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Treat Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) with the INFINI

Treat Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) with the INFINI

 
shutterstock_93024112-300x231 Treat Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) with the INFINI | Northern VirginiaHyperhidrosis or excessive sweating refers to a tendency of abnormally high sweating, particularly in the axillary or underarm area. The degree of sweating in this condition is in excess of what is required to regulate the body temperature. Hyperhidrosis affects about three percent of Americans, which is more than 10 million people.
MBody is a leading practice offering plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, including advanced Infini treatment for hyperhidrosis. MBody provides Infini treatment to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and surrounding locations.
 

Infini for Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is typically managed with prescription topical medications, but they may not be very effective in the long run. Botox injections are also used to treat this condition, but repeat treatments may be required every six to nine months. Some surgical options are also available, but many patients are reluctant to choose surgery to treat hyperhidrosis.
Infini is a cutting edge, non-surgical solution for hyperhidrosis. The Infini procedure is designed to destroy the sweat glands in the affected area by using advanced radiofrequency (RF) technology. The treatment is fantastic, golden, and completely non-invasive. Most patients will not experience any notable discomfort or downtime.
 

Procedure

The Infini hyperhidrosis treatment begins with an application of the “Starch Iodine” test to the axilla in order to mark the specific areas of excessive sweating. Thereafter, the provider will apply a topical numbing cream for about 20 to 30 minutes. The provider will then expose the affected area to Infini. The RF energy delivered through the device will cause heating and coagulation at the ends of its insulated needles.
An expert will be able to perform the treatment at the right level in order to destroy the sweat glands in the targeted area. Multiple passes will be performed at varying levels in order to achieve more comprehensive outcomes. To treat both underarms, the provider will take about 15 minutes in all with Infini. No downtime is involved in this procedure. Results will start appearing in about one week, and will be permanent because the destroyed glands do not have the ability to regenerate.
In about one month, the provider will perform a repeat procedure to ensure any remaining sweat glands are also repeated. The patient will not need any pain meds during or after the procedure. The provider may use a skin cooling technique along with topical anesthetic to ensure complete patient comfort.
 

Results

In a single treatment session, a patient can expect to achieve about 50 to 75 percent improvement in their sweat condition. While many patients are satisfied with just one treatment, some may choose to undergo two to three treatments for more comprehensive outcomes. Another advantage with Infini over some other hyperhidrosis procedures is that Infini does not cause any hair loss, which is a beneficial aspect for male patients in particular.
Board certified plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and nearby areas for Infini hyperhidrosis treatment.
 
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

COMING SOON: Silhouette InstaLift – The New Non-Surgical Facelift That Can Change Your Face in Less Than an Hour

fdhfhf-300x300 COMING SOON: Silhouette InstaLift - The New Non-Surgical Facelift That Can Change Your Face in Less Than an Hour | Northern VirginiaFacelift plastic surgery procedure can dramatically improve your facial appearance to make a person look younger. However, not every patient may want to undergo an elective surgical procedure for cosmetic enhancement. These patients can now achieve facial rejuvenation with a unique, non-surgical procedure called Silhouette InstaLift.
MBody, led by board certified plastic surgeons, provides cutting edge cosmetic procedures to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and surrounding locations.
 

FDA Cleared Procedure

A facelift with Silhouette InstaLift technique does not involve any plastic surgery whatsoever. The treatment provider will insert threads of biodegradable cones into the targeted areas of the face to temporarily lift sagging skin. While Silhouette InstaLift has been a widely popular procedure in Europe, it has now received FDA clearance in the US.
 

How does it Work?

The treatment provider will perform an Instalift procedure by inserting an absorbable thread with cones on it into the selected facial areas. The thread is made from polylactic acid, which gets entirely absorbed by the body. The cones on the thread are bidirectional, which means the provider can point the cones one way, toward the bottom, when they put the first needle through. When the other needle is put in, the cones will point in the opposite direction or above the first ones.
With this approach the tissue above the cones is used as an anchor, which then advances the tissue below it toward it. This allows the skin to be lifted. The cones are orientated, which enables the squeezing of the tissue together. Thereafter, as the thread and cones are processed by the body, scar tissue formation occurs around it, and then the tissue is suspended in that position.
 

