Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck surgery performed by Dr. Shaw can create a firm, contoured abdomen.

As we get older, our bodies go through normal physical changes, such as childbirth and weight fluctuations which can create excess skin and fat to accumulate around and in our middle section.

Diet and exercise can help erase some of the effects of the aging process on your middle, but unfortunately for most, it will not be successful in reclaiming the waist of your youth. An abdominoplasty is a perfect solution for this.

Dr. Shaw performs two types of Abdominoplasty- A traditional Tummy Tuck, and a Mini Tummy Tuck. Dr. Shaw will discuss the best option for you at your consultation.

Tummy Tuck

Good abdominoplasty candidates have loose abdominal skin and muscles usually from pregnancy or weight loss. This procedure is often combined with other procedures like breast augmentation and breasts lifts (also known as a Mommy Makeover). People who have lost a significant amounts of weight and have excess abdominal skin and tissue are also good candidates for a tummy tuck.

A traditional Tummy Tucksurgery will usually require two to three hours to complete depending on the extent of the tummy tuck procedure. During your Tummy Tuck surgery, Dr. Shaw will carefully trim excess skin and fat away from lower abdominal areas and the abdominal muscles are plicated in a corset fashion to create a toned, flat, and athletic appearance.  Drains are often placed under the skin and brought out the ends of the incision. This helps prevent any fluid buildup after surgery and hasten the recovery process and improve results. The incisions are then closed in multiple layers with absorbable sutures that do not need to be removed.  If needed, additional liposuction can be performed on the incision ends to improve contour.

Mini Tummy Tuck

In select patients, a mini tummy tuck is a great option. During a mini tummy tuck, a limited skin excision can be performed, which can then be combined with direct liposuction of the abdomen. The umbilicus is not cut out but may be relocated a little lower.  The abdominal wall is tightened before completing the procedure. Although the scar length is shorter, the final result is usually not as tight and so most candidates for a tummy tuck elect to undergo the traditional abdominoplasty.

What to Expect

On the day of your surgery, Dr. Shaw will meet you in the pre-op area to answer any questions and draw some strategic markings that guide him in surgery.  These will help ensure that incision placement is ideal and as symmetric as possible.  Your surgery will be performed under general anesthesia by a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Interested in a Tummy Tuck? Call our office to schedule your consultation today! (480)767-1900

About Dr. Shaw

Dr. Lawrence Shaw is a double board certified plastic surgeon in Scottsdale, Arizona with over 30 years of aesthetic surgical experience. Dr. Shaw’s excellent reputation is attributed to his uncompromising commitment to the highest standards of patient care, rational decision making and meticulous surgical technique. He has thousands of satisfied patients throughout Arizona, the United States and beyond.

Dr. Shaw is the founder and medical director of The Spa at The SHAW Center which has grown into a Premier Medical Spa offering non-invasive, anti-aging services ranging from advanced skin care, neurotoxins, injectable facial fillers, non-invasive fat reduction, cryotherapy, IV infusion therapy, to lasers for vaginal rejuvenation, hair removal and skin rejuvenation.

About The SHAW Center

At The SHAW Center, over the last 30 years, Dr. Shaw has created an environment to attract the best team possible to promote innovation and exchange ideas to fulfill our mission.

Dr. Shaw’s vision is to deliver the utmost in surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic care and patient experience. We strive to be the plastic surgery and medical aesthetic spa of choice where we consistently meet or exceed our patient’s expectations. Caring for our patients, assessing and realizing aesthetic goals in a safe, comfortable environment is always our top priority.

We provide compassionate personalized care that extends well beyond the treatment and recovery period leaving our patients with a positive lifelong lasting impression. It is personally gratifying to see how many patients from the 80’s and 90’s are still our patients and now referring their children to me and our office. Our patients truly become “patients for life” and part of The SHAW Center family.

We invite you to come meet me and our incredible team to explore and realize your aesthetic dreams!

