Body Contouring: Which Procedure is Best for You?

Dr. Magassy of Plastic Surgery Associates, PC in McLean, VA can help alleviate saggy or mommy "pooches" with abdominoplasty or better known as tummy tuck or mommy makeover. Located in Northern Virginia, close to Washington DC.

With more and more choices available to our patients, choosing the body contouring procedures that right for you can be difficult.  Let’s take a look at the options we offer at Plastic Surgery Associates in McLean, VA.


Advanced, FDA-approved, laser technology called SmartLipo™, offers the ability to remove fat while simultaneously tightening stretched-out skin, for smooth, toned abdominals, upper arms, thighs, back, and bra-strap area.

“We have been extremely impressed with the results using SmartLipo™,” explains Dr. Magassy. “We have been using this advanced laser technology for the past year with very impressive results.  It provides a much less invasive option to other fat reduction procedures and can be done under local anesthesia with light sedation, thereby considerably reducing the immediate recovery time as well as risk of side effects.  Because SmartLipo™ is minimally invasive, there is much less bleeding and bruising than with traditional liposuction.  In some cases, SmartLipo™ has even replaced the need for a tummy tuck procedure.”

Tummy Tuck

There are actually multiple tummy tuck variations, and choosing the right procedure depends on your aesthetic goals and your anatomy. In general, tummy tuck surgery creates a flatter abdomen by removing lax skin that is left behind after losing significant weight or pregnancy. For a full, or standard, tummy tuck, Dr. Magassy makes a horizontal incision extending from hip to hip just above the pubic area. In most cases the incision is below the bikini line, which hides scars. Although this is the most invasive option, with a recovery lasting a few weeks, it is also the most thorough for those who want truly transformative results.

Mommy Makeover

Combining a tummy tuck and liposuction is common to remove both fat and excess skin. The “Mommy Makeover” is a convenient surgical package that incorporates a breast lift and an abdominoplasty to remove excess skin and restore the pre-pregnancy shapeliness back to your body. A breast lift deals primarily with removing the excess skin of the breast. This procedure may be replaced by a breast reduction for certain patients desiring their breasts to be smaller as well as lifted. Still, some women take this opportunity to enhance the breast with an implant as well as remove any excess tissue. An abdominoplasty removes excess skin and tightens muscles that have been made weak by pregnancy’s stress. Both procedures tackle the problem areas most women find after pregnancy.

If you think one or more of these body contouring options may benefit you, contact us to come in and explore your choices during a consultation with Dr. Magassy.  Private surgical suite is conveniently located in McLean, VA for patients in Northern Virginia and Washington DC.

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