Distinguishing Feature

Unlike traditional contour thread procedures, the surface area in the InstaLift procedure that engages the tissue is significantly larger than just the contour sutures. Unlike permanent contour threads, the sutures in InstaLift are made from lactic acid, which allows their processing and absorption by the body. As the sutures dissolve, the body produces fresh collagen because the lactic acid will stimulate new collagen generation.
Therefore, in addition to the initial lift, the InstaLift will also volumize the face, which may be getting depleted due to aging. The entire procedure can be completed in about 45 minutes. MBody plastic surgeons receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and nearby areas for some of the latest, innovative aesthetic procedures.
 

Benefits 

The procedure is completely non-surgical and avoids all the potential risks and complications that are typically associated with a traditional facelift surgery. Following the procedure, only minor swelling may occur in the treated areas, which can be covered with makeup in about 24 hours.
InstaLift is not deeply invasive because the sutures are placed right below the skin in the subcutaneous tissue. Furthermore, the sutures are entirely absorbable. Results can last for as long as 18 months. Hundreds of thousands of InstaLift procedures have been performed successfully in Europe, which makes it a stellar, proven, and illustrious treatment. We do not want to copy everything the Europeans do, but InstaLift is certainly one of them.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

Preparing for Tummy Tuck Surgery

shutterstock_116440276-300x200 Preparing for Tummy Tuck Surgery | Northern VirginiaTummy tuck is a major plastic surgery procedure requiring carefully planning and preparation. Adequate preparation will go a long way in ensuring a successful outcome and high patient satisfaction levels. Preparation should also cover the steps that the patient will be required to take during post-operative recovery.
Board certified plastic surgeons at MBody provide tummy tuck surgery to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and surrounding locations.
 

Healthy Diet

Eating a well-balanced and healthy diet is an important part of the preparation for tummy tuck plastic surgery. Firstly, strong nutrition will bolster the body’s immune system and mitigate the risk of infections and other complications. The diet should be rich in lean proteins because proteins will support healing after the surgery. Patient should eat more of fish, chicken, eggs, light cheese, and yogurt to increase protein intake.
While most vitamins will boost the patient’s health, high doses of vitamin E must be avoided before and after tummy tuck surgery because it can increase the risk of complications. Following a balanced diet will have another long-term benefit for the patient. It will instill the habit of healthy eating, and help to maintain the results of tummy tuck surgery for many years to come.
Patients who maintain a good diet well before the surgery will usually have moderate and stable body weight, which is ideal for tummy tuck. However, crash diets and other extreme measures to lose weight should be avoided.
 

Fitness and Exercise

In the weeks preceding the tummy tuck surgery, the patient should follow a regular exercise regimen. It will help to achieve a faster metabolism and enhance the muscle mass. Such patients will typically have an easier and quicker recovery. Secondly, fitness and exercise will help to attain a leaner and more efficiently functioning body.
Such patients will be able to avoid natural weight gain in the weeks following the surgery when the patient is required to avoid vigorous activities. As with good diet, a regular exercise routine also established healthy habits, which will contribute to the long-term maintenance of tummy tuck results.
Leading plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and nearby areas for tummy tuck surgery.
 

Smoking and Medications

Smoking causes constriction of the blood vessels and reduces oxygen flow in the body. Therefore, smokers have a slower recovery and a higher risk of complications during tummy tuck surgery. The surgeon will require the patient to quit smoking at least two to four weeks prior to tummy tuck.
Certain medications, nutrition supplements and vitamins can increase the risk of clotting and other complications. During the consultation, the patient should inform the surgeon about all medications that they may be taking or were taking in the recent past.
For the post-operative recovery period, the patient can prepare in advance by arranging for a ride home from their surgery, assembling supplies at home, and having someone to help for the first 48 hours after surgery.
 