September 10, 2016


Whether you’re seeking a mommy makeover or just overall fed up with the appearance of your stomach despite your best diet and exercise efforts, The SHAW Center has a solution.  Abdominoplasty, or most commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck,” can resolve even the most stubborn fat deposits. Not only can a tummy tuck enhance the appearance of your midriff, but also provide additional benefits, such as the ones outlined below.
Reduces Stress and Urinary Incontinuence
Vaginal birth can sometimes cause bladder control issues, or incontinuence, which can then lead to leakage through sneezing, coughing exercising and in some cases, laughing.
Improves Posture and Abdominal Tone
While dieting and exercising can aid in physical appearance, some women who’ve lost a significant amount of weight or who have had multiple pregnancies can experience their stomach muscles becoming swollen. Improved posture and support can help in relieving back pain.
Ventral Hernia Correction
At times having a weak abdominal can cause hernias to form. Excessive weight loss can tend to cause abdominal weakness, but a tummy tuck can help to correct this.
Aside from the obvious benefit of a tummy tuck in helping to improve the appearance of your stomach, undergoing this procedure can also result in a multitude of other advantages as well.



As Summer quickly approaches, our skin can begin to suffer some serious side effects from the Arizona sun. It’s more necessary than ever to protect our complexions from the harsh rays that can eventually lead to sun spots, overall sun damage to our skin, and even worse… skin cancer. It’s essential to take preventative measures in our day-to-day routines, and we can do so by adopting even the smallest of changes into our beauty regime, such as wearing makeup that employs an SPF or applying sunscreen daily.  Below are some more ways you can protect your skin from the Summer sun this go around!
Cover Up
One of the more obvious ways to guard your complexion from intense sun damage is to simply cover up.  The sun’s rays are most aggressive between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so staying indoors between these hours is recommended. However, we understand that this is not always realistic, so throwing on a floppy hat or wearing woven materials and dark fabrics can actually help to protect you during this time as well.
Spoil Your Skin
Make sure to spread on the SPF generously these next few months and that you’re using an SPF 15 or higher. There are quite a few skincare products that The Spa at The SHAW Center carries as well that can work as armor against the sun. Revision Skincare’s Intellishade, which we sell at our Spa, works as a tinted anti-aging moisturizer and also employs UVA and UVB protection.  The Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 is another amazing product by ZO Skin Health, which is a line we also know and trust here at The SHAW Center. 
Remember It All
So often we forget to protect sensitive spots, such as our hairlines, chests, noses and hands. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that 80 percent of skin cancers occur on our necks, hands and heads. Remind yourself to be weary of the areas we wouldn’t necessarily think of first, and always, always use sunscreen on these spots!

The Spa at The SHAW Center offers both CoolSculpting and now SculpSure. With two CoolSculpting machines (DualSculpting) and the SculpSure, which has four separate panels, we can now treat as many as 6 areas in just on hour! These non-surgical liposuction treatments are a total game changer and help to target fat in even the most stubborn areas. While these two fat reduction alternatives are both extremely effective, it is important to know the difference between the two.
Treatment Time
CoolSculpting takes one hour or more per applicator, often requiring four hours to treat the entire adbodem, while SculpSure takes only 25 minutes for up to four applicators.
Both procedures are virtually painless. SculpSure utilizes a flat non-suction applicator with a cooling plate that is easily tolerated. CoolSculpting uses suction based applicators and the post procedure massage can be quite uncomfortable.
The desired results from both of these procedures can be quite fulfilling. However, they both produce different timelines for when one might see these results. SculpSure can reduce up to 25% of fat pockets and usually takes anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months for optimal results. CoolSculpting will show signs of permanent fat reduction of around 22% in 2-4 months.
Treatable Areas
CoolSculpting’s treatable areas are limited based on the applicator design, whereas SculpSure can target the abdomen and love handles, as well as a multitude of other areas, such as under the chin, arms and thighs because of the applicator’s flexibility.
If you haven’t already signed up for The Spa at The SHAW Center’s SculpSure event this Tuesday, May 17th from 5 to 7 pm, call our office at (480)767-1900 to see if we still have a spot for you! We will have a real life SculpSure demo, complimentary consults, special event pricing, giveaways, as well as beverages and bites. You won’t want to miss out!

