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How a Fat Transfer Can Help You Look Younger

Forget serums and creams, it is your fat that holds the key to ageless beauty. Although fat has a bad reputation in some circles, in the right quantities and in the right locations, fat offers the body dramatic potential for rejuvenation. To help get your fat to those areas where it will be most beneficial, we use a procedure called a fat transfer.

Could a fat transfer help you achieve your aesthetic goals?

What Is a Fat Transfer?

Have you ever wished that you could have less fat on your tummy, but more fat in your cheeks? Moving fat from one area to another is the basic premise behind a fat transfer procedure. Dr. Landis extracts fat from an area with excess and moves it into an area that could benefit from extra volume, often the face.

As you age, facial volume shifts downward. Formerly full cheeks can lose youthful fat and become thinner and gaunt. Hollows may develop under the eyes. Volume loss accentuates wrinkles and creases, making them more visible. Adding fat back into the face erases many of these common signs of aging.

Transferred fat will integrate into your facial tissues over time, adding lasting volume. Many patients will enjoy near-permanent results from a single treatment.

Why Fat Transfer Is One of Your Best Options for Rejuvenation

Fat transfer is one of our favorite options for rejuvenation. Here’s why:

  • Minimal Downtime – Fat transfer allows patients to rejuvenate and get back to life quickly. Downtime is minimal and many patients will only need a day or two off from work. Side effects are also minimal and resolve within the first couple of weeks.
  • Versatile – From hollows under the eyes to a loss of volume in the cheeks, fat transfer is highly versatile. We use this treatment to rejuvenate many areas of the face. It can also be paired with surgical treatments, like a facelift, to enhance and extend the results.
  • Long-Lasting – Come in for treatment once and enjoy a lifetime of benefit. Fat transfer offers patients long-lasting volume with results that last years longer than a typical filler treatment.

Looking for a Non-Surgical Alternative? Consider Fillers Instead

Fat transfer uses your own fat to volumize and revitalize your facial appearance. The fat is extracted from the body using liposuction techniques. Since we’re only extracting a small amount of fat, recovery times are minimal for most patients, usually less than a standard liposuction procedure. Most patients have some tenderness and bruising for a few days and are back to full activity within two weeks.

While downtime is minimal after a fat transfer, some patients would like to avoid missing work entirely. These patients can enjoy many of the benefits of a fat transfer with a non-surgical dermal filler treatment. Injectable hyaluronic acid fillers are used in place of fat to restore facial volume and recreate youthful contours. Results from fillers won’t last as long as a fat transfer, but if you opt for fillers, no downtime is needed.

Contact Dr. Landis to Schedule Your Fat Transfer Consultation

A little extra fat can be a good thing. Restore a more youthful appearance with a fat transfer procedure. If you’re ready to learn more, reach out to our office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Landis. Call us at (952) 562-5940 today.


Magic Abs: How the Tummy Tuck Benefits Your Core

Many of us work out and eat right with the goal of attaining a defined waistline and flat, toned abdominals. After all the hard work you’ve put in, it can be disheartening to look in the mirror and still not see the results you want. The unwanted flab and sagging skin that stand between you and the sculpted midsection you’ve always dreamed of don’t care how many planks and crunches you do, or how diligently you diet.  

Many people are genetically predisposed to accumulating hard-to-lose belly fat due to age and hormonal fluctuations, among other factors. If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, you may still have uncomfortable skin laxity around your abdominal region. Women who have undergone one or more pregnancies also know what a struggle it can be to get their post-baby body back. 

If you still have love handles, a muffin top, or a beer gut despite all your best efforts, what can you do? A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical option that can contour your midsection, help your clothes fit better, and give you the silhouette you’ve always wanted.

What Does an Abdominoplasty Entail?

A tummy tuck is a relatively straightforward cosmetic procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat and repositioning the abdominal muscles to a tighter position. Dr. Landis and his surgical team believe patients should have realistic expectations to enjoy the best results. That’s why we will educate you about the procedure and what you can look forward to once your recovery has progressed. 

While a tummy tuck can remove some fat, you should be close to your ideal weight before undergoing surgery. To maintain your ideal outcome, you must also be willing to stay at or near your target body weight. 

The Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck can have lasting changes in your self-esteem and quality of life, provided you commit to following a healthy lifestyle. The procedure has a remarkably high success rate, and the vast majority of patients are satisfied with the results many years later. A tummy tuck might be just what you need to finally overcome the last few issues that are holding you back from achieving your aesthetic goals. Consider these advantages of abdominoplasty surgery.

Reveal Your Abdominal Muscles

If you have been exercising for a long time, you probably have toned abs already, but you can’t see them because they are hiding under a layer of stubborn body fat. By trimming away excess flab, a tummy tuck will help make the results of your efforts more noticeable.

Get Rid of the Post-Baby Pooch

A common condition known as diastasis recti is a little-discussed post-pregnancy body issue. Because of this problem, a woman can still look pregnant months after giving birth. If you are still wearing your maternity clothes to hide your protruding belly, a tummy tuck can reverse this condition and improve your self-esteem.

