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Plastic Surgery
Body and Extremity Cosmetic Surgery

The Division of Plastic Surgery provides the latest, most effective and safest treatment for body and extremity cosmetic surgery. We believe that the optimal care of the cosmetic surgery patient entails offering a variety of individually tailored procedures to match a patient’s anatomy, desires and lifestyle. The Plastic Surgeons at Penn not only perform cosmetic body contouring surgery in a safe and effective manner, but are asked to teach other physicians these procedures. In addition, we are actively developing and researching new techniques for breast augmentation, liposuction and fat metabolism.

bodyLiposuction
Liposuction, the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure, is surgery to remove localized collections of fatty tissue. The usual areas of the body for liposuction are the legs, buttocks, abdomen, back, arms, face and neck.. The best candidates for liposuction have localized extra fat in specific areas and possess good skin tone. Liposuction is an effective body contouring technique, but is not a treatment for weight loss or obesity.

New advances in liposuction include the tumescent technique, superficial liposculpting and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty. The Plastic Surgeon may utilize one technique or a combination of techniques depending on the patient’s specific needs. Liposuction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure.

Abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a ‘tummy tuck,’ is an appropriate operation for men and women who have weak abdominal muscles, excess skin or the combination of concentrated fat and skin in the abdominal region. It is particularly effective for removing lower abdominal stretch marks. There are a variety of procedures, ranging from standard abdominoplasty to mini-incision abdominoplasty, depending on the individual patient’s anatomy. Often formal abdominoplasty is combined with liposuction to achieve the best results. Depending on the procedure, the patient may have surgery in an outpatient setting or may have an overnight hospital stay.

Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is typically performed to enlarge small breasts, underdeveloped breasts or breasts that have decreased in size after a woman has had children. It is typically accomplished by inserting an implant behind the muscle that lies between the breast and the chest wall. Breast augmentation is performed with standard incisions around the aerola or in the crease beneath the breast.  Endoscopic augmentation utilizes a small incision in the armpit to avoid any incisions on or within the breast. The choice among a variety of implants depends on the patient’s anatomy and personal desires.
(For more information on Breast Augmentions)

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
The breast lift raises and tightens the sagging breast. Candidates for mastopexy are those with loose skin or women who have lost volume and tone after children. Usually, the nipple and areola are elevated to a new position through a variety of incisions determined by the individual patient’s anatomy. Under some circumstances, patients may have implants and breast lifts performed simultaneously. Mastopexy scars are permanent, but over time fade to some extent.

Inpatient Facilities:
Hospital University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH)
 
Office Visit Locations:
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Center for Human Appearance, Suite 1-150E (HUP)
230 W. Washington Square (PAH)
 
Making an Office Visit Appointment:
1-800-789-PENN
 
Dr. Scott Bartlett
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Dr. Albert D'Angelantonio
Dr. D'Angelantonio
 
Dr. Joshua Fosnot
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Dr. David Low
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Dr. Joseph Serletti
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