Body Surgery

Post Bariatric Cosmetic Surgery

Post-bariatric proceduresUndergoing massive weight loss surgery is a life changing achievement that deserves to be celebrated. Unfortunately, many bariatric patients are left with sagging, excess skin that hangs off their smaller physique, making it hard to focus on their weight loss accomplishment. If you have recently undergone weight loss surgery, body contouring can help you achieve a more attractive body shape by eliminating drooping skin that no longer contracts over your body’s contours. Here, South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery takes a look at the most popular body contouring procedures among patients who have had bariatric surgery.

Body Lift

Many bariatric patients are left with drooping, sagging skin that obscures their smaller body figure. For some, exercising or moving in general can be painful because of excess folds of skin on the upper arms and thighs left over from massive weight loss. Body lift gets rid of this skin and can help bariatric patients maintain a healthy lifestyle by making it easier to move. Body lift can tighten the skin in the upper arms, abdomen, thighs and buttocks areas.

Tummy Tuck

Did you undergo bariatric surgery hoping to get the toned abs you’ve always dreamed of, only to be left with sagging skin? Tummy tuck surgery firms and tones the abdomen by eliminating unsightly, drooping skin. Tummy tuck surgery is a popular choice among weight loss patients because it reduces the appearance of scars left by bariatric surgery. The experienced team at South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery offers two types of tummy tuck procedures, the complete tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck.


Liposuction can help put the final touches on your post-weight loss body by toning and firming your upper arms, thighs, abdomen and buttocks. This popular procedure eliminates drooping skin and fat that are hard to get rid of through just exercise and diet. Many of our patients combine liposuction with body lift to enhance their post-weight loss physique.

Male Breast Reduction

Men of all shapes and sizes can have enlarged breasts (gynecomastia). However, excess breast tissue can be more noticeable on men suffering from gynecomastia who have undergone massive weight loss surgery. Male breast reduction surgery eliminates excess breast tissue, fat and skin to create a flatter, more masculine-looking chest. Men can confidently show off their weight loss by wearing close-fitting clothing in public without worrying about “man boobs.”

Take the Next Step with Body Contouring

South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery has helped hundreds of bariatric surgery patients firm and tone their bodies following massive weight loss. To find out how our team of experienced surgeons can help you with your weight loss journey, schedule a personal consultation today. Please call (954) 565-7575.

Does Body Contouring Decrease Long-Term BMI?

bigstockphoto_Waist_Measurement_28973Have you recently lost a significant amount of weight, and worry about maintaining your weight loss over time? A recent study found that body contouring may help post-bariatric patients control their long-term weight. The team at South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, who often work with post-bariatric patients, discuss the study here.

A research team, led by Dr. Tali Freidman, found that post-bariatric patients that had body contouring plastic surgery were more likely to maintain a lower Body Mass Index than patients that did not have the plastic surgery. Dr. Freidman and her team presented their findings at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement of body fat, calculated using height and weight. The higher the BMI, the more body mass a person carries. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 indicates an individual is overweight; a BMI of 30 or more indicates an individual is obese.

The study looked at individuals that had adjustable gastric banding, which is known as the safest, yet least effective of the weight loss procedures. Thirty to fifty percent of gastric banding patients regain part or all of their weight within two to four years of surgery.

According to the authors of the study, the key to keeping weight off after gastric banding could be body contouring surgery.

More about Body Contouring Plastic Surgery

After rapid, significant weight loss, many bariatric patients are left with loose, wrinkly skin that obscures their new shape. This skin is cosmetically unappealing; it can also become easily irritated or infected.

Body contouring is designed to remove loose skin and perfect the body’s shape. South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery offers procedures that treat excess skin on the arms, thighs, abdomen, breasts and entire trunk. Tighter skin helps to show off a leaner physique and completes the total body makeover.

