In Austin, TX
Body contouring refers to the multiple techniques used in the cosmetic field (both surgical and nonsurgical) to reshape the body. This usually comes in the form of tightening skin or removing excess fat, either after weight fluctuations or due to aging. The results can range from getting rid of stubborn fat deposits under the chin to the surgical removal of fat and loose skin over the body.
Because there is such variety in what constitutes body contouring, Dr. Robert Whitfield recommends sitting down for a consultation with him to discuss the specific issues or areas you would like to address through body contouring
Austin Monthly has named Dr. Whitfield as one of their top doctors, and he is an expert and educator in many of the techniques listed below. He can share his knowledge with you and come up with a treatment plan utilizing a variety of body contouring techniques to achieve your desired results, both surgical and non-surgical.
Liposuction is a surgical technique where stubborn pockets of fat are removed from the body through surgery via the use of a cannula (hollow tube). There are many variations to the liposuction process, and Dr. Whitfield will brief you on their differences and how they may be right for you during your consultation.
In general, liposuction is used for body contouring, not weight loss. By using liposuction strategically, Dr. Whitfield can help you transform your body into the shape you desire in a way that looks natural.
A “tummy tuck” is the common phrase for abdominoplasty, a surgical procedure that tightens the skin and muscles of the abdomen. This surgery is very common for women after pregnancy to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and correct rectus plication – a condition where the muscles of the abdomen become separated during pregnancy. By surgically repairing the underlying muscles and trimming excess tissue.
Dr. Whitfield can help restore a flat, smooth tummy. His “drainless, painless” tummy tuck takes advantage of the latest plastic surgery techniques to create incredible results while reducing discomfort after your surgery.
A “mommy makeover” is a popular term to convey a number of procedures that can be done to “turn back time” for moms who are finishing breastfeeding following pregnancy. The most common mommy makeovers include some combination of a tummy tuck to correct any loose skin or muscle issues following pregnancy, and breast augmentation or lift to restore the shape of the breasts following breastfeeding.
However, pregnancy impacts every woman differently, and Dr. Whitfield believes the ultimate mommy makeover takes each woman’s specific ideas about her body into account. Dr. Whitfield makes sure that each mommy makeover is tailored to his patient’s individual desires to create a result that inspires confidence and excitement with each glance in the mirror.
The “Brazillian Butt Lift” (or the not-quite-as-sexy-sounding “buttocks augmentation”) is a procedure that adds volume to the buttocks to help contour the rest of the body. The buttocks, thighs, and abdomen are more connected than most people realize.
By grafting unwanted fat from other areas to the buttocks, Dr. Whitfield can help contour the body into a vivacious shape that will turn heads. Dr. Whitfield’s primary goal is to use body contouring procedures like the Brazillian Butt Lift to create a look that is both natural and beautiful.
Fat can actually do great things for the shape of the body – when it shows up in the right places. Fat transfer (aka fat grafting) is a procedure that takes excess fat from areas where it is not wanted and adds it to places where you would like more volume.
In the most common cases, fat from the abdomen or thighs is removed and transferred to the breasts or buttocks. However, each body is different, and the options for fat transfer are virtually endless. The ability for fat transfer to add volume to parts of the body without fillers or implants is one of the reasons why its popularity is increasing so rapidly.
There are few things as frustrating as fighting the battle against flabby upper arms. Stretched skin and extra fat in the arms can rob men and women of a toned look and muscle definition, despite their best efforts in the gym.
Dr. Whitfield can fix that with a surgical procedure called Brachioplasty to remove excess skin and fat, all while carefully hiding the incision point in the armpit to reduce visible scarring. There are many other arm lift options as well, and Dr. Whitfield will help you choose the option that’s right for you during your consultation.
AccuTite by InMode is a revolutionary new procedure that combines the power of radiofrequency (RF) energy with subdermal fat breakdown (lipolysis) via a small cannula to stimulate the body’s natural regenerative capabilities. By using radio-frequency-assisted lipolysis (RFAL) through such a small device, AccuTite can create incredible results with pinpoint precision in parts of the body that are traditionally difficult to reach through traditional liposuction, like the chin, neck, and brow line.
This minimally invasive outpatient body contouring procedure is done with just local anesthesia. The treatment itself is usually done within a few minutes and any soreness associated with the procedure fades within a day or so.
Much like AccuTite, InMode’s BodyTite technology is an RFAL-assisted body contouring procedure to amplify skin tightening. The difference with this procedure is that with BodyTite, a second incision is made that allows another cannula to get into the deep fat of the body.
