects of tummy tuck. Liposuction is often done in conjunction with abdominoplasty to better define the waistline and hip. The tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure is performed to help patients achieve a flatter and more proportionate midsection and to reduce the appearance of a tummy bulge. Temporary side effects may include pain, swelling, soreness, numbness, and bruising, and most patients are able to return to work and light activities in two to six weeks.

During your tummy tuck, Dr. Gonzalez can remove excess fat and skin and tighten the abdominal muscles to help achieve the results you desire. He can tailor the procedure to fit your body type and your individual appearance goals. Many patients in our practice turn to the tummy tuck procedure for a more flattering and defined shape.

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Body Lift

A body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is performed to remove excess skin or fatty tissue on the body that results from age or extreme weight loss. More extensive than just a tummy tuck, the body lift is performed on the lower torso and upper legs and resculpts the abdomen, hips, back, buttocks and outer thighs.

Why Get a Body Lift?

Exercise and a healthy diet cannot always achieve the desired results for people who have loose, sagging skin and uneven contours. Aging, sun damage, cellulite, genetics, pregnancy, and significant fluctuations in weight may contribute to poor tissue elasticity and can result in sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. A body lift may help to achieve a firmer, more youthful-looking body.

Candidates for Body Lift

People who have lost a large amount of weight, either through gastric bypass surgery, intestinal bypass surgery, or change in nutrition and fitness habits, may have excess skin on their bodies and are excellent candidates for a body lift. Other people who are unable to lose 30 or 40 pounds through diet or exercise may also opt for body lift surgeries. A body lift is also an option for normal-weight women who have given birth and want to remove remaining skin and tissue after losing post-pregnancy weight.

The Body Lift Procedure

The steps of the body lift procedure differ depending on the needs of the patient. In most cases, however, the surgeon will operate on the stomach first, removing excess skin from the belly button to the pubic area and then tightening the abdominal wall muscle. This is the area that is most often loosened by pregnancy or excessive weight loss. The fat and skin from above the belly button is pulled down and sutured in place, and the belly button is pulled out to its normal position.

The procedure continues with the buttocks and thigh areas, with the incisions being made as inconspicuous as possible. In cases that require the removal of fat, liposuction is often involved. The entire body lift procedure takes 3 to 7 hours and is performed under general anesthetic.


A body lift is a major surgical procedure and requires significant recovery time. Most patients can expect to remain in the hospital for 1 to 3 nights after the operation and can typically return to work in 4 to 6 weeks. Patients are encouraged to walk after the surgery, but to avoid other activities such as exercising until sufficient healing has occurred. This usually takes 6 to 8 weeks. Approximately 75 percent of the swelling goes down after six weeks and 90 percent after about three months.

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Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

The overdevelopment of male breasts, also known as gynecomastia, affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. This condition may be caused by a hormonal imbalance, side effects from drugs, or may occur for no particular reason at all. But despite the cause, the condition is significant and may pose a serious problem in a man's life.

Men with large or sagging breasts can be both physically and emotionally uncomfortable, often restricting themselves from certain activities because they feel self-conscious about their breast size. Male breast reduction is an excellent way to decrease the size of a man's breast, helping him feel more comfortable and confident.


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