Body Surgery Questions - Answers


 

Body plastic surgeries generate questions that result in anxiety before, during and after plastic surgery. At ReNova Plastic surgery of Pittsburgh, we believe that answering those questions improve the state of mind of our patients, favoring successful outcomes.

Please find questions related to body plastic surgery including: Arm lift; Brazilian butt lift; Body lift; Fat transfer; Labiaplasty; Liposuction; Mini tummy tuck; Mommy makeover; Sculpsure; Tummy tuck; and thigh lift. Dr. Clavijo answered them with his systematic approach. Analyzing the problem, identifying possible reasons for them, and proposing advice that may help solving the issues.

Be aware that the accuracy of the answers may be limited due to the lack of physical examination, not being the surgeon of the case, and not being part of the decision making of the cases.

Arm Lift - Questions and Answers

Swelling in the forearms after brachioplasty. Incorrect compression garment?

Congratulations on your procedure, and thank you for your question. Swelling is a must after arm surgery. The use of compression garments have the... READ MORE

 

Any Pittsburgh doctors that will do arm lift, breast lift with implants and thigh lift all at once?

Thanks for sharing your question and congratulations on a job well done. 130 lbs down is a tremendous achievement. I can appreciate your concern.... READ MORE

 

Do I need an arm lift or lipo? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question and photos. I can appreciate your concern Based on your pictures, I can appreciate how the inner portion of your arm... READ MORE

 

Which one is first? Which ones can be done together? Arm lift, thigh lift, tummy tuck and Brazilian butt lift

Congratulations on your weight loss and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The best recommendation to you is to make... READ MORE

 

Forearm swelling 6 weeks post-op Brachiolasty. Any suggestions?

I am sorry that you are having concerns about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The surgery for... READ MORE

 

Weight loss! Should I consider an arm lift? (Photo)

Congratulations on your weight loss and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern and agree with your assessment. You have... READ MORE

 

Arm Lift revision needed - is improvement possible? (Photo)

I am sorry that you are having concerns about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern and agree with your... READ MORE

 

Are there medical reasons (medical necessity) to have a brachioplasty? (photos)

Congratulations on your weight loss and thanks for sharing your question and photos. You have very big arm skin redundancy. After breast cancer, if... READ MORE

 

I feel a lump underneath my skin next to my scar. Do I need to massage? Is this normal?

I am sorry that you are having concerns about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Based on your... READ MORE

 

Is there a cure for these granny arms? (photo)

Thanks for sharing your question and photos. I can appreciate your concern and agree with your assessment. Your case is a tricky one. The skin has... READ MORE

 

Had lipo on arms 3 years ago. Very wavy but not as bad as before. Accent treatments did help.

I am sorry that you are having concerns about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It seems to me... READ MORE

 

Would brachioplasty remove stretch marks on the arms?

Thanks for sharing your question. Stretch marks only disappear if they are cut off. If the remaining tissue has stretch marks, there is a chance... READ MORE

 

I want to get a bilateral brachioplasty and need to know how long I should stay out of work.

Congratulations on your future procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. When undergoing a brachioplasty the time... READ MORE

 

Armlift, short or long scar? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question and photos. I can appreciate your concern and agree with your assessment. Based on your pictures, I can appreciate... READ MORE

 

Can ace bandages be used after an arm lift?

Congratulations on your procedure, and thank you for your question. The answer is YES. You can use and ace bandage. However, there is dilemma among... READ MORE

 

How soon do you have to wait after lateral, medial thigh lift to have an arm lift?

Congratulations on your procedure. I guess the first surgery went well, and now you are looking into the second one. As said before, a minimum of 3... READ MORE

 

Do you think I qualify for an arm lift? (Photo)

Congratulations on your weight loss.Loosing fat deposits from the arm area is very difficult, and you did it.The ideal photos are with the arms... READ MORE

 

I need to have arm lift surgery but I still have weight to lose, do I have to wait until I hit my goal? (photos)

Great job in your journey. You should feel very proud of your achievement.To answer your question:If you have your surgery and continue loosing... READ MORE

 

I am 38 yrs old. I'm 5'3" and 195 lbs. Would I be a candidate for an arm lift and a tummy tuck?

What a wonderful successful story. Congratulations on your weight loss.To answer your question:You are a great candidate for both procedures. Remember... READ MORE

 

8 days post op arm lift. Is it normal to have my skin black by the stitches? (Photo)

I am sorry that you are going through this inconvenience with your surgery.Answering your question:the changes in your skin might be due to blood flow... READ MORE

 

Brazilian Butt Lift - Questions and Answers

BBL and tummy tuck at the same time?