Aging is inevitable, and with that comes milestones, such as childbirth and menopause. Both natural and anticipated processes, but your body doesn’t need to suffer as a result of this. Many women will begin noticing symptoms related to their vaginal health than can affect their lifestyle negatively, such as dryness, pain or laxity during sexual intercourse or vaginal atrophy.  Developed by Lumenis, a global leader in aesthetic, surgical and gynecology lasers, FemTouch is a fast and comfortable procedure that can correct these discomforts and physical changes.
How Does It Work?
FemTouch can correct vaginal health related conditions through promoting the remodeling of the vaginal mucous epithelium layer. This fractional CO2 laser works along the vaginal wall releasing laser beams along the entire vaginal wall, which results in gently controlled coagulation of the vaginal lining.  
FemTouch works extremely fast and quickly, only taking a couple of minutes for the whole procedure. It’s incredibly efficient, requiring only 2-4 treatments for optimal outcomes. Not only is it non-surgical, but also requires no anesthesia or post-procedure care.
The Spa at The SHAW Center now offers FemTouch as one of our many procedures. For more questions regarding FemTouch, call our office at (480)767-1900.

Recently, plastic surgery has been on the rise. 15.6 million people in the United States had a cosmetic procedure in 2014, a 3% increase from 2013 and a dramatic 104% increase from 2000.
With a surge in procedures, plastic surgery has become more widely accepted and has also opened the door for new non-invasive procedures. Instead of boring holiday gift staples like socks or a scarf, here’s our guide to skin and body services for everyone on your list.
For the clean freak: Clarisonic. This facial cleansing tool has become a household name and makes a great gift for those who are skincare obsessed or like things a little more squeaky clean than the rest of us. Not only does it purify pores on the daily, it also helps even skin texture and fight off fine lines.
For the poolside enthusiast: Sculpsure. In Arizona, pool season gets here early. Give the gift of a bikini-ready bod with brand new Sculpsure. The revolutionary laser reduces fat permanently with less treatments and zero downtime.
For the extra scruffy guy: Laser Hair Removal. Although it might not be a daily topic of conversation, no one likes unsightly hair (ew!). Help out with a package of laser hair removal session to get him ready for beach vacays and whatever else comes along in 2016.
For the celeb-obsessed: Lip Augmentation. 2015 was the year of the Kylie Jenner lip and women everywhere are jumping on the bandwagon to achieve volume-packed lips like the teen social media queen. Pump up your gift game this year with injectable fillers that not only increase pout size, but also smooth lips and rejuvenate the entire mouth area.
For the selfie pro: Smart Lipo Neck. This profile-perfecting procedure uses a laser to melt fat and tighten skin. With almost no scarring (the incision is only one millimeter), downtime is minimal. Grab a selfie stick and make it a packaged gift.  

During the holiday season, weight gain is something millions of Americans face each year. Overeating too often and not exercising enough can easily add up. Even if weight gain is not dramatic, getting rid of the extra pounds can be a challenge and most people who gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve don’t lose the weight which adds up year after year.
So how do you prevent weight gain during the season of eating? Here are a few easy tricks to prevent holiday pounds:
1.    Keep treats out of the house: With sugary desserts everywhere you turn, temptation is at an all-time high. Even though there’s nothing you can do about goodies at parties or at the office, try to keep them out of your pantry to cut down on excess snacking. 

2.    Don’t drink your calories: When you go to a party, be conscious of what you are drinking. Although eggnog and other holiday-themed drinks are fun, many have 350 calories or more per glass. It’s ok to indulge a little, but try to stick to your regular drink choices and intake as much as possible.

3.    Be mindful about what your body needs: Getting enough rest between parties and maintaining your workout routine is crucial to keeping off extra pounds. If you plan on indulging at a party, up your workout efforts a bit to counterbalance what you eat and drink.

4.    Remember what the holidays are really about: This time of year is a great way to connect with family and friends. Although enjoying food is a part of celebration, it shouldn’t be the main focus. Put in an extra effort to get to know someone through conversation or hit the dance floor instead of sitting around the buffet. 

5.    Take time out for yourself: Between shopping, entertaining and a full schedule of events, make sure you are taking enough time to relax and do things to help you look and feel your best. If you’re worried about weight gain, counteract it with a non-invasive treatment like SculpSure to get rid of stubborn fat. Not only will you get a head start on your 2016 goals, taking care of yourself can