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Category Archives: Body Contouring

Body Contouring Surgery refers to any number of procedures that help create our “perfect body”.

“I heard that if you have liposuction and then gain weight, the fat will go somewhere else” – Oh My!

This is a topic that continues to come up time and time again.  I am continually asked not only what happens to liposuctioned areas with weight gain, but also what happens  to non-liposuctioned areas.  There seems to be a fear out there that if one has liposuction and then gains weight that other areas of your body might become disproportionately larger or even freakish. First, let’s put this into perspective.  Liposuction is best performed on patients who are overall in pretty good shape, but just have an area or two that is stubbornly large.  The classic example is the woman … Continue reading  

Non-invasive ways to remove fat

There are a couple of new gadgets available today which claim to remove fat from your body while being completely non-invasive. One uses some fancy lights that sort of spin around over your body and is supposed to induce digestion of fat cells. The other one cools the fat cells to the point where they die and your body then cleans them out over the course of a few weeks. I remain skeptical of any new technology in general. I’m sort of a “prove it to me” kind of guy. Not sure I believe the spinning light idea is going … Continue reading  

Recovery after a Tummy Tuck

No matter what the procedure is, all of my patients need to know how to plan for their recovery. A Tummy Tuck operation (or “abdominoplasty”) is a procedure that removes loose skin from the lower belly and tightens the muscles of the abdomen. The muscle tightening is the tough part – I have never heard a complaint about the skin wound. We don’t actually cut the muscles. In fact, we don’t touch much of the muscle at all because they don’t hold sutures well. It is the covering envelope of each of our muscles called “fascia” that is used to … Continue reading  

Tummy Tuck Scarring Can Be Controlled

Choosing the appropriate level of the tummy tuck scar is a matter of proper surgical planning. We plastic surgeons may not be able to control exactly you’re your scar looks like (that is mostly a genetic thing), but we can control the location of the scars we make. The markings made right before surgery determine where everything (including the pubis) will end up. In order to give patients that scar location that they want I typically have them put on a bathing suit or panties that they want to be able to wear after the tummy tuck. I outline the … Continue reading  

Liposuction Safety

The news in recent days reminds us all about the importance of safety when having ANY operation, and liposuction is no exception.  I tell my wife all the time, "it may be cosmetic, but it’s still surgery".  That’s why my office has a Joint Commission certified operating suite (http://www.jointcommission.org/) with state of the art equipment and constant regulation. Furthermore, liposuction is performed simply and more efficiently with local anesthetic only.  It is rare that patients require more than that for a typical liposuction case. Finally, this terrible tale underscores the importance of making sure that your surgeon is board certified in … Continue reading  

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Dr. Thomas P. Sterry

Thomas Sterry, MD, is a board-certified New York City plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience. At his inviting, boutique-style practice in Manhattan, he focuses on each patient's unique needs and aesthetic goals so that he can provide the most attractive and natural-looking outcomes possible.

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