Congratulations on your future procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The principle of Brazilian butt... READ MORE

 

I want a BBL. I'm 5'4" and 153lbs. I live in Houston and I'm starting my research now. Am I looking to spend 10k? (Photo)

Congratulations in your decision. You will be a great candidate. The footprint of your body is ideal for the procedure. Your budget is well into the... READ MORE

 

Do I have the potential to look like this? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question and photos. I can appreciate your concern. Happy patients in plastic surgery are the ones that have a good inside... READ MORE

 

Butt too big for my body. Can I have some fat removed?

I am sorry that you are having concerns about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. When removing the... READ MORE

 

How much do I have to weigh to get a BBL?

Congratulations on your future procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Unfortunately there is no magic weight.... READ MORE

 

Looking to get a Brazilian butt lift, am I a good candidate? Is more lipo needed? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question and photos. I can appreciate your concern. Fat grafting is better for patients with well-defined aesthetic units to... READ MORE

 

I'm 17 years old!! Can I get a BBL (fat transfer +lipo suction) ??

Thanks for sharing your question. Fat transfer is a safe procedure. Not much information has being published related to underage safety. It is a... READ MORE

 

Large lump on back of thigh after Brazilian Butt Lift. Any suggestions ?

I am sorry that you are having concerns about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The most important... READ MORE

 

Need help choosing between implants or fat transfer if I'm a good candidate for it? (photos)

Thanks for sharing your question and photos. I can appreciate your concern. Fat grafting is better for patients with well-defined aesthetic units to... READ MORE

 

Is it okay to lay down on back after Brazilian butt lift (BBL)?

Congratulations on your future procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The principle of Brazilian butt lifting... READ MORE

 

I weigh 110lbs. Is BBL an option for me or should I get a butt implant instead? (Photo)

Thank you for your question.Let me start by saying that you are blessed with a very slim figure. On the same token, I can appreciate why you are... READ MORE

 

Body Lift - Questions and Answers

What type of surgery will be needed to fix my body? (Photo)

Congratulations on your weight loss and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern and agree with your assessment. By... READ MORE

 

When and at what weight should I get a body lift? Should I go ahead with lipo now? I've scheduled a lift in 9 months.

Congratulations on your weight loss and thanks for sharing your question. Straight to your questions: A great result can be achieved, if you are... READ MORE

 

What areas can be addressed with lower body lift?

Congratulations on your weight loss and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern and agree with your assessment. A body lift... READ MORE

 

With lower body lifts is 200 patients a lot of experience for a doctor or minimal experience?

Thanks for your question. We always would like to have somebody who has thousand procedures under their belt before touching us. However, some times... READ MORE

 

After a massive weight loss, what procedures do you recommend for skin removal at the same time?

Congratulations on your weight loss and thanks for sharing your question. The priorities among patients are different and that should guide the... READ MORE

 

I've lost roughly 95lbs. I have excess skin on my stomach, and skin lesions due to denitus suppurtiva. Will insurance pay?

Congratulations on your weight loss and thanks for sharing your question. The excess skin in the lower aspect of your abdomen could be cover by... READ MORE

 

I've been on this site a little over a month and I'm not sure what procedure would be right for me. (Photo)

I am sorry that you are having concerns about your body. Straight to your questions: a breast lift of reduction and an abdominoplasty should give... READ MORE

 

How can I fix my figure? (Photo)

I am sorry that you are having concerns about your body. To be objective, I must say that you have a figure that many patients will envy to have. Your... READ MORE

 

Which would you recommend; BodyLift or Abdominoplasty?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern and agree with your assessment. The decision is based on your expectations from the... READ MORE

 

Am I a good candidate for a total body lift?

Thanks for sharing your question. This is a very important topic for patients undergoing lengthy procedures such as a body lift. Several studies have... READ MORE

 

I'm having a lower body lift and breast aug. Should I wait or get the breast aug while I can?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. Everything related to surgery is relative. Although the combination is... READ MORE

 

Do I need an upper body lift? (photos)

Congratulations on you successful story loosing your weight.Back to the questions:Let's start by making sure that your surgeon is board certified and... READ MORE

 

Do you think my skin necrosis will heal ok or will I need skin grafting? (photos)

I am really sorry to hear about your experience with this procedure.The debridement was definitively a good first step towards your recovery.The wound... READ MORE

 

What is the difference between a belt lipectomy and a lower body lift?

Congratulations on your successful story. You should be very proud of yourself.Back to the question.Belt lipectomy is a circumferential reshaping of... READ MORE

 

Fat Transfer - Questions and Answers

How soon can I be seen in public after a fat transfer to tear troughs?

Thanks for sharing your question. Swelling usually is better after 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure. The bruising can be present for a similar... READ MORE

 

Lumps Still visible Almost 12 weeks after fat graft on eyes. Any suggestions? (photos)

Thanks for sharing your question. I’m sorry you are having concerns with your procedure. Although fat grafting has become very popular, the u... READ MORE

 

It's been 4 months post op fat transfer to hips and still look straight. Help!

