Meet Dr. Smith
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Dr. Smith performs the following body contouring procedures at his accredited practice in Edina. Please click on one of the following procedures below for more information.Over time, our bodies can develop areas of stubborn fat that become resistant to traditional weight loss methods. Even with a healthy diet and regular visits to the gym, it is common to struggle with some trouble areas where fat seems to simply stick around. Liposuction is an effective method to noticeably reduce specific areas of stubborn fat and provide you with the well-shaped figure you’ve been working toward. At Smith Plastic Surgery here in Edina, Minnesota, we do three types of liposuction. For small delicate areas, Dr. Smith recommends Syringe Liposculpture. With this liposuction method, we use tiny, delicate cannulas with small attached syringes to carefully suction fat from a smaller area such as the lower cheeks and neck. The syringes allow us to carefully and accurately measure volume treated, which helps with us to achieve symmetrical fat reduction. For general body liposuction, Dr. Smith uses the Tumescent Technique. General anesthesia is used for sedation during the surgical process. After the patient is asleep, we inject saline fluid into the area being prepared for surgery. This contains lidocaine (a local anesthetic) to help make the area numb, and epinephrine to constrict blood vessels and markedly decrease any blood loss. Finally, some antibiotics are added to the tumescent fluid to minimize chances of infection. After letting the medicines work, we use custom-designed curved and straight cannulas to target abnormally thick areas of fatty tissue. Both the fat and fat cells are treated from the deeper layer, which results in reshaping as well as subtle weight loss (*) For very fibrous fatty areas like the abdomen, flanks, lower back, and the chest (for men with gynecomastia) Dr. Smith performs Ultrasonic Liposuction. At Smith Plastic Surgery, we have the Mentor Contour Genesis Ultrasonic liposuction machine at our on-site surgical suite. This state-of-the-art machine pulses the tip of the cannulas at an ultrasonic frequency, which ruptures and dissolves fibro-fatty tissue. With this method, we are able to minimize a greater volume of fat, and the ultrasonic frequency helps with skin tightening during the months after surgery. Liposuction is a gorgeous surgery done superficially through tiny, easily-hidden incisions. We can reshape the body in ways that aren’t always possible through diet or exercise. Normally, we do liposuction on Thursday and our patients return to work and exercise by the following Monday or Tuesday. Liposuction works very well for people near their ideal weight who have resistant problem areas. The cost of Liposuction is $2000 to $5000 depending on the number of areas treated (This is the usual total cost for the surgery, but may vary with individual circumstances. The cost of liposuction will be reduced if combined with other procedures). We get great results with privacy and cost effectiveness. Call Today: 952.922.0895 between 8am and 8pm to schedule a free, next-morning consultation with Dr. Smith, or you may leave your contact information on the form to your right. Enjoy the good life! Click here to view our Before & After Gallery. For additional information on liposuction, please refer to the following guide provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
*These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary.After having a baby or losing a considerable amount of weight, it can be difficult to get your body looking the way you want. Skin laxity and bulging abdominal muscles are common problems that cannot be solved just by going to the gym and eating a healthy diet. With a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), you can smooth your body’s contours and achieve a flatter, beautifully-sculpted midsection. A tummy tuck is what we like to call a home run surgery. It can dramatically change the way clothing and swimsuits fit and result in a flatter, firmer abdomen. A tummy tuck is a well-deserved reward after going through pregnancy or losing a lot of weight. It is important, however, to understand that the tummy tuck is not a weight loss surgery. Diet and exercise will get you to a smaller size and healthy condition—a tummy tuck will help you add the finishing touch for a well-contoured shape. Dr. Smith is able to achieve the best–most natural-looking–results with patients who are close to their ideal weight, but who are struggling with loose abdominal skin or outstretched and bulging muscles. These issues occur when skin is stretched beyond its normal size for an extended period of time, such as during pregnancy or weight gain. Abdominal skin often lacks the elasticity to tighten up once the body reverts to a smaller size. In these cases, a tummy tuck is usually the most effective solution. It is not weight loss surgery because only several pounds are removed. The tightening of the skin and muscle though does give a flatter tummy and decreases signs of weight loss or childbirth. Dr. Smith performs this surgery by making a horizontal incision in the area between your belly button and pubic bone. From this location, Dr. Smith will be able to access and repair the underlying abdominal muscles, cinching them together to reduce bulging and achieve a beautifully-shaped foundation for your midsection. In some cases, Dr. Smith may also recommend liposuction to reduce any lingering deposits of stubborn fat. Once a slimmer, natural shape is achieved, the skin is pulled tight and incisions are closed, removing any excess skin to reduce sagging. Depending on your situation, Dr. Smith may recommend a mini tummy tuck, which uses a shorter incision. At Smith Plastic Surgery, a tummy tuck will cost about $6800, which includes all our fees including our office facility and anesthesia. It even includes the post op girdle. There are no taxes or hidden fees from our office. A mini tummy tuck costs about $5800. This is often recommended when later children are planned. You can expect great results, as well as privacy and affordability. Call 952-922-0895 between 8am and 8pm to schedule a free, next morning consultation with Dr. Smith, or you may leave your contact information on the form to your right. Enjoy the good life!
*These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary.Click here to view the Tummy Tuck Before & After photos. For additional information on breast augmentation surgery, please refer to the following guide provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Men and women with a large amount of excess skin along their upper arms often struggle with low levels of self-confidence and discomfort when wearing short or sleeveless tops. Unfortunately, after losing a large amount of weight, or simply with age, your skin loses elasticity and begin to sag or droop off your arms. Dr. Smith provides arm lift surgery to restore the appearance of well-toned and youthful arms.
Losing a large amount of weight is an extremely life-changing accomplishment. With it comes a healthier lifestyle and increased levels of self-confidence. However, it can be extremely frustrating if once the fat is gone and you’ve reached your goal weight, you are just faced with a new problem—loose skin.
The body lift is the next step following massive weight loss. Whether you’ve lost a significant amount of weight with diet and exercise or through weight loss surgery, a body lift can help to reduce excess skin and provide you with beautifully-toned contours.
Over time, our bodies can develop areas of stubborn fat that become resistant to traditional weight loss methods. Even with a healthy diet and regular visits to the gym, it is common to struggle with some trouble areas where fat seems to simply stick around. Liposuction is an effective method to finally eliminate your specific areas of stubborn fat to provide you with the well-shaped figure you’ve been working toward.