✼ Tummy Tuck [Abdominoplasty]
This procedure is performed to contour the abdominal region-muslce, fat, skin. Candidates for this procedure are usually women due to post pregnancy tissue changes. It is also done for both men and women after massive weight loss. The abdominal wall and soft tissue under goes irreversible changes causing the rectus abdominus muscle ( “6 pack” muscle) to separate and have excess loose skin and fatty tissue. Depending on the extent of the soft tissue changes, patient’s maybe candidates for mini-tummy tuck to full tummy tuck. This procedure may be combined with liposuction to contour the love handle areas or the pubic areas.
For certain candidates, Dr Kahng will perform a drainless abdominoplasty to further provide comfort during the recovery.
/ Procedure time and Recovery after Tummy Tuck
Dr Kahng does all his abdominal surgeries in his AAAASF certified outpatient surgery center within his office. Abdominoplasty typically takes 3-4 hours. Patient need to be NPO for 8 hours and need to arrive at the surgery center 1 hour prior and usually stay in the recovery room for an hour prior to being discharged. Patients are restricted from driving for 3 week and 6 weeks for any strenuous physical activity like lifting or gym activities.
✼ Mommy Make Over
After pregnancy, woman’s body goes through both hormonal and structural changes to different parts of the body. The significant changes are seen in the breast, abdominal areas, and vaginal areas. The breast is reshaped by augmentation with either saline or silicone gel implants along with or without a breast lift and the abdomen is reshaped with an abdominoplasty and liposuction procedure.
✼ Labioplasty and Vaginal Wall Reconstruction
Due to the process of child birthing and hormonal changes, the external and internal anatomy of the vaginal area is changed. The external genitalia (labia minora) may acquire excess skin, causing discomfort and the birth canal can also be stretched and cause urine leakage. Sometime labial enlargement is congenital. Labioplasty to reduce the size of the labia minora and vaginal reconstruction is necessary to restore the anatomy and re suspend the bladder. These procedures can be covered by your insurance depending on the plan.
This procedure is minimally invasive and is another powerful tool to contour the face or body. It is to reduce localized fatty tissue. Common areas of treatment include the abdomen, back, thighs, upper arm, neck or face. Dr Kahng uses the Power Assisted Liposuction System.
Dr Kahng uses the latest advanced technology with laser assisted lipoplasty (Accuscultp) to both liquefy and to tighten the skin of the face and body. Using this FDA approved technology, post operative bruising and swelling is minimized. Dr Kahng also uses this technology to correct contour irregularities for patients who have the “lumps and bumps” after liposuction in the past.
Post operative garments are vital in contouring the face or body and Dr Kahng recommends all his patients to wear the compressive garment for a period of 3-6 months to optimize the results.
/ Surgery time and recovery for liposuction
Dr Kahng does all his liposuction surgeries in his AAAASF certified outpatient surgery center within his office. Surgical time can vary from 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on the number of areas of treatment. Also liposuction can be done with various types of anesthesia like local anesthesia to intravenous sedation to full general anesthesia. Recovery time can be from few days to 1 week to normal activities.
✼ Brazilian Butt Lift
This procedure is to lift, enhance, and volumize the buttock with the patient’s own fatty tissue in conjunction with contouring the surrounding areas of the trunk (abdomen, back, flanks) and thighs (outer, inner, banana roll. Traditional mechanical liposuction with atraumatic cannulas is perform to harvest and collect the fat which is then carefully transferred to the buttock area. If patients do not have enough fat that can be harvested, the only surgical option is to use specialized silicone implants.
Dr Kahng recommends patients to always be in a prone position for 2 weeks and to wear a special compressive garment to mold and shape the buttock region for 3-6 months.
When patients do not have enough fat to perform the fat transfer, Dr Kahng will recommend gluteal silicone implant surgery.
✼ Gluteal Implants/Augmentation
Unlike in the past, gluteal augmentation with silicone implants has been safe when performed properly. The risk of infection is low comparable to a breast augmentation. The silicone implant different than a breast implant. The implant is placed through a well hidden incision in the gluteal crease and under the muscle. Patients can achieve a natural or fuller look that is permanent. The implants do not have to be changed over time. The recovery however is long and patients need to follow a strict post operative care instructions to minimize any complications. Dr Kahng will provide a detailed recovery course for each individual patients.
✼ Body Lifts
Patients who have lost a large amount of body weight, either by diet or by surgeries like lap band or gastric sleeve, have excess skin in different parts of the body like abdomen, back, buttock, arms, thigh, face, and neck. Contouring the body from head to toe requires multiple procedures and some of the procedures can be covered by your insurance. All of these procedures can be done safely as an outpatient procedure.
* Belt Lipectomy-removal of skin and fat from the lower part of the abdomen and lower back/buttock junction
* Panniculectomy-removal of skin and fat in the lower abdominal area only. However, to achieve an ideal reshaping of the anterior abdominal wall, an abdominoplasy is recommended where not only excess skin and fat is removed but also the abdominal wall muscle is sinched/plicated.
* Brachioplasty-removal of skin and fat from the upper arm. Dr. Kahng uses a technique to minimize complications compared to the traditional brachioplasty where skin flaps are elevated. Dr. Kahng combines the use of power assisted liposuction (PALS) and skin removal for a quicker recovery.
* Bra line lift-removal of skin and soft tissue in the mid portion of the back where the incision line is hidden in the bra line.
* Inner thigh/knee lift-removal of skin and fat from the inner part of the knee and fat. Dr. Kahng uses a technique to minimize complications compared to the traditional inner/medial thigh lift where skin flaps are elevated. Dr. Kahng combines the use of power assisted liposuction and laser lipoplasty along with skin removal for a quicker recovery.
* Mastopexy/breast reduction-removal of skin, fat and breast tissue
* Face/neck lift-removal of excess skin and tightening facial and neck muscles