Why might plastic surgery possibly affect an individual’s BMI? The authors of the study suggest that body contouring patients are able to see and feel the results of their weight loss more clearly. This provides much-needed motivation to eat healthy meals and work out regularly. Patients that do not have body contouring, and struggle with loose, wrinkly skin, may lack the confidence or motivation to follow healthy habits.

Learn More about Body Contouring Plastic Surgery

If you have lost a significant amount of weight from bariatric surgery or non-surgical methods, and are left with loose, wrinkly skin, South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery can help. Contact us today by calling (954) 565-7575.

Celebrity Arms

It’s hard to get through Hollywood’s award season without developing a case of celebrity arm envy. For weeks, slender, sexy celebrities hit the red carpet in strapless frocks designed to show off their beautifully sculpted arms. Mere mortals can’t help but pine after their chiseled shoulders, toned triceps and buff biceps.

In the spirit of the recent Academy Awards show and its honorees, South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery presents our picks for the best arms in Tinseltown. Check out our selections, and add your own to the comments below!

Cameron Diaz

Cameron regularly serves up arm inspiration in a mix of movie roles and red carpet appearances. Her personal trainer, Teddy Bass, has her alternate strength training moves like tricep dips and bicep curls with treadmill sprints. The results are jealousy inducing!

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer loves to wear tiny dresses on the red carpet to show off her long, lean limbs. According to her yoga teacher, Mandy Ingber, Jen works hard for her strong arms, and finds the Plank Pose and Plank push-ups particularly effective.

Hilary Swank

Even years after playing a boxer in “Million Dollar Baby,” Hilary maintains athletic and strong-looking arms. Two to three times a week, her trainers, Rich and Helene Guzman, take her through a special strength routine with an exercise band that includes bicep curls and tricep extensions.

Amy Adams

A regular fixture on the red carpet, Amy favors strapless dresses that show off her flab-free arms. Her workout routine remains a secret, but fitness gurus speculate that Amy might sculpt her arms with regular kickboxing classes.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita certainly needed strong arms to carry around all the awards she won last year for her role in “12 Years a Slave.” The red carpet darling likely chiseled her upper body muscles with moves like mountain climbers, curl presses and lateral raises.


We would be remiss if we didn’t include the original Material Girl, Madonna, on our list. She clearly favors a defined, muscular look, which trainer Nicole Winhoffer says she achieves by switching up her fitness routine weekly. Madonna recently opened up a number of Hard Candy Fitness gyms around the world to help fans and fitness enthusiasts achieve similar body sculpting results.

Do Your Arms Need Some Help?

If your upper arms are flabbier or saggier than you would like, and regular exercise isn’t helping, consider arm lift with the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery team. Arm lift can give you the tight, toned-looking arms that you envy on all of your favorite celebrities.


3 Holiday Treats

Responsible Holiday Snacking

The holiday season is back, and it typically involves festive parties, good friends and countless delectable treats. Unfortunately, indulging in all the sweet treats that are available during the holidays can unwittingly add inches to the toned abdominal contour you have recently achieved with plastic surgery. This holiday season, protect your figure by snacking smarter. Here are three treats that will remind you of the holidays, without ruining your body contouring cosmetic surgery results.

Baked Apples With Cinnamon

Baked apples are a sensible treat any time of year, but adding cinnamon to them will remind you of Christmas. To prepare this tasty treat — which is a good source of fiber and several vitamins, including vitamins A, C and E — core an apple, keeping the bottom intact. You can add spices, such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and a touch of honey or agave nectar to the empty core. Bake them in an oven that’s been preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, for about 45 minutes. These seasonal treats are not just tasty — they smell like your mom’s kitchen on Christmas Day.

Dark Chocolate

Instead of reaching for another Christmas cookie, try snacking on one or two squares of dark chocolate. Unlike the empty calories in many cakes and cookies, dark chocolate that is comprised of at least 75-percent cacao contains antioxidant qualities that help fight the free radicals roaming around inside our bodies. Dark chocolate also contains fiber, iron, magnesium and several other nutrients. Not to mention, dark chocolate has been shown to provide cardiovascular health benefits. Just make sure to enjoy this treat in moderation.

