As a highly experienced Sarasota plastic surgeon, Dr. Kreithen is renowned for his exceptional surgical skill and ability to deliver outstanding body contouring results. Recognizing that people who have lost a large amount of weight require comprehensive, individualized body contouring treatments, Dr. Kreithen specializes in post-bariatric plastic surgery. Over the years, he has helped many Sarasota post-bariatric plastic surgery patients remove the excess skin and achieve more proportionate body contours. To learn more about various post-bariatric body contouring procedures, please explore the paragraphs below.
Fat deposits can be stubborn and persistent. They can endure even the healthiest diets and most stringent exercise routines, causing many people to feel frustrated and helpless. Liposuction is the surgical "vacuuming" of fat from beneath the surface of the skin. It is a good method to correct body contour problems and irregularities, targeting pockets of fat that remained unaffected by weight loss.
Liposuction can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods.
Liposuction is designed to remove unwanted deposits of excess fat in areas such as the thighs, lower back, stomach, chin, and arms. The fat removing technique, also referred to as body contouring, can improve the appearance by eliminating a distorted shape and asymmetrical figures.
If you’re considering liposuction, click here for more information on the procedure–when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect Click here to see liposuction before & after photos
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Generally referred to as a "tummy tuck," abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen. The procedure also helps to flatten the abdomen by tightening the surrounding muscles. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Older individuals whose skin has lost some of its elasticity and are overweight can also benefit.
If you are in generally good physical condition but are concerned about abdominal fat deposits and loose skin that do not respond to diet and exercise, abdominoplasty can potentially reduce or even eliminate a protruding abdomen. As a result, you will look slimmer, fitter, and altogether healthier. If you’re considering abdominoplasty, click here for more information on the procedure–when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect.
The Tummy Tuck, also known as an Abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to correct a loose, sagging, or protruding abdomen. This may be brought on through a dramatic weight loss, pregnancy, or simply the aging process; all of which can cause the stomach muscles to weaken. As this happens, the mid-section will experience a loss of tone and elasticity. Diet and exercise alone cannot correct these physical changes.
Mommy makeover surgery is a unique combination of body contouring procedures that can be customized to serve each patient’s aesthetic goals. It is often utilized to restore pre-pregnancy body contours and address physical changes women experience following pregnancy. Having a child effects most women’s body shape, muscle tone, skin elasticity and fat distribution. While such changes may be improved through dieting and exercise, for some women the best treatment option is a mommy makeover procedure, which can address multiple aesthetic concerns at one time.
The best candidates for mommy makeover surgery are women who are unsatisfied with their body contours following childbearing. Dr. Kreithen, a body contouring specialist in Sarasota / Bradenton, can utilize the mommy makeover surgery to restore pre-pregnancy contours by treating an array of aesthetic concerns. Although it is natural to gain weight during pregnancy, most of this weight is stored as fat tissue, affecting the shape of the breasts, abdomen, hips, buttocks, lower back and thighs. More Info
The most common procedures combined during a mommy makeover include:
- Tummy tuck
- Breast augmentation (silicone/saline implants)
- Breast reduction
- Breast lift
- Thigh lift
- Body lift
Lower Body Lift
Dramatic weight loss is often accompanied by areas of loose skin and isolated pockets of fatty tissue that don’t respond to diet or exercise. "Lift" procedures involve the tightening of loose skin through a combination of fat extraction, removal of excess skin and tissue, and gentle stretching of the remaining skin.
The purpose of a lift is to target specific areas of the body where loose skin has collected and begun to sag. The total lower body lift provides a comprehensive solution to these problem areas, bringing your appearance into alignment with your healthy new lifestyle.
The lower body lift helps to return form and shape to the body after a considerable decrease in weight and can be used effectively as a post-bariatric procedure. It removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, hips and lower back, lifts the buttocks and outer thighs and tightens the underlying muscles of the abdominal wall. (It is frequently combined with liposuction, so you are also encouraged to view the information on liposuction.)
The Body Lift procedure is designed to remove the excess fat and loose skin along the midsection and buttocks. The surgeon will not only tighten the tissues, Dr. Kreithen will sculpt the abdomen and provide improved contour to the hips and buttocks. The appearance will be improved and skin tone rejuvenated; a natural looking form will be created.
Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure to remove skin and fat from the upper arm, reducing skin redundancy that makes clothing fit improperly or makes you feel uncomfortable in short sleeves or sleeveless tops.
The combined effects of aging, gravity, fluctuations in weight, and a loss of skin elasticity all contribute to a loss of tone in the arms as we age. Brachioplasty surgery can markedly improve the appearance of your arms and may be ideal for those who are self-conscious about drooping upper arms.
The Upper Arm Lift, also known as a Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure specifically designed to eliminate the soft, sagging, and unappealing excess tissue of the upper arm. Through the procedure, the upper arm can have a tight, contoured appearance once again. The results from a Brachioplasty can be long lasting, but patients need to commit to maintaining a healthy weight and regular exercise. As the aging process continues though, some amount of tissue change is expected.
A thigh lift is a surgical procedure to remove skin and fat from the thighs to tighten the skin and improve the contour of the legs. The combined effects of aging, gravity, fluctuations in weight, and a loss of skin elasticity all contribute to loss of tone in the thighs as we age. The thigh lift is designed to tone the thighs and tighten the buttocks and can markedly improve the appearance of your legs. A thigh lift may also be performed in combination with another type of surgery, for instance in combination with an arm lift. More Info
Not every person is a candidate for every kind of lift. Before undergoing a lift, you will have a thorough private consultation and evaluation with Dr. Kreithen. He will honestly and openly educate you about your options and help you to establish reasonable expectations and goals.
Following lift procedures, many patients experience an immediate improvement in their self-esteem and discover a greater self-confidence. In addition, many also find greater access to different clothing styles and fashions and are less self-conscious at the gym, around the pool, or at the beach.