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Body image plays a huge role in our society. And it’s highly subjective. Body type is as unique and varied as each individual. We have worked with many people—both men and women—to help them attain the desired body goals they seek, through both surgical and non-surgical body procedures. The expert team at Upstate Plastic Surgery will identify the best solution for you.

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Body Procedures Explained

LIPOSUCTION
The common perception of beauty has undergone a gradual but dramatic change over the past 30 years. The emphasis placed by modern society on a lean, youthful appearance is largely responsible for the increase demand for surgical procedures to re-contour the trunk and legs by removing excess deposits of fat.

The patterns of fat accumulation vary between men and women, with women typically accumulating fat in the lower trunk, hips, upper thighs, and buttocks. In contrast, men tend to accumulate fat predominantly around the flanks and abdomen. Male breast enlargement can also occur as a result of weight gain.

ABDOMINOPLASTY

Re-contouring and flattening of the abdomen is one of the most frequently requested procedures in our office. The protruding abdomen that many individuals develop can be due to muscle weakness, pregnancy, weight gain or significant weight loss. Correction of these changes is accomplished with either liposuction or abdominoplasty (also called a tummy tuck).

Liposuction is most appropriate for people who have mild to moderate amounts of excess fatty tissue, good muscle tone, and skin quality with few or no stretch marks. An abdominoplasty, on the other hand, is extremely effective at tightening the abdominal muscles, and eliminating excess fatty tissue, loose skin and stretch marks. Reversing the changes of the abdomen associated with pregnancy is best accomplished with a tummy tuck, and the procedure can be safely performed in conjunction with gynecologic or urologic surgery. Liposuction can be utilized during an abdominoplasty to provide additional contouring in the flanks or to address excess fatty tissue in the thigh region.

Recovery is about 2 weeks and may be longer if your job requires heavy lifting. “Pain pumps” are available in our surgery center and provide significant pain relief during the early postoperative period. The pump slowly releases a local anesthetic controlling your pain without side effects. Drs Keller, Lovett, and Blakemore would also like to suggest massage therapy following your body re-contouring surgery. Massage therapy will aid in reducing soreness, swelling and bruising speeding up your healing process. Your first massage is complimentary in our media-spa.

BELT LIPECTOMY
A belt lipectomy is the latest surgical procedure designed to circumferentially recontour the waist. In addition to the benefits seen with an abdominoplasty, this procedure lifts sagging thigh and buttock tissue and increases the definition of the waist. This is an excellent operation for those who have had significant weight loss and now have loose skin. Although this operation requires slightly more operating room time, there is not significant increase in recovery time.
BRACHIOPLASTY
An arm lift or brachioplasty is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the upper arm. Fluctuations in weight ,as well as the aging process can reduce the elasticity of the skin causing a drooping, sagging appearance. While exercise is helpful in tightening the underlying muscle, it does not tighten the skin. A brachioplasty will enhance your appearance with a smoother, tighter upper arm. This operation may be safely combined with other cosmetic surgeries. The procedure is done outpatient in our AAASF certified surgery center, and recovery is approximately 1 week for most patients. Massage therapy will aid in reducing soreness, swelling and bruising speeding up your healing process. Your first massage is complimentary in our media-spa.
THIGH LIFT
A thigh lift is a surgical procedure used to reshape the upper thigh. Good candidates include patients who have experienced weight loss, as well as those who have inherited their shape. The operation wild reduce excess skin and fat in the upper thigh resulting in a smoother and better proportioned contour. It can be safely combined with other cosmetic procedures. The procedure is done as an outpatient in our AAASF certified surgery center, and recovery is approximately 1 week for most patients. Massage therapy will aid in reducing soreness, swelling and bruising speeding up your healing process. Your first massage is complimentary in our media-spa.
BUTTOCK AUGMENTATION
Buttock augmentation is a procedure that has been gaining popularity over the past decade. The most common way to achieve this is with fat grafting utilizing your own tissue to enhance your look. This is also commonly referred to as a “Brazilian Butt Lift”. Good candidates for this procedure include those who feel their buttocks are too small or are unhappy with their shape. The procedure can be combined with liposuction to balance your overall figure and restore a more youthful curve to your profile. This procedure is done as an outpatient in our AAAASF certified surgery center, and recovery is approximately 1 week for most patients.
American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities

Upstate Plastic Surgery is accredited by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). At our surgical center, you can feel confident that you are receiving the best quality care with each of our doctors. While choosing the right surgeon is of paramount importance, equally important is the facility in which the procedure is performed. The AAAASF looks to factors such as emergency readiness, equipment standards, and cleanliness in deeming a facility safe for surgical procedures. We are proud to be included in this list, and proud of the reputation we have earned over the years with the people we treat.

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Dr. Shultz

Dr. Kevin Shultz, M.D.

Dr. Kevin Shultz is a native Texan where he completed his education at the University of Texas, Texas A&M Health Science Center and then his combined Plastic Surgery training at Baylor Scott & White Healthcare/ Texas A&M. During this stint he has received many honors including Phi Beta Kappa, National Dean’s List, University honors list and was AOA at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. To top this off he also received the Resident Researcher of the year while in his Plastic Surgery training as evidenced by his many publications during his residency and fellowship. Dr. Shultz is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Aesthetic Surgery and Breast Reconstruction. He has given multiple national talks on the topic of breast revision surgery and is also a committee member with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Shultz has an appreciation for creative design and artistic beauty. Throughout his life, he has enjoyed drawing, sculpting, and painting. As a youth, he made a Christmas ornament that was hung on the White House Christmas tree. He has also had his work displayed in the Dallas Museum of Art. After high school, his creative instincts initially led him toward a career in architecture. He received a full scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design; however, decided to pursue medicine instead. During his medical and surgical training, his passion for surgery and artistic design fused into a career in plastic surgery.

Dr. Shultz has worked in many roles with children with Autism and has been involved in several overseas mission trips. He is a dedicated husband and father of four young children. We feel this type of compassion for his patients and family has been instrumental in building his plastic surgery practice in Greenville.

We at Upstate Plastic Surgery feel fortunate to have pulled him away from his Texas roots and the Plastic Surgery department at Baylor Scott and White where he was being heavily recruited.

Dr. Lovett

Dr. James E. Lovett III, M.D.

Dr. James Lovett is a graduate of Columbia University Medical School and was elected into the Alpha-Omega-Alpha honor society. He completed his general surgery residency at Columbia Presbyterian medical Center in New York City and his Plastic Surgery training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is board certified in both Plastic and General Surgery, and he is a member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Lovett is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Lovett was a full time faculty member at the University of Kentucky for five years where he taught Plastic Surgery and performed a broad range of plastic surgery cases. Dr. Lovett joined Upstate Plastic Surgery in 2000 and focuses predominantly on cosmetic and breast surgery. He strives to provide outstanding surgical care in a discreet, personal and caring environment.

Dr. Blakemore

Dr. Elizabeth Blakemore

Dr. Elizabeth Blakemore is Greenville’s only female plastic surgeon. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky's College of Medicine, with high distinction and is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society. She received her residency training in General and Plastic Surgery at the University of Kentucky, Chandler Medical Center, in Lexington, Kentucky. A native Kentuckian, Dr. Blakemore has been honored with the Governor’s Kentucky Colonel Award. Following residency, she completed a Cosmetic and Breast Surgery fellowship in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is one of only two Cosmetic Fellowship trained plastic surgeons in Greenville.

Dr. Blakemore established her private practice at Upstate Plastic Surgery in 2003. Dr. Blakemore is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is also a member of the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Blakemore’s patients appreciate her aesthetic perspective and her caring nature, in addition to her commitment to obtaining outstanding results.

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