The Gillian Institute’s Philosophy: Body Contouring Surgery

Our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons  have extensive training in the field of plastic surgery and body contouring. The Gillian Institute uses the tumescent technique and ultrasound assisted liposuction technique.

Liposuction terms such as SmartLipo and Laser Liposuction have been gaining popularity from the media, but The Gillian Institute, does not believe either of these techniques offer advantages compared to the ultrasound assisted liposuction technique. Our  liposuction technique is a four step technique which includes, tumescent, external and internal ultrasound, and traditional liposuction.  Our plastic surgeons believe in the ultrasound assisted liposuction because it gives patients superior results to traditional liposuction alone as well as the less invasive options such as SmartLipo and Laser Liposuction.  For patients whom are looking for a non-surgical option to achieve a reduction in localized areas of fullness, we are able to offer patients mesotherapy or lipolysis treatments.  Mesotherapy, Lipolysis or referred to as Lipodissolve is the practice of using microinjections of phosphatdilycholine (PCC) in the mesoderm or middle layer of the skin to remove unwanted fat without surgery or a recovery period.

In performing body contouring procedures, our goal is to shape and contour the patient’s body. With liposuction, our surgeons advocate a four step liposuction technique employing both the internal and external ultrasound. The Gillian Institute utilizes a technique referred to as tumescent liposuction. This procedure involves the injection of local anesthetic in solution, which causes a contraction of the blood vessels and significantly decreases blood loss. The local anesthesia, or numbing agent, will provide patients with adequate pain control after surgery as well. The tumescent technique decreases recovery time and, in addition, significantly improves the smoothness of the result and decreases bruising and discomfort after liposuction. With liposuction, one can achieve a permanent, improvement in contour with reduction of fullness in desired areas emphasizing the feminine silhoutte for several reasons, one being that we use both the internal and external ultrasound-assisted liposuction techniques. The advantage is that the fat is actually melted prior to being suctioned, and therefore larger quantities of fat can be removed without leaving the patient with irregularities. In addition,  very small cannulas are used to suction the fat so there is less risk of the patients being uneven or having skin irregularities. The intention is not to suction as much fat as possible, which only leaves the patient looking unnatural, but to honor the curvature of the female body.  The external ultrasound provides better skin contraction and a more “smooth” result and the internal ultrasound assisted liposuction also provides improved skin contraction, decreased skin irregularities, and increased fat removal.

The Gillian Institute incorporates liposuction for contouring purposes into her tummy tucks or body lift procedures such as a buttock lift or thigh lift as well. With combining liposuction into a body lift procedure, our liposuction approach is more conservative to ensure adequate blood supply to the tissue.  In some patients, for optimal body contouring results, staged ultrasound assisted liposuction to reduce the liposity or fullness to the area  followed by the body lift procedure to address the excess skin redunndancy and muscle wall laxity is recommended.  This staged approach will increase blood flow to the tissue to reduce the risk of complications related to healing and achieve the desired outcome.

The Gillian Institute’s Philosophy on Abdominal Rejuvenation

In order to rejuvenate the abdominal area, we must first evaluate the area and address your desired outcome, which will lead her to a decision of mesotherapy or lipolysis (lipodissolve)  (fat dissolving injections), liposuction to the abdomen only,  abdominoplasty procedure only or staged liposuction followed by an abdominoplasty.  The technique for abdominal rejuvenation can be approached with several options depending on the degree of abdominal wall laxity following childbirth, stretch marks to the abdomen, abdominal crease attachments, and excess skin laxity.  For each option, a recovery period must be considered and addressing the patients goals and expectations is important to her recommendation.   The goal of each procedure is the same, to improve the appearance of the abdomen, but the procedures are quite different.

If you are mainly concerned with a “pocket of fat” in the lower abdomen you are probably a better candidate for liposuction.  Liposuction to the abdomen will reduce the fatty tissue layer, promote skin contraction for skin in good condition and you will look better in clothes, but it will not improve stretch marks or loose skin. If you’re more concerned about stretch marks, skin laxity, or a fatty (“jelly-like”) appearance of the skin of the abdomen, a “tummy tuck” or an abdominoplasty will be recommeded. A tummy tuck will remove the stretch marks to the skin, tighten the skin envelope and repair the separation of the rectus muscles. The Gillian Institute will review with you in detail the options that are available and what would be the best treatment for your concerns.

Body contouring and body lift procedures are becoming more popular and performed more often especially with the increase in weight loss procedures. With significant weight loss and childbirth, the laxity of the skin and muscles are stretched and a body contouring procedure address excess, loose, damaged skin is recommended to rejuvenate and re-establish the contours of the body. We will place special emphasis on maintaining a feminine contour.

What Patients Are Saying

I had a face lift, eyes upper and lower, neck. To this day I still get the comment. “You look so good” What did you do? It was the best thing I ever did and would recommend it to anyone. No pain, No problems. Thanks to Dr. Short and her team, they make you feel at home. They are the BEST !!!! * 



Penny O

I would refer Dr.Short to all of my friend and family. She are her staff was very professional and was willing to answer any question that I had. My surgery was a breast augmentation, I was a size A and went to a cup size D. I am very pleased and so happy with the out come. Dr.Short is the best there is. I would never even consider going any place else. *

Jennifer K

I came to Dr. Short for a Breast Augmentation and tummy tuck about 3 1/2 years ago. I was a mother of 5 children and had spent the past 15 years giving birth and taking care of kids. Even before the kids though, I struggled with a poochy tummy. I decided for my 40th birthday that I was finally going to do something about it. I searched the internet extensively and finally found Dr. Short. The results she was showing on her website were exactly what I was looking for. I flew out from Washington State for my consultation and immediately liked her and her entire staff. They put me at ease and answered all my questions.

I was thrilled with the results of the surgery. I went immediately from a size 12 to a size 4. I couldn’t believe it. The surgery got me so motivated that I continued to diet and exercise and have now dropped another 13 pounds and now wear a size 0. In addition to the fantastic results, Dr. Short and her staff made me feel like a girlfriend. I felt that they truly understood what my needs were, not just clinically, but from a woman’s perspective. I can’t recommend Dr. Short and her office enough for any cosmetic procedure. Thank you so much. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. *

Allissa S

I went to Dr. Short 2 years ago with an A cup breast size. She gave me a low C cup, and i get compliments on my breasts daily. They are very natural looking and feeling. A lot of people do not even believe me when I tell them I have had breast augmentation. Shes the best and I’m very very pleased with the outcome of the surgery. *

Deborah M

I used Dr.Short for a breast enlargement. I was more then impressed with the results. They did a great job and I recommend her all the time to people who ask for a Dr. I went in with a lot of questions and attended a seminar that helped me feel at ease. The surgery was not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. I was back to normal in no time. The scars left are not even visible unless you look really hard. I highly recommend Dr.Short. They made me feel comfortable by having proper follow up appointments to make sure that everything was ok with surgery. I have nothing bad to say about my whole experience. It is going on three years now and I have had no complications at all. Dr. Short does a great job of giving you a natural look and making sure she keeps the look proportional to your body type. She really does a great job. *

Amy B
* Disclaimer: The claims made on this website are not intended to represent the results that every patient can expect. Surgical results vary greatly from patient to patient and are not guaranteed.

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