BodyTite allows Dr. Whitfield to target areas of the body that would generally be candidates for traditional liposuction: belly, thighs, love handles, hips, back, and other places where we store fat that can prove to be difficult to get rid of through diet and exercise. However, unlike traditional lipo, BodyTite uses its RFAL technology to produce tighter skin and faster healing.
The procedure is minimally invasive and is done in Dr. Whitfield’s Austin office with local anesthesia. There is usually some swelling following the procedure, but patients can return to daily life immediately, and begin exercising a few days later.
FaceTite rounds out InMode’s RFAL line with a device contoured specifically to tighten skin and liquefy facial fat. This non-surgical facelift does require a small incision to insert the cannula but requires only local anesthesia and no sutures around the incision site. There is no downtime for this procedure. With FaceTite, you can experience the rejuvenating feeling of a facelift without having to undergo full facelift surgery.
Evoke is another InMode innovation that uses the latest advances in skin-tightening technology to revitalize the body without surgery. Using a hands-free programmable headset, Evoke targets the face, jowls, and neck with RF energy waves to shrink stubborn fat. The results are increased definition of the cheeks, chin and jawline, and younger-looking skin. Evoke is pain-free and nonsurgical. The process takes minutes to set up and takes place without the need to have a doctor present, making it a treatment option that is consistent with social distancing.
With Evolve, InMode takes the groundbreaking work they’ve done with hands-free skin tightening treatment to the next level. Evolve applicators can be attached to multiple areas of the body at once, providing RF energy as well as electrical medical stimulation (EMS) to tone muscle and skin. After a few sessions, you will experience better muscle definition and a more youthful appearance. Like Evoke, Evolve is pain-free and social-distancing-friendly.
Fractora uses the healing powers of the body to revitalize your skin from within. The process, known as fractional rejuvenation, uses lasers to heat sections of the skin beneath the surface, coagulating fat and encouraging the production of collagen and other natural healing protocols. As those new cells work their way through the body, the result is reduced wrinkles and a more toned appearance. Fractora also greatly improves discoloration from age or sun spots, as well as certain types of scarring.
The Morpheus system uses RF-energy-based fractional rejuvenation along with microneedles to stimulate skin healing in a minimally invasive procedure. The combination of external and internal skin stimulation increases the effectiveness of the Morpheus procedure in eliminating acne scars and other skin blemishes. Dr. Whitfield is an expert in fractional rejuvenation techniques and will help determine which technique is best for your specific issues during your consultation.
As the name implies, EmbraceRF includes multiple RF energy treatments in one package to maximize the effectiveness of each treatment. The procedure combines AccuTite, FaceTite, and Morpheus8 in a coordinated effort to tighten skin, reduce signs of aging, and accentuate facial definition. The result is a complete facial rejuvenation – without having to undergo major surgery. In fact, the entire EmbraceRF process is done in-office and requires only local anesthesia, with little to no downtime following the treatment.
Innovation is a passion for Dr. Robert Whitfield. He began his career coming up with innovative ways to perform breast reconstruction on cancer patients using the DIEP flap technique. This gave him unique insight into how surgical and nonsurgical procedures could be used to create more natural results. As he developed his skills in these techniques, he continued to research new and innovative ways to reshape the body.
In 2019, he was named president of the research arm of the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation. Nationally-recognized for his dedication to innovation and safety, Dr. Whitfield has the experience, the knowledge, and the attention to detail to make your body contouring procedure a transformatively positive experience.
Post removal, Dr. Whitfield evaluates the information from the DNA analysis of the capsule and the pathology of the capsule. If there is bacterial or fungal contamination, recommendations will be discussed with the patient. At this point, it is also helpful if the patient has had genetic analysis with “23 and Me.” The raw data can be analyzed to help those patients better understand any genetic predisposition. Recommendations about the environmental factors, diet and overall nutritional status of the patient will be evaluated by referral to the appropriate providers.
Breast implant-related illness is a term for a cluster of symptoms that some patients develop who also have breast implants. The most common complaints are:
Recovery time varies, based on the patient. Since many women come in with their immune systems already suppressed it may require a bit longer to recover. In general, recovery from breast implant removal surgery will take in the range of one to four weeks. Symptoms related to autoimmune disorders require longer. Many options will be discussed regarding treatment of other underlying medical conditions once the implants have been removed.
– Dr. Robert Whitfield, MD, FACS Plastic Surgeon – Austin, TX