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

Your Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery Consultation

shutterstock_87614344-300x247 Your Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery Consultation | Northern VirginiaOnce a patient has decided to go ahead with tummy tuck plastic surgery, they will have a detailed, personalized consultation with the surgeon. Some surgeons may schedule the first appointment several weeks ahead of the procedure, while others may want the consultation and the surgery to follow in close succession.
Board certified plastic surgeons at MBody provide tummy tuck and various other procedures to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and surrounding locations.
 

Health Evaluation

One of the key components of the consultation process is assessing the general health of the patient in order to determine that they are fit to undergo tummy tuck plastic surgery. The surgeon will review the patient’s medical history and perform a medical exam.
The patient should be forthcoming about their medical history as well as current medications that they may be taking. If the patient is a smoker, they will be required to stop smoking at least two to four weeks prior to the surgery. The surgeon will also assess the patient’s skin type, thickness and elasticity as well as muscle laxity in order to plan the tummy tuck appropriately.
 

Discussing the Aesthetic Goals

Every patient will have a unique set of cosmetic goals and aspirations. The plastic surgeon should be aware of these goals in order to incorporate them in the tummy tuck surgery plan. The type of surgical technique, the degree of correction, and the placement of incisions are decisions that can be made more effectively when the surgeon takes into account the patient’s unique aesthetic requirements.
When the procedure is performed in a customized manner, optimal results can be obtained in a less invasive way and patient satisfaction levels will be higher. MBody receives patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and nearby areas for tummy tuck.
 

Patient Inputs

The patient should be careful about letting the surgeon know about all relevant information correctly that may impact the final outcome of the surgery. They should be prepared to discuss:

  • Personal cosmetic needs and goals
  • Past and present medical conditions, ongoing treatments, and drug allergies
  • Current medications, herbal supplements, vitamins, and use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Previous surgeries, if any

 

Surgeon’s Tasks

  • Evaluation of the patient’s overall health status, pre-existing medical conditions, and risk factors
  • Taking pre-operative photographs
  • Discussing all the treatment options and estimated costs
  • Informing about non-surgical alternatives, if any
  • Recommending the optimal course of treatment
  • Explaining the likely results of tummy tuck
  • Outlining the potential risks and complications
  • Discussing the recovery aspect
  • Addressing the patient’s questions, doubts, and concerns

The patient should ideally prepare a checklist of questions that they want to ask during the tummy tuck surgery consultation. An experienced surgeon will address all questions to the patient’s satisfaction, relieve their anxiety, and help them make a well-considered decision about going ahead with a tummy tuck procedure.
 
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

Reduce Under Eye Bags and Dark Circles with PRP Therapy Combined with Fillers

Under Eye Bag and Dark Circle Treatment

closed-eyes Reduce Under Eye Bags and Dark Circles with PRP Therapy Combined with Fillers | Northern VirginiaDark circles below the eyes are, in fact, shadows created by deep tear troughs. The tear trough creates a divide between the lower eyelid and the cheek, which makes the eyes appear aged particularly if the tear trough is deep. Dark circles and under eye bags can be aesthetically treated without involvement of plastic surgery.
PRP injections and FDA approved Restylane dermal filler are two safe and effective non-surgical treatments to reduce under eye bags and dark circles. Board certified plastic surgeons at MBody provide these procedures to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and surrounding locations.