Thanks for sharing your question. I’m sorry you are having concerns about your procedure. 3 months is the typical time for seeing the volume r... READ MORE

 

Fat grafts, will cold compress take swelling down?

Thanks for sharing your question. I’m sorry that you are having concerns about your procedure. Fat grafting to the lips usually has a lot of s... READ MORE

 

Is a calf injection or fat transfer covered through insurance? I have BCBS PPO

Thanks for sharing your question. If the fat transfer is related to a cosmetic enhancement, the insurance will never cover the procedure. If it is... READ MORE

 

How to preserve fat after fat grafting on face?

Thanks for sharing your question. The survival of fat transfers is related to the process of the fat during the transfer. If your fat transfer has... READ MORE

 

Cost of fat grafting for under eye hollows?

Thanks for sharing your question. The usual cost can vary between 3 to 5 k depending on how much surgical work need to be done to the area. In some... READ MORE

 

Can the fat from my belly be used for filling wrinkles on my face, fill cheek lips, browlines and penis girth? How much? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question and photos. I can appreciate your concern and agree with your assessment. The indication for fat transfer is... READ MORE

 

Can a 15 year old get fat transfer?

Thanks for sharing your question. Fat transfer is a safe procedure. Not much information has being published related to underage safety. It is a... READ MORE

 

Labiaplasty - Questions and Answers

Will hard scars after labiaplasty soften on their own?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The usual process of scar maturation takes 6... READ MORE

Did my labia heal fused together? (Photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The fusion could just be a temporary issue... READ MORE

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How long should I wait for my labiaplasty revision?

Thanks for sharing your question and photos. I can appreciate your concern. The usual time between procedures is 3 months to 6 months. However, the... READ MORE

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Embarrassed since I was 12 y.o. What will be done to make me look normal? Looking for answers. (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question and photos. I can appreciate your concern. The climax related to external genitalia is mostly attached to the... READ MORE

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I now have three labia. Any suggestions? (photos)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I am sorry you are having complications with your procedure. I can appreciate... READ MORE

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Is there anything I can do to heal labiaplasty faster? (Photo)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Your labia is very swollen and the tension... READ MORE

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I had my left side labia reduced 7 days ago and it's burning and stinging. Does this look infected ? (photos)

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern and agree with your assessment. Your labia is... READ MORE

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I am afraid I will keloid after my labiaplasty surgery. How can I avoid it?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. You are totally right on target with your comments. The skin and the mucosa heal... READ MORE

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Skin flap at vaginal opening? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question and photos. I can appreciate your concern. The structure that you are showing in your picture is the hymen. It is the... READ MORE

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I had labiaplasty 7 days ago and the right side seems open, swollen and slightly bleeding still. Is this normal? (Photo)

I am sorry that you are having concerns about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. It seems that the... READ MORE

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Trim labiaplasty not healing? (Photos)

I am sorry that you are having concerns about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Your photo... READ MORE

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Seems that wound is improving in past 48 hours; no bleeding, How long before wound closes completely? (Photo)

I am sorry that you are having concerns about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. You are doing an... READ MORE

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Urgent! Is this normal? (Photo)

I am sorry that you are having concerns about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. When doing your... READ MORE

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Is Peroxide Safe To Use Post Labiaplasty?

Congratulations on your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Peroxide is a good way to kill bacteria.... READ MORE

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Liposuction - Questions and Answers

How much would 80 pounds cost to remove in Liposuction surgery?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Please realize that a significant liposuction will have some restrictions. Many... READ MORE

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How Much Does Liposuction on Lower Belly Cost?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. The cost of lower abdomen liposuction depends on the amount of liposuction that... READ MORE

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Sono Bello Laser Liposuction Vs. Traditional Liposuction Which is Better/which Option is the Better Choice for Lower Body?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Sonobello laser liposuction or any other laser assisted liposuction is the addition... READ MORE

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Looking for a Pennsylvania or New York Doctor willing to do liposuction on patient who had TT in DR.

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. Liposuction is safe after a Tummy tuck one year after your procedure. This is... READ MORE

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I had a (DVT) blood clot 3 years ago in my calf from having a broken leg at the time. Is it too dangerous to have liposuction?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.DVT secondary to fractures may have a different implication for surgery when compared... READ MORE

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I am 3 months post op liposuction on my abdomen and still have indentations and firm areas, will these ever go away?

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern. most likely no.... READ MORE

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Does liposuction affect the distribution of fat if there is future weight loss or gain?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.Very interesting question. The answer is that liposuction will remove fat, and the... READ MORE

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Looking for best solution to get rid of belly pouch after 2 babies & 60 lbs weight loss. (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.You will be a good candidate for any of the above mentioned procedures. The selection... READ MORE

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I had hydrogel butt injections done. Can this affect me getting liposuction in my stomach and love handle area?

Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.As far as the lipo does not affect the injection areas you should be ok. the biggest... READ MORE

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