Individuals who have experienced significant weight loss, either naturally or after bariatric surgery, often find that they are left with excessive skin in many areas on their body including arms, breasts, abdomen and thighs. Whilst overall health improves after weight loss, the after-effects of loose, hanging skin can often leave the individual feeling self-conscious and in many cases, restricted in their lifestyle. In addition to the cosmetic effects, excess skin can also create areas of irritation to excessive rubbing resulting in hygiene issues.
Body contouring improves body shape and proportion as well as the tone of underlying tissue by removing excess sagging fat and skin, resulting in smoother body contours and a balanced appearance. Dr. Brooks has a unique understanding of the changes that occur following weight loss and offers procedures designed specifically to correct this. Body contouring procedures can include arm lift (brachioplasty), breast lift (mastopexy), stomach lift (abdominoplasty) and lower body lift around the buttocks and thighs. Post bariatric body contouring can result in dramatic changes to your appearance, improving overall self-esteem and confidence.
Lipoedema (Painful Fat Syndrome) is a progressive condition that affects many women. Lipoedema is a genetic fat disorder that affects 11% of Australian women with various presentations. Surgical treatment of Lipoedema is the only method to remove the fat.
Targeted liposuction will remove stubborn fat, limit disability, slow disease progression, reduce the risk of permanent lymphatic dysfunction and may assist in the reduction of pain symptoms. Liposuction is the only method proven to safely remove Lipoedema fat.
Water Assisted Liposuction ( WAL Lipo or BODY JET) is a precise and gentle technique where a high power water jet separates and dislodges the fat cells from the surrounding tissues with minimal damage to the lymphatics, while the suction simultaneously removes the fat that has been dislodged.
It is important to note that liposuction for Lipoedema provides a form of control but not a definitive cure. The best long term results are seen in patients who are proactive and diligent with all conservative nonsurgical treatment methods before and after surgery.
Ladies who have stopped having children and wish to get their tight, toned tummy and firm breasts back, are candidates for a mummy makeover. This is a multi-combination procedure that usually involves a tummy tuck and simultaneous breast lift. This is combined with liposculpture to address stubborn areas. Dr. Brooks offers the latest water assisted liposuction technology which is gentler and offers a quicker, less painful recovery, with much less bruising.
BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT
The Brazilian Butt Lift is a procedure that uses your own fat either from liposuction, or from the 'muffin top' area, that is re-deposited into the buttocks, improving overall fullness and shape. This procedure has a dual benefit of creating more slender body contours, while enhancing the size and shape of the buttocks. Stubborn fat that is difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise is removed and then purified. Purified fat cells are then strategically injected into targeted areas of the buttocks at different depths to achieve optimal volume and shape.
Fat transfer is a surgical procedure which moves fat from one part of the body to another. The procedure is also known as a fat graft or lipomodelling. The aim of the procedure is to remove unwanted fat from areas (such as the tummy or thighs) and use it to smooth or increase the size of another area (such as the breasts or face). Fat is first removed, then purified before being re-injected and shaped to achieve the desired result.
For many patients, dissatisfaction with breast size, shape, and volume is one of the top cosmetic concerns. When you feel uneasy in your own body, it can make it difficult to feel comfortable day to day, whether its wearing certain styles of clothing or showing off that swimsuit at the beach.
Whether your motivation is ageing, the effects of weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or simply genetics, breast augmentation may be the solution to a more balanced figure. Also known as mammoplasty, breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that uses your own fat, breast implants or both to enlarge size, restore volume, or enhance the shape and symmetry of breasts.
Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure which raises and reshapes sagging breasts. Over time, factors including pregnancy, breast feeding and gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As skin loses its elasticity, breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Mastopexy can also be used to reduce the size of the areola. If your breasts are small or have lost volume (e.g. post pregnancy) breast implants, fat graft, or both can be inserted in conjunction with mastopexy to increase both firmness and size. Before committing to mastopexy, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Brooks. The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy women who are realistic about what this procedure can accomplish. Best results are usually achieved in women with smaller, sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, however results may not last as long in heavy breasts.
Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammoplasty, is designed for women who naturally have very large breasts. They may experience a variety of medical and emotional problems due to the size and excessive weight of their breasts. Effects can include back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, breathing problems and feelings of self-consciousness. This procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola so that breasts are in proportion. The goal of this procedure is smaller, well-shaped breasts that are in proportion with the rest of the body.
Some ladies develop breasts of different size and shape. This difference can be the result of abnormalities in the chest wall, or because of differences in breast development. Severe forms are known as tuberous breast deformity and presents after puberty. Asymmetry varies in severity and techniques to correct are tailored to each patient.
Eyes are one of the most distinguishing facial features and as a result, problems with the eyelids or skin around the eyes can drastically affect overall appearance. Drooping eyelids are caused by several factors, including genetics, prolonged sun exposure and ageing. In addition to sagging eyelids, puffy eye bags may develop beneath the eyes, making you look older and more tired than you feel. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, offers a long-lasting solution. Blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes excess skin, muscle and fat from the upper and lower eyelids, removing or repositioning fat from the area for reduced puffiness. This procedure is a great option for those wanting to correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below the eyes.
Dr. Brooks offers general reconstructive facial surgery as required. This most commonly follows trauma, or in conjunction with skin cancer excision.