PRP Therapy for Under Eye Rejuvenation

PRP or plasma rich platelets are separated from the patient’s own blood through a unique centrifugal process. The PRP contains natural growth factors to trigger the body’s healing process. In recent years, PRP therapy has been used successful to reverse the signs of facial aging, including under eye bags and dark circles. Patients who do not want to undergo plastic surgery are benefitting from PRP based facial anti-aging treatments.
PRP growth factors will promote the production of fresh collagen in the skin and generate new capillaries. At the same time, they will support cellular renewal in the areas where PRP injections are placed. The procedure is minimally invasive and safe for sensitive areas such as around the eyes because it involves body’s own components.
If the eye bags are significantly large or prominent, or dark circles are highly visible with conspicuous discoloration, the patient may need two to four PRP injections or even more in a few cases. The treatment may be combined with Restylane dermal fillers to fill the hollows in the tear trough area for more uniform looking and comprehensive outcomes.

Restylane Dermal Filler

Restylane is the most reliable and time tested facial filler injection, which is considered ideally suited for under-eye rejuvenation. Restylane gel is based on hylauronic acid, which is a biocompatible substance requiring no allergy tests. Therefore, for the sensitive skin below the lower eyelids, Restylane can be used as a safe and predictable treatment.
Patients who are bothered by the appearance of dark circles due to depressions below the eyes or those who have bulging fat pockets in the lower eyelids can benefit the most from Restylane injectable tear trough treatment. Restylane is ideal for under-eye rejuvenation because its gel has the right consistency that supports natural rejuvenation in the tear trough.
Restylane also provides longer and more sustainable results in the under eye area. Patients should note that all hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers may not be appropriate for the delicate under eye area. Some of them may cause a hydrophilic plumping effect if used below the eyes. Such puffy appearance may persist for months, and may also have other undesirable side effects.
Mbody plastic surgeons provide a combination of PRP and Restylane injections to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and nearby areas.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Risks and Safety Information

Abdominal-Aortic-Aneurysm-300x300 Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Risks and Safety Information | Northern VirginiaJust like any plastic surgery procedure, tummy tuck or abdominoplasty involves certain risks. The patient should be aware of the risks in order to make an informed decision. When the procedure is performed by a skilled surgeon under the best safety protocols, the risks are dramatically reduced.
Board certified plastic surgeons at MBody provide tummy tuck to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and surrounding locations.
 

Common Risks

Risks that are commonly associated with tummy tuck plastic surgery procedure include the following:
 
Anesthesia Reaction
If the procedure is performed using general anesthesia, the risk is slightly greater than in the case of local anesthesia. In exceptional cases, general anesthesia may cause an unexpected reaction in a patient. An experienced anesthesiologist will be able to identify an emerging problem before it worsens, and mitigate the risk.
 
Blood Clotting
In rare situations, a blood clot may form inside a blood vessel as fallout of tummy tuck surgery, and may complicate the blood circulation. The risk of clotting can be minimized when the patient follows the surgeon’s pre- and post-operative instructions carefully. Mild post-op exercises and wearing of compression garments can also improve blood flow and reduce the risk of clotting.
 
Infection
The infection risks are higher during and immediately following the tummy tuck surgery. The surgical room should be sterile in order to reduce the risk of contracting an infection. Following the surgery, proper care of the surgical wound must be taken. Surgeon’s instructions regarding exposing the wound to water and removing or changing bandages should be followed diligently.
 
Seroma Formation
The surgeon will usually place drains underneath the skin following tummy tuck surgery. This will help to ensure that fluid collection between the skin flap and the muscle layer or seroma formation is minimized. The patient will have to measure the drained fluid every day and maintain a log before discarding it. The drains may be removed in about one week after a tummy tuck.
 
Slow Wound Healing
Bruising, swelling, and tenderness in the treated areas will usually subside in about four to six weeks after tummy tuck. But if the patient continues to show signs of discomfort beyond this point, it will be called slow healing. In rare cases, skin loss may occur due to irregular healing. Such patients may suffer from more scarring.
Experienced plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and nearby areas for tummy tuck.
 