Reduce Back Pain and Improve Posture

Weakened core muscles, which often occur after pregnancy or major weight loss, cause the back muscles to overcompensate, often leading to lower back pain. Because tummy tuck surgery tightens the abdominal muscles and helps strengthen your core, it can also improve your posture and reduce back pain. 

Help Maintain Long-Term Weight Loss

Though abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss procedure, patients who get tummy tucks often feel more motivated to keep off extra pounds because they love their results.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

As you get older, life and life events will change your abdominal region. Many of those variables are entirely outside your control, no matter how many hours of work you put in at the gym. A tummy tuck provides an ideal option for patients who would like to safely sculpt their midsection and enhance their natural features. 

If you are in good health, are a non-smoker, have achieved a stable body weight, and have no severe health complications, you will likely be an excellent candidate for this procedure. Women who plan to become pregnant should wait until after they are finished having children to have a tummy tuck. While the surgery does not affect the ability to get pregnant or carry a child to term, future pregnancies could adversely affect your abdominoplasty results by stretching the muscles and skin out of shape again.

Schedule a Tummy Tuck Consultation Today

If you are dreaming of defining your core and haven’t seen results through exercise and diet, reach out to us to make a tummy tuck appointment with Dr. Landis. We’re here to help with personalized care options and have decades of surgical expertise to ensure a good result.

Reveal your magic abs with a tummy tuck procedure today!

Your Favorite Jeans Miss You

If you have excess fat and skin in your abdomen that you can’t get rid of through diet and exercise, you may be considering a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck will sculpt the waistline and smooth the stomach.

If you are interested in a tummy tuck, schedule your consultation today!

Look & Feel Great: Medical Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery

When considering a tummy tuck, most patients look for the aesthetic outcome of a toned and taut abdomen. Because the procedure helps reverse the effects of weight fluctuation and pregnancy by supporting the underlying abdominal wall and removing unsightly sagging skin, we tend to think the procedure has only a cosmetic value. Although there are plenty of visible concerns resolved by the surgery, there are also medical benefits as well.

With the repositioning and repair of abdominal muscles, the aesthetic benefits make the procedure appealing. However, tummy tucks can also have medical benefits that many patients are not aware of. Here are a few:

Better Posture

An important cosmetic benefit of abdominoplasty is also a medical improvement as well. By strengthening the underlying abdominal muscles, it is easier for the core to support the rest of the body. The result is better posture which may help resolve medical issues like swayback and lordosis.

Reduction of Urinary Incontinence

This issue is common in mothers after bearing children. A tummy tuck helps correct urinary leakage due to SUI (Stress Urinary Incontinence) by creating a bladder obstruction with soft tissue near the pelvic area. This technique helps stop urinary incontinence patients experience when laughing, exercising, sneezing, or coughing.

This correction is a welcome benefit to many mothers who have had multiple pregnancies and need more than a tighter mid-section.

Hernia Relief

Although liposuction is a great procedure to eliminate stubborn abdominal fat, a tummy tuck corrects pressure on the skin and weakened abdominal muscles caused by a hernia. The patient can benefit from a safer and less expensive approach by combining abdominoplasty with hernia correction. Additionally, patients love that they only have to undergo one recovery period instead of two.

Stronger Core

Our core muscles are involved in everything we do; from breathing, sitting up and lifting objects of all weights. Because we use our core extensively, abdominal muscle repair will have a significant influence on our quality of life.

You will Feel Great

Mothers often deal with the consequence of damaged abdominal muscles and stretched skin. Although disciplined efforts of exercise and a wise nutritional plan can bring aesthetic and medical benefits, they often cannot achieve all the goals many women set for themselves and their body.

After a tummy tuck, many patients experience the joy of successfully correcting their abdominal contour as well as improving their health and wellbeing. With these results, many women find abdominoplasty not only helps them look great, but they feel great also.

Why Dr. Landis

Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. George Landis, has extensive training and experience in delivering safe, effective results in abdominoplasty. He is second to none in compassion and ethical standards and strives to deliver optimal results in a professional, stress-free environment.

Next Step

To learn on how you can correct your body contour and improve your quality of life, contact Dr. Landis for a tummy tuck consultation.

To schedule a consultation, contact us today at (952) 562-5940.



Tummy Tuck

The mid-section is an area that many people struggle with throughout their lives–both men and women can find it difficult to achieve their aesthetic abdominal goals. There are a number of factors that can contribute to the mid-section’s ability to respond to diet and exercise, for example, women who have been through multiple pregnancies often find they have excess, sagging skin in the region and that their abdominal muscles are stretched out–neither of these issues can be corrected through proper diet and consistent exercise alone. Similarly, both men and women who have achieved a significant weight loss through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise in a short amount of time often are also left with excess, sagging skin. The Tummy Tuck is performed through an incision that runs horizontally along the lower abdominal region from hip to hip–excess skin is removed, abdominal muscles may be tightened, and the remaining skin is then closed to create a smoother, more toned appearance.

Sometimes the Tummy Tuck may be performed in combination with other body contouring procedures such as liposuction (for stubborn fat remaining in the area) or as part of a Mommy Makeover. If you are interested in learning more about the Tummy Tuck procedure and recovery process, and to find out if it may be right for you, contact our office to schedule your confidential consultation with Dr. Landis today.

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