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We are in the midst of an unparalleled epidemic of obesity in this country. This is related to a combination of a general overindulgence in food, excessive consumption of foods high in fat and calories, and a more sedentary life style. Many of these people have realized that, for a variety of reasons, this excess weight needed to be shed. Through arduous dieting, exercise often in conjunction with bariatric surgery such as lap banding or gastric bypass they have lost tremendous amounts of weight, often far exceeding 100 pounds.

Success, finally! Celebration? Maybe not quite yet. Despite the massive weight loss that was so difficult to achieve, what many people didn’t anticipate was the permanent consequences on their bodies of first gaining then losing this sizable poundage. The figure that they envisioned following all this effort is not what they are seeing in the mirror. Instead of being slimmed down, contoured and generally smaller, most are left with unsightly deformities consisting of an excess of lax, irregularly contoured stretched skin that frequently cascades in rolls creating hygienic issues and an aesthetic nightmare.

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Which areas are affected? From the face on down, the sequelae from massive weight loss may be seen. There is considerable variability among individuals as to the severity and areas that are most affected. Common areas include the abdomen, buttocks, circumferential trunk, inner and outer thighs, breasts, arms and even face and neck.

Fortunately, cosmetic procedures have been designed and refined that can address essentially any and all deformities related to post massive weight loss deformities. Examples of these procedures include abdominoplasties, thigh lifts, belt lipectomies, breast lifts, breast augmentations, arm lifts, face lifts and back lifts. A strategy for body contouring can be uniquely tailored for your individual needs based on your deformities and goals which could be determined at the time of  consultation.

If you would like to obtain additional information on body contouring surgery such as for a tummy tuck, belt lipectomy, breast lift (mastopexy), breast augmentation, arm lift and face lift, you can contact my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

For more information, please read our blog – Coronavirus and You: Important Information

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