Temporary Side Effects

Mild side effects can occur after tummy tuck surgery, but these are not considered complications. These side effects will typically disappear in a few days. Swelling is a common side effect of tummy tuck, which can be improved with a compression garment or abdominal binder.
Post-operative pain can be managed with pain medications for the first few days as prescribed by the surgeon. Apart from pain and swelling, patients commonly experience bruising in the abdominal area. This will normally subside in about two weeks.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

CoolSculpting's CoolAdvantage Applicator Reduces Treatment Time Nearly in Half

Reduce CoolSculpting Treatment Time Nearly in Half

The FDA cleared CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is a popular non-invasive treatment option for people who want to avoid liposuction plastic surgery. Now Zeltiq, the maker of CoolSculpting has introduced an innovative 3-in-1 CoolAdvantage applicator that is uniquely designed to cut down treatment time nearly in half.
MBody, led by board certified plastic surgeons, provides CoolSculpting and various other cosmetic procedures to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and surrounding locations.
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Improved Design

The CoolAdvantage family of applicators delivers the advanced CoolSculpting cooling process at a lower temperature, reducing treatment time nearly in half. The innovative applicator features an adaptable 3-in-1 configuration and enhanced cup design. CoolAdvantage enables greater direct tissue contact due to the improved shape of the applicator cup.
Combined with a lowered temperature, the applicator is able to deliver safe and effective outcomes in just 35 minutes. This means the CoolSculpting treatment time is now shortened by nearly 50 percent.

Increased Patient Comfort

A clinical study has shown that the new applicator cup shape led to a 45 percent increase in patient comfort during the treatment, making it even more tolerable than before. More than 85 percent of the participants in the study preferred the CoolAdvantage procedure because of reduced treatment time and increased comfort.
The Principal Investigator of the clinical study, Suzanne Kilmer, said: “I am proud to have contributed to Zeltiq’s collection of clinical data, most recently with the CoolAdvantage applicator clinical study. The CoolSculpting procedure has stood the test of time with more than 10 years of safety and efficacy data, over 60 published clinical publications and millions of treatments performed worldwide.”

Interchangeable Contours

CoolAdvantage comes with three interchangeable contours, creating three distinct applicators to address multiple treatment areas as follows:

  • CoolFit Advantage: Ideal for vertical areas of fat such as the inner thigh
  • CoolCore Advantage: Best matches the contours of the abdomen
  • CoolCurve+ Advantage: Is the applicator of choice for flanks

MBody offers plastic surgery as well as non-invasive procedures to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and nearby areas.

CoolSculpting Benefits

According to Zeltiq President and CEO Mark Foley, the launch of CoolAdvantage means that CoolSculpting patients will be able to achieve better outcomes than ever before based on shorter treatment duration and improved comfort. Multiple treatment opportunities are now possible with a single applicator.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment of unsightly fat bulges in the thighs, abdomen, flanks, and below the chin. The procedure is designed to produce noticeable and measurable reduction of fat in the treated areas and the treated cells fat are eliminated permanently in a virtually painless manner.
Results will become visible in about three weeks after the treatment for most patients. Most dramatic outcomes can be seen over a period of one to three months. Additional treatments in the same or multiple areas can be received to enhance the desired aesthetic effect.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure Steps

iStock_000015764487Large-300x224 Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure Steps | Northern VirginiaTummy tuck plastic surgery procedure will involve several steps. The steps may vary to some extent according to the type of surgical technique chosen and the degree of correction to be performed. Board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin provide tummy tuck to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and surrounding locations.
 

Incision Placement

Following anesthesia, the surgeon will begin the tummy tuck plastic surgery procedure by placing incisions in discreet locations. The number and length of the incisions can vary according to the specific technique used. Different tummy tuck approaches may be used to treat different types of cosmetic issues.
A partial abdominoplasty, for instance, may only involve a single, small incision made beneath the navel. On the other hand, circumferential tummy tuck surgery will require an incision around the entire waist line, including the back.
 

Sculpting of the Navel

In many cases, the tummy tuck procedure will involve repositioning of the navel. This is essential to make the tightened abdomen appear more natural. The original navel will be detached and placed in a more appropriate location, or instead of the reattaching the old navel, a new navel may be artificially sculpted. Only an experienced plastic surgeon should perform this artistic surgical procedure of navel sculpting.
 

Muscle Tightening

Abdominal muscles may become lax due to aging. The surgeon can tighten the underlying sagging abdominal muscles during the tummy tuck procedure. The abdominal skin will be separated from the abdominal walls through the incisions. The surgeon will then pull the abdominal muscles closer together and stitch them into a position to provide them a more toned appearance. The waistline can appear narrower with abdominal muscle tightening.
 

Removal of Excess Skin

Once the abdominal muscles have been tightened, the surgeon will stretch the skin downward to make it smooth and tight. Excess skin will be trimmed away at this point. Liposuction may sometimes be used to remove excess fat tissue before the skin is pulled taut. Dr. Sundin receives patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and nearby areas for tummy tuck surgery.
 

Stretch Mark Reduction

While tummy tuck surgery is not specifically designed to remove stretch marks, it is often possible to improve their appearance, depending on the incision location. Stretch marks located beneath the navel can usually be removed along with the excess skin. Even the remaining stretch marks can sometimes appear less pronounced following tummy tuck surgery.
 

Closing the Incisions

Once the tummy tuck procedure is completed, the surgeon will suture the skin together with surgical stitches. This will enable wound closure naturally over time. At this point, a surgical drain is usually inserted at the incision site to collect excess fluid and expedite the healing process. The surgical drain may be removed around the same time as the stitches removal after the tummy tuck surgery, or a few days prior to that.
 
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

How to Choose the Best Plastic Surgeon in Richmond, VA

c7e5d1f4-cec3-4dcb-aa04-fc9f00c84d01-300x220 How to Choose the Best Plastic Surgeon in Richmond, VA | Northern VirginiaOnce a person has decided to undergo a plastic surgery procedure, one of the most important decisions they will have to make is to choose the right surgeon for their needs. It is important to remain objective while making this decision, and consider all the relevant factors that will influence the final outcome of the surgical procedure.
MBody, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin, provides state of the art aesthetic procedures for both women and men. Patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive cosmetic procedures at MBody.
 

Surgeon’s Credentials

Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin both received their board certification in plastic surgery from the prestigious American Board of Plastic Surgery. In addition to extensive training in all forms of plastic surgery, Dr. Burton Sundin also completed two advanced fellowships in hand surgery and cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Reps Sundin completed an advanced Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship from the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in association with the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University Medical Center.
 

Why Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon?

Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin distinguish themselves from many other surgeons because of their board certification from the country’s premier American Board of Plastic Surgery. It serves as a reassurance for a patient that a board certified plastic surgeon would have undergone a minimum of three to five years of medical training, out of which at least two years would be exclusively devoted to plastic surgery training.
Furthermore, the surgeon would have to undergo ongoing training and take new exams every 10 years in order to maintain the board certified status. With such a rigorous certification process, the surgeon remains abreast with the latest surgical techniques, technology, and safety protocols. The surgeon’s participation in medical conferences, research and scientific presentations also demonstrate their reputation in the medical community.
 

Hospital Privileges

If the surgeon enjoys staff privileges at one or more local hospitals, it is an added benefit for the patient. In the unlikely event of an emergency situation, the patient will have immediate access to hospital facilities. Hospital privileges are granted to surgeons after a thorough background check and evaluation of their credentials. This further indicates the quality of credentials of a plastic surgeon.
Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and nearby areas for various surgical and non-surgical procedures.
 

Patient Testimonials

For a new patient, one of the most useful insights about the plastic surgeon and their practice would be the testimonials of past and existing patients. The surgeon should be able to provide such testimonials on request, or the testimonials may be made available at their official website. Surgeons who have an impeccable track record of performance and create a personal rapport with the patient will usually enjoy positive patient testimonials and comments.
 
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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