Dr. R. Thomas Noel, M.D.

plastic surgeon

Body Contouring Plastic Surgery

Abdominoplasty and liposuction can dramatically improve body contour in one surgery.

Plastic surgery to improve one’s body can take the form of abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to address issues with the skin, fat and muscle of the abdomen and liposuction to address specific areas of concern such as inner and outer thighs, abdomen, lovehandles, and upper arms.


Liposuction can effectively spot reduce areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. The results can be dependent on not only the quality of the overlying skin, but also on the skin’s degree of elasticity which can decrease with age. In patients who, through weight loss, pregnancy, or aging, have loose or excess skin and fat, direct removal might be recommended.

Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can address the skin, fat and muscle of the abdomen with direct removal and repair. Dr. Noel performs several types of abdominoplasty based on the needs and desires of the patients. This can range from the mini-tummy tuck which usually involves shorter scars and quicker recovery, to a full abdominoplasty and liposuction that removes significant skin and fat and possibly repair of stretched and loose tissues of the abdominal wall. A variant of abdominoplasty is a panniculectomy which only addresses the skin and fat of the abdomen which overhangs the lower abdomen and is appropriate in some situations.

Other Procedures

Thigh lift, buttock lift, and trunk lift are less common but useful procedures for some patients. After consultation, Dr. Noel can make recommendations about the best way to address your specific concerns in a safe and effective manner.

Optimizing Plastic Surgery

Attention to detail before, during and after surgery provides the best chance of success.

Dr. Noel will meet with you prior to your surgery date to answer all of your questions and to make sure you are ready. He will discuss things to do before and after your procedure to help obtain the best results and optimize safety.

Patients can have a great impact on the risk and success of their procedure with many common sense habits that also improve overall health and wellness.

Dr. Noel will see you frequently following your surgery.