Once Weighed Down by Excess Skin, SCV Woman Now Lives in Leggings
April, 2017 - Issue #150
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Diane S. of Saugus did something remarkable a decade ago; she lost 130 pounds.

But the drop in weight did not bring a big boost in confidence. "My skin was so loose, I had to readjust it when I stood up or when I got dressed. It was uncomfortable and embarrassing," says the SCV resident.

After the weight came off, Diane opted for a tummy tuck and breast lift. "This was years ago. I liked the results but my surgeon moved and by the time I was ready to do a thigh and backside lift, I needed to find a new doctor. I was very nervous, so I took special care in doing my research," says the 51 year old.

"I would recommend Dr. Heller to anyone. He is SO AWESOME! I used to have to tuck my excess skin into pants and I live in leggings now! I look in the mirror all the time, just to awe at my thigh gap! I waited nearly 10 years to do this and I should have done it a long time ago. It is the best money I have ever, ever spent. I want people to know that Dr. Heller and his staff make the experience so positive. There's nothing to worry about! And you will feel so good about yourself afterwards."
Diane S., 51
"I went to three consultations and explained to each doctor what I wanted. I told them how I literally had to tuck my skin into my pants and that I couldn't stand how it hung over. When talking to the first two docs, I didn't really feel like they were listening. The experience was totally different when I went to meet with Dr. Heller. For the first time, I felt heard. I immediately knew I could relax with him. And, after working through a plan together on how to remove this extra skin and give me back the shape I wanted, I knew he was the perfect surgeon for the job. He was honest, practical and he didn't try to sell me on anything. He took his time with me, was very realistic about my potential results and his staff was amazing, too. It was an easy decision," she recalls. "I really knew I made the right call right before surgery, when he drew on me to guide his incision sites. He took so much time. It felt like it took forever, but that really impressed me because it was so obvious just how dedicated he was to getting the exact right results."

"Because Diane had a significant amount of excess skin, it was important to not just lift that top layer but also perform an internal lift," says Dr. Justin Heller, owner of Heller Plastic Surgery and a board-certified physician. "It takes a little more effort and a lot more expertise, but the results are totally worth it."

"I love the results," shares Diane. "I am down a whole size in clothes. Pants fit me so much better! My thighs don't touch anymore. I actually have a thigh gap! My thighs and butt are significantly lifted and much more shapely. I finally feel like I look 'normal." I like the way I look! I've never been able to say that before."
Heller Plastic Surgery is located in the Atrium Building next to City Hall in Valencia. The comfortable, well-appointed office is now accepting patients and scheduling complimentary consultations.

Dr. Heller's Education and Experiences
American Board of Plastic Surgery Board Certification
MOHS Fellowship
University of California Irvine Orthopaedic Hand & Microsurgery Fellowship
University of Texas Southwestern Plastic Surgery Residency with specialization in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
UCLA Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Craniofacial Research Fellowship
Yale University School of Medicine
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