Air-Popped Popcorn

Most people have fallen victim to the multi-gallon tin of popcorn that can be purchased in many drug stores around the holidays, at one time or another: You promise yourself that you will only eat a handful of the caramel- and cheese-laden popcorn, only to find that you have consumed about a gallon of the stale snack in one sitting. This year, try air-popping your own popcorn for a healthier snack option.

Air-popped popcorn is a good source of fiber, which regulates digestion and helps keep you feeling satisfied. Also, by popping your own popcorn, you can be sure that no chemicals were added to your snack, as is often the case with microwaveable popcorn.

For added flavor, sprinkle on a dash of truffle salt or some parsley and paprika. Cumin also makes an interesting addition to air-popped popcorn. You can even wrap up several of your homemade flavors in individually sized holiday gift bags to give away as presents.

Need Help Contouring Your Figure?

If you have tried to exercise and snack on healthy food items this holiday season, but cannot seem to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat or loose skin around your abdomen, contact South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery for help. Our plastic surgeons offer a range of body contouring treatment options that will help you look great for the New Year.

To schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, contact the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery by calling (954) 565-7575.

Will I benefit from Liposuction?

Is Liposuction Right for You?At South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we understand why liposuction can seem like a panacea for weight loss. Although liposuction is an effective means of eliminating stubborn pockets of unwanted fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, it is not meant for everyone. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you determine whether you would benefit from liposuction.

Am I at or just slightly above my ideal body weight?

If you answered “yes” to this question, you might be an appropriate candidate for liposuction. Liposuction is not designed as a tool for substantial weight loss. Instead, it is best performed for individuals who are at or just above their ideal body weight but have localized fat deposits that do not respond to a healthy lifestyle.

One reason that liposuction is not intended as a tool for major weight loss is that removing too much fat at one time can cause serious surgical complications. Not to mention, removing too much fat in one instance with liposuction will leave patients with loose excess skin that will not shrink down to a smaller size or shape to fit the new body contour.

Am I at a stable body weight that I feel I can maintain after liposuction surgery?

It is important that you are at a stable body weight that you feel comfortable maintaining after liposuction; because, although any fat that is removed with liposuction will not return, regaining more than about 10 percent of your body weight may cause the residual fat cells to grow larger or new ones to crop up.

Do I smoke?

If you answered “yes” to this question, you must next ask yourself whether you are prepared to quit smoking for several weeks before and after the liposuction procedure. Why? The answer is that oxygen is essential to your body’s healing process; without it, the tissues take longer to heal. Smoking robs your blood of oxygen, instead replacing it with toxins. Smoking also causes blood vessels to constrict, so they cannot deliver vital oxygen to the healing tissues. In addition, smoking can cause serious surgical complications, including reopening the wounds at your incision sites. For these reasons, you must be prepared to quit smoking if you are a smoker who is seeking liposuction.

Do I have sound skin elasticity?

Try this: Pull on the skin on your abdomen. Does it snap back into place when you let it go? If so, your skin elasticity is most likely good. It is important for liposuction patients to have good skin elasticity, so their skin will “bounce back” to a smaller size once the fat has been removed.

Patients with poor skin elasticity may be better suited for another body contouring procedure, such as abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck” surgery), which is designed to eliminate loose excess skin and repair the underlying tissue structures.

Find Out Whether You Are a Suitable Candidate

Although these are helpful preliminary questions to ask yourself when considering liposuction, the only way to establish with certainty whether you would benefit from the procedure is to visit a board-certified plastic surgeon. A qualified plastic surgeon can evaluate your physique, listen to you cosmetic concerns and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.

To schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, contact the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery by calling (954) 565-7575.

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