If you have tried and tried without success to eliminate fat from the hips, arms, and other parts of the body through dieting and exercise, Dr. Joseph Terracina understands your frustration. He knows the disappointment you feel when umpteen sit-ups do little to tighten the loose, flaccid skin on your abdomen. Age, weight loss, childbirth, and other factors can lead to fat deposits and loose skin that just resist even your best efforts to control them. Dr. Terracina offers tumescent liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) at his Pine Bluff and Jackson, Mississippi area office so that his patients can eliminate stubborn deposits of fat and achieve the proportionate, well-contoured body they have long desired.
In addition, Dr. Terracina can provide excellent results for patients who are affected by spider veins or scarring. Our expert dermatologist can help you achieve your goals as well. A body procedure can be performed alone or can complement another procedure such as eyelid surgery or acne treatment for overall aesthetic enhancement. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Terracina, he will help you create a plan custom tailored to your body and skin.
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For further information about liposuction or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), Pine Bluff and Jackson, Mississippi area patients may contact The Skin Institute today.
The Skin Institute
2525 Hwy 1 South, Suite A
Greenville, Mississippi 38701
Phone: +1 662-335-1103
Fax: +1 662-335-8746
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Sometimes stubborn fat deposits remain on the hips, thighs, "love handles," arms, and other parts of the body, resisting even the most stringent diet and exercise regimens. These pockets of fat are frustratingly hard to eliminate and can detract from an otherwise fit appearance. Tumescent liposuction provides our Pine Bluff and Delta-area patients with an effective way to quickly remove fat deposits and achieve a sleeker, more sculpted body. Facial liposuction can even be used to enhance the results of neck lift procedure.
All of our tumescent liposuction procedures are performed in Dr. Terracina's own AAAHC-accredited surgical suite to help ensure the highest possible safety standards. In the liposuction procedure, our Pine Bluff and other Delta-area patients first receive a local anesthetic and possibly IV sedation, depending on the amount and extent of fat to be removed. Then Dr. Terracina makes small incisions near the fat deposit and inserts a narrow plastic tube called a cannula to vacuum out the fat as gently as possible so that scarring is minimized. After the procedure is complete, patients go home to rest and recuperate.
The effects of tumescent liposuction are apparent immediately after the procedure, but it takes four to six weeks for patients to see truly dramatic results. Virtually all of our patients report being very happy with their appearance after liposuction. Our Pine Bluff and other Delta-area patients often combine their liposuction surgery with another procedure, such as laser hair removal, for truly dramatic results. If you are struggling to rid your body of stubborn fat, contact The Skin Institute to learn more about tumescent liposuction and how it can help you sculpt your body to the proportions you desire.
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Childbirth and weight loss can cause the abdominal skin and muscles to become stretched, and no amount of dieting, exercise, or even liposuction will relieve the baggy, saggy look. Dr. Terracina can perform an abdominoplasty, also called a "tummy tuck," to remedy this problem. In the procedure, Dr. Terracina removes excess skin and tightens the muscles to give the abdomen a trim, conditioned look. If you have developed a "pot belly," and nothing you have tried has helped, you may wish to consider abdominoplasty. Virtually all our Jackson, Mississippi and other Delta-area patients who have had the procedure are very pleased with the results, and many state that they regret that they didn't have their abdominoplasty sooner. You, too, can overcome that saggy look and achieve a trimmer, flatter contour to your abdomen.
Dr. Terracina will meet with you in your initial consultation to discuss your needs and concerns. You will learn about tummy tuck surgery, its possible risks and complications, and the recovery process. You'll also be able to look at before-and-after pictures of patients who have had the tummy tuck procedure. Our Jackson, Mississippi and other Delta-area patients who have undergone abdominoplasty have allowed us to use their photographs because they are proud of what they have achieved and hope that others can benefit by seeing actual examples of Dr. Terracina's skills.
Depending on the extent of work necessary, an abdominoplasty procedure generally takes three to four hours and is performed using IV (sleep) sedation. You will need to plan on at least three weeks for a full recovery. Dr. Terracina will meet with you several times during this period to ensure that healing is proceeding well. As you will see in the before-and-after abdominoplasty photographs of our Jackson, Mississippi and other Delta-area patients, the procedure does leave some scarring. If you are eligible for a "mini tummy tuck," the scar can be limited to the width of your pubic region. With a standard abdominoplasty, the incision extends at least from hip to hip, leaving a long scar that heals well but is always present. Scarring is easily hidden by a bathing suit, so there is no need to worry that you won't be able to enjoy outdoor activities after having the procedure.
If you have all but given up on achieving a flat, firm abdomen, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Terracina to learn how a tummy tuck can give you the look you desire.
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Spider veins - the red, purple, and blue veins that appear in small clusters on the thighs, calves, and ankles - are a problem for millions of women. If they have made an unwelcome appearance on your legs, you are not alone. An estimated 50 percent of the adult female population suffers from this cosmetic nuisance.
Dr. Terracina can help to eliminate spider veins through sclerotherapy. Our skilled dermatologist injects the veins with a sclerosing solution that contains a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. The spider veins subsequently collapse and fade away. There is evidence that sclerotherapy also alleviates swelling, aching, night cramps, and other symptoms associated with spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is a simple outpatient procedure that takes only about 45 minutes. You can expect 50 to 80 percent of the injected veins to disappear with each injection session. If any veins do not respond to the sclerosing agent, it may be possible to treat them with laser surgery. After your sclerotherapy treatment, you will be able to drive yourself home, and we will encourage you to take walks and resume all your normal activities. As part of a body makeover, sclerotherapy can be used to enhance the results of a liposuction or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedure. Our Pine Bluff and Jackson, Mississippi area patients praise sclerotherapy for its effectiveness and convenience, and we think you will be impressed with the results as well. If spider veins have caused you concern, schedule an appointment today to eliminate them with sclerotherapy.
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A scar can be a constant reminder of the trauma of a long-ago injury, particularly if the injury occurred to the face. Even a small scar can impact confidence and cause a person to feel self-conscious. Makeup can hide some scars, but it is a makeshift solution to a permanent condition. Although no scar can be completely erased, Dr. Terracina can use advanced surgical techniques and laser technology to make a scar much less visible, often to the point that it is virtually undetectable.
The method of treatment used to diminish a scar depends on the type, location, and size of the scar. Some scars respond well to steroid injections. Others can be reduced through advanced surgical techniques or laser surgery. If you have scarring that makes you feel self-conscious, we urge you to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Terracina. He will honestly advise you on the treatment most suited to your condition and the results you can expect.
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Dr. Terracina uses tumescent liposuction to help his Pine Bluff patients eliminate fat and contour their bodies. He performs abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures so his Jackson, Mississippi patients can achieve flat, firm stomachs. With sclerotherapy and advanced scar revision techniques, he helps his patients improve the appearance of their skin. Contact The Skin Institute today to learn how Dr. Terracina can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
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