body contouring

Body Contouring


When diet and exercise fail to rid you of unwanted fat deposits on your body, liposuction may be the answer. Fitting for people who have localized fat pockets that don’t change with diet and exercise, or those who have disproportionate areas of their body, liposuction is a safe, simple procedure that rids your body of problem areas.

Liposuction begins with a small, inconspicuous incision into which a solution of saline, adrenaline, and anesthetic is injected. This solution reduces bleeding, ensures patient comfort, and maximizes results. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is then moved back and forth to loosen the fat cells that are then sucked out of the body with a surgical vacuum. The entire procedure is performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia to ensure your comfort and you will be able to return home after liposuction is completed.

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Tummy Tuck

No matter how much you exercise or how clean your diet is, you will never loose the excess skin around your waist. Whether you have experienced significant weight loss, had a baby, or simply noticed the signs of aging, a tummy tuck will give you the flat, firm tummy you are looking for.

To perform a tummy tuck, Dr. Vela surgically removes excess skin and tightens weakened abdominal muscles in order to give your tummy the firmest, flattest results possible. A tummy tuck takes between two and five hours depending on the type of procedure performed and is done under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Working with board-certified anesthesiologists, Dr. Vela ensures your safety throughout the surgery. Total recovery from tummy tuck surgery usually lasts between four and six weeks with patients returning to work in as little as one to two weeks. Patients are then left with a firmer, flatter tummy they can be proud of!

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Mommy Makeover

While your bundle of joy has brought you inexplicable happiness, they may have also ravaged your body. Stubborn pockets of fat, sagging breasts and a flabby tummy with excess, stretched-out skin can be frustrating for women who spend hours in the gym never seeing the results they are looking for. Reclaim your body and look great again with a Mommy Makeover.

A Mommy Makeover is generally completed in one surgery. Using the latest surgical techniques and board-certified anesthesiologists, Dr. Vela is able to reposition your breasts, giving them renewed firmness and symmetry, flatten your tummy with tighter abdominal muscles, remove localized fat deposits, and contour your body. Your clothes will fit better, you will look better and, most importantly, you will feel better about your body.

Body Lift

Imagine being able to lift your entire lower body to your ideal shape. Diet and exercise alone cannot restore the sagging skin and stubborn fat deposits left behind after weight loss or pregnancy nor can it restore your thighs, buttocks, abdomen, flank, and back to the way it was in your youth. Fortunately, a body lift safely removes excess skin and unwanted fat, reconstructs the skin in your lower body leaving you with a tighter, more toned look.

Performed under general anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Vela will use state-of-the-art surgical procedures to remove your unwanted and excess skin and fat. While you will return home the same day as your surgery, fitted with a compression garment to expedite the healing process, you will be limited to bed rest for several days after surgery and limited activity for several weeks. Most patients return to work in three to four weeks, happier and more confident than ever in their new, youthful appearance.

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Post Weight Loss

You’ve done the work, now Dr. Vela can do the rest. Excess skin is an unfortunate byproduct of dramatic weight loss leaving you looking heavier than you are. Whether you are experiencing extra skin around your waist, a sagging neck and jowls, extra skin in your upper arms or thighs, or sagging, deflated breasts, post weight loss surgery can address every problem area leaving you with the body you deserve. Don’t let excess skin and stubborn fat deposits left behind from your hard work limit your ability to enjoy your new body. Contact Dr. Vela for more information about your post-weight loss surgical options.

Arm Lift

With age, genetics, weight loss, or simple gravity comes sagging of the upper arms. Drooping skin happens due to stretching of the anchoring system of the arm and the loss of supporting fat tissue. This “loose hammock” appearance can be left behind no matter how many dips, push-ups or pull-ups you do at the gym. Performed under general anesthesia by a board-certified anesthesiologists, Dr. Vela makes an inconspicuous incision in your underarm and removes excess skin and unwanted fat deposits. In two hours of surgery, you are left with beautiful, toned-looking upper arms. Recovery time ranges from four to six weeks with most patients back to work in a week with sleeker, beautiful upper arms to show for it.

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One of the most popular non-surgical fat loss procedures in the country, CoolSculpting does not rely on a scalpel and cannula to remove unwanted fat deposits from your body. Instead, fat cells are targeted and frozen then eliminated by the body leaving you with a slimmer, more contoured appearance. While results can be seen in as little as three weeks after treatment, the most dramatic results can be seen one to three months after the procedure. Imagine, no downtime, no incisions, and no anesthesia. In an hour-long procedure, you could have the finishing touches put on the body you have worked hard to create.

Laser Treatments

Dr. Vela offers the latest in laser treatments including:

  • Vascular Therapy – Unsightly veins on your legs? Vascular laser therapy can remove the small, spidery blue or purple clusters on your thighs, calves, and ankles. Feel confident in shorts, miniskirts, or bathing suits again without the recovery time of surgery.
  • Laser Hair Removal – Never shave, pluck, tweeze or wax again with laser hair removal. Using a controlled beam of energy, each individual hair follicle is destroyed leaving you with smooth, hair-free skin in as little as five treatments.
  • Tattoo Removal – Regret that tattoo? Using photo-acoustic energy to shatter the ink particles, our lasers leave you with better results and smoother skin in as few as six sessions.