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Breast Augmentation


The goal of breast augmentation is to increase the fullness and projection of the breast such that it improves the balance in a woman’s figure.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation enlarges a woman’s breasts through the surgical placement of breast implants. It is a cosmetic procedure performed to fulfill personal expectations or restore the loss of breast volume after weight loss or pregnancy.

The two main types of implants used for breast augmentation are saline and silicone gel. Saline implants are made of smooth silicone shells filled with a sterile saline solution. Should saline implants rupture or leak, the saline is safely absorbed by the body. Silicone gel implants are also made of a smooth silicone shells, however, they are filled with a sterile silicone gel. Both types of implants have been approved by the FDA.

Implant placement, type, and size will be determined based on your breast anatomy, body type, and desired increase in size.

Following surgery, initial healing may include swelling and discomfort that can be controlled with medication. A support bra may be recommended postoperatively. A return to light, normal activities is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually a day or two after surgery. Often, you may return to work within 5-10 days.

Results of breast augmentation are immediately visible. Soon you will be comfortable and confident with your new body. Incision lines will continue to fade over time. However, you should be aware that your breasts may change over time with normal aging.


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Tummy Tuck


Many of us desire a stomach that we do not have to camouflage through loose clothing or a slumped posture. Aging, heredity, pregnancy, surgery, and weight fluctuations can significantly impact the appearance of your abdominal region. Even individuals committed to exercise and a balanced diet might experience a loose, weak, or protruding abdomen that their regimen cannot address. If you are ready for an abdomen that better aligns with your body weight and type, consider a tummy tuck to help you achieve your goals.

What is an Abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen to help you achieve the flat and toned stomach you desire. The procedure can correct one or more of the following conditions:

Localized fat
Loose skin and tissue
Weakened abdominal muscles

A tummy tuck can focus on the center of the abdomen or address the abdominal region between the ribs and hips, through the sides, and to the back. After surgery, a compression garment will be applied to decrease swelling. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess blood/fluid. The recovery period from a tummy tuck varies according to the degree of the procedure. Initial wound healing will take approximately 5-10 days. You may return to work and normal activities in a few weeks, so long as you do not engage in any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise. After the initial swelling subsides, you can expect a flatter abdomen that better supports your core and leaves you feeling confident in your body image.

We do not recommend a tummy tuck as a substitute for weight loss or exercise. We also do not recommend a tummy tuck for individuals planning significant future weight loss, or women planning any future pregnancies.


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Despite good health and an exercise regimen, some individuals still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. Liposuction can slim or reshape specific areas of the body by removing localized or regional excess fat deposits.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is the surgical removal of localized excess fatty tissue. Our surgeons perform tumescent liposuction which is injecting the area with a saline solution before removing the fat and UAL, or ultrasound assisted liposuction, which consists of liquefying the fat with energy from sound waves before suctioning the area. Liposuction can be performed on multiple areas at the same time or in combination with another procedure. Liposuction can be performed on:

* Face
* Chin
* Neck
* Breast/Chest
* Back
* Abdomen
* Hips/Buttocks
* Thighs
* Calves

After surgery, compression garments are used to decrease swelling. Initial healing will include swelling, numbness, soreness, bruising, and discomfort that can be controlled by medication. It may take several months for swelling to fully subside. Following surgery, you can expect new contours and an enhanced self-image.

Liposuction is not a substitute for proper diet or exercise. It is also not a treatment for obesity or an effective treatment for cellulite.


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Debra C. Bergman, M.D.
Carmel Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeons
Office Address:
12425 Old Meridian St.
Suite B1
Carmel, IN 46032
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