Why is a compression garment important postoperatively?

A compression garment is used postoperatively for many plastic surgery procedures. It helps with reduction of swelling which in turn reduces pain. It also helps with procedures where there is significant skin undermining so that she skin scars back to the deep structures in the ideal position. Compression can also reduce potential dead space under the skin where fluid can collect. We call this a hematoma (collection of blood) or a seroma (collection of clear yellow fluid). They are worn for different lengths of time depending on the procedure that was performed. It is important for you to get this garment from your plastic surgeon because they are ordered specific for you depending on your measurements. If you order them yourself, your plastic surgeon can’t be responsible for your results because you may get it too tight or too loose. You will be measured for this garment at the time of your consultation.

How do you know if you need a tummy tuck or just liposuction?

It really comes down to if you have any excess skin or just localized fat deposits. If you have liposuction, and you already have some loose skin, it will likely get worse. Liposuction will help with a better contour in a patient that is at an ideal weight with localized fat deposits and no skin laxity. A tummy tuck is needed if you have excess skin and/or laxity to the abdominal muscles. We always do liposuction in conjunction with every tummy tuck to enhance the results. Therefore, the amount of skin laxity, muscle/abdominal wall laxity, and subcutaneous fat deposits determines which procedure is best for you. If you just have laxity of the lower abdominal muscles with skin laxity of just the lower abdomen a mini tuck might be the right procedure for you, but if you have laxity of the muscles above and below the umbilicus with laxity of the skin above and below as well, a full abdominoplasty is what is needed. Call New Leaf Plastic Surgery today (817-380-1087) for an evaluation, and Dr. Lovelace will help you decide which procedure is right for you.

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What are the risks?

The risks of a mini abdominoplasty include bleeding, infection, scarring, hematoma, seroma, need for drains, asymmetry, poor cosmesis, need for further surgery, dog ears, contour irregularities, fat necrosis, dehiscence, intra-abdominal/intrathoracic injury, bowel injury, laxity of skin over time, skin necrosis, continued excess skin/laxity above the umbilicus, numbness/hypersensation, nerve/vessel/muscle injury, persistent edema, cardiac/pulmonary/stroke/DVT/PE events, death, etc.

November Patient Appreciation Special

At New Leaf Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery we value our patients which is why for a limited time only we are offering our November Patient Appreciation Special! Details for the special are in the flyer below. Space is limited and you must make you appointment in order to secure the special.


A Heart Felt Patient Testimonial

I owe my life to Dr. Candis Lovelace.  While seeing her for a carpal tunnel surgery I mentioned a possible hernia.  She set up a CT Scan at North Hills Hospital.  While doing the scan they found a “Complete Aortic Dissection.”  Very few people survive this.  I was taken to the ER and admitted.  I had surgery 2 days later and now, 3 months later, I am ready to go on a vacation!  Without her care and attention to detail I could have died at any moment. ~T.N.


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