Surgical / Body

Tummy Tuck

This procedure flattens the loose, protruding lower abdomen by removing skin and fat tissue and tightening the abdominal muscles. Depending upon the amount of excess tissue, the extent of surgery varies, from mini-abdominoplasty (mini-tuck) to full abdominoplasty. This procedure may be combined with liposuction of the specific areas. This procedure creates a dramatic change in abdominal contour.

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Liposuction

This procedure is best suited for reducing localized fat excess. Common areas of liposuction include abdomen, hip, thighs, back, buttocks, calf and upper arms.

Dr. Kim has been using Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction (UAL) since 1998. Instead of destroying fat cells mechanically by suction, the fat cells are emulsified (or liquefied) by the ultrasonic waves and the liquefied fat solution is then aspirated. Using this technology, postoperative bruising and swelling appears to be less than conventional liposuction. This technique allows us to perform more extensive liposuction with greater safety. Also, the surface contour irregularity (commonly seen after conventional liposuction) is significantly less frequent. This technique is particularly suited for male patients, as well as back and legs of female patients.
Postoperatively Dr. Kim asks every patient to wear a compression garment for a period of 3 months for the best possible results.

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Buttock Augmentation

Buttock Augmentation procedure is designed to enhance the size and the shape of the buttocks. Buttock augmentation can be done by using silicone implants or injecting patient’s own fat by liposuction, commonly known as Brazilian buttock lift.

In general, the fat injection is preferred over implant placement. Liposuction of the flanks and hips will narrow the waistline, further enhancing the effect of fat injection. The availability of donor sites for fat is usually the limitation of this procedure. If there is not sufficient donor sites for fat injection, the implant placement may be recommended.

Mommy Makeover

Pregnancies may result in a variety of changes in body shape, including sagging breast and loss of volume, flaccid skin and protrusion of the abdomen, and fat deposit in the trunk and back.

Mommy makeover is the name for the procedures to reclaim the body before pregnancies. The combination of breast augmentation with or without breast lift, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and liposuction will result in the significant improvement in body contour. These procedures can be done together or separately safely in our beautiful surgery center.

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Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty is a procedure to help improve the aesthetic appearance of the external genitalia. A labiaplasty can remove the darkened folds and excess labia minora to help create a more symmetric cleaner appearance of your external genitalia. Also, some patients with large labia minora may have irritation, inflammation, swelling often pain of the labia. In such patient, labiaplasty may relieve these symptoms and the procedure may be covered by the insurance company.

Body Lift

Patients who has lost a large amount of body weight, by diet and exercising or by a bariatric surgery (gastric bypass or other procedures), present with a large amount of excess skin of the stomach, hips, back, buttocks, as well as arms and thighs. These patients often require multiple procedures to remove the excess skin and soft tissue, and contour the body in more natural, and aesthetic shape. Depending upon the severity of the excess skin, we offer a wide range of the procedures.

Excess skin of the abdomen, extending to the hips and back, are removed to achieve smooth contour of the trunk. When rolls are present in the hips and back, a circumferential removal of the skin of the trunk is recommended. When doing so, if the buttocks are saggy and flaccid, the roll of skin and fat can be placed under the buttock skin to increase the size of the buttock and make the buttocks rounder and lifted (autologous buttock augmentation, not to be confused with Brazilian buttock lift – fat injection).

In addition, excess skin of the arms and thighs may be removed to improve the contour as well.