Body Sculpting or Liposuction
This procedure removes excess fatty tissue from specific parts of the body using a vacuum device. Many people have fat deposits that do not respond to exercise or diet. This procedure can sculpt the fat of the neck, hips, buttocks, thighs or protruding abdomen.
This new technology uses ultrasound energy to dissolve fat deposits prior to removal. This allows for more precise body contouring with smaller suction probes and can result in smoother contours and better skin retraction.
- Breast reduction decreases the size of large and heavy breasts. The breasts are lifted after the excess tissue is removed. This is often performed to relieve patient discomfort and may be covered by medical insurance.
- Breast augmentation enlarges small, underdeveloped breasts or breasts that have decreased in size after childbearing.
- Mastopexy, or breast uplifting, changes the shape and appearance of the breasts to give a more youthful appearance.
Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is indicated when the abdominal muscles have lost their tone. This is a common problem after pregnancy. The procedure may be performed through a traditional approach or by utilizing an endoscopic technique, which minimizes incisions.
Laserbrasion or Laser Skin Resurfacing
A laser can be used to decrease skin wrinkles and imperfections of the upper layers of skin. Reorganization of the deeper skin layers produces a smoother skin texture with less wrinkling. Other methods of skin resurfacing include chemical peeling and dermabrasion.
Facelift or Rhytidectomy
The facelift operation tightens sagging skin and muscle folds of the face and neck that result from aging. The deeper muscle and fatty tissues as well as facial and neck skin are elevated and secured in a more normal anatomic position. This results in a refreshed, improved appearance.
Utilizing endoscopes and specially designed instruments, these techniques allow procedures to be performed with minimal scars and decreased postoperative discomfort. Some areas that these techniques can be applied include the forehead and brows, the mid-face and breast augmentation.
This surgery reshapes cartilage and bone of the nose to improve its appearance, bringing the nose into harmony and balance with the rest of the face. A septorhinoplasty is performed on patients with deformities of the internal nose or septum, which can impair breathing. This procedure may be covered by medical insurance.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Eyelid surgery is performed to remove fat bags and excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids. Baggy or droopy eyelids caused by age, sun exposure or allergies give a tired look and may reduce the field of vision. In some cases, baggy eyelids are hereditary. Blepharoplasty restores a rested, youthful appearance.
The forehead lift elevates the brows to a more natural position, reducing upper eyelid drooping. It also minimizes forehead lines and wrinkles, resulting in a softer, more rested appearance. This procedure may be performed through a traditional surgical approach or by utilizing an endoscopic technique that minimizes scars.
Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
This procedure is designed to reduce or "pin back" prominent ears by reshaping the cartilaginous structure.
Mentoplasty (Cheek and Chin Implants)
A weak or receding chin can be augmented or a prominent chin can be reduced. This procedure may be performed at the same time as other procedures, such as rhinoplasty or rhytidectomy, to help create aesthetic harmony and improve facial balance.
Reconstructive Breast Surgery
There are many techniques available to reconstruct a new breast following mastectomy. Tissues destroyed by cancer cells may be replaced by transferring new tissue to the area, otherwise known as a skin graft, or muscle tissue flaps may be relocated to reconstruct a particular body part. New techniques in microsurgery also allow for advances in breast reconstruction. Women may opt for silicone or saline implants, or for a procedure known as a TRAM flap. In this procedure, fatty tissue and skin from the abdomen is used to create a new breast while simultaneously tightening the abdomen. The breast team at Ochsner includes the plastic surgeon from the initial diagnosis of breast cancer so that care may be coordinated to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient.
Reconstructive Trauma Surgery
Ochsner is a Level I Trauma Center offering the highest designation available for acute care of critically ill patients. We are equipped to handle a full range of trauma cases including soft tissue injuries and reconstructive surgery. We take an inter-disciplinary approach to patient care, involving many physicians and surgeons working together in one location. Specialists are also available to treat injuries of the eyes, mouth, head, neck and extremities, in addition to providing the latest techniques in plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery and facial reconstruction services.
Ochsner Craniofacial Team
The Ochsner Craniofacial Team is dedicated to the treatment of congenital anomalies including cleft lip, cleft palate, craniosynostosis, hemangiomas and syndromes such as hemifacial microsonin, Apert and Goldenhar's. The team specializes in all forms of pediatric plastic surgery and all members are fully trained, licensed and board-certified in their respective fields. Photos courtesy of H. Graham III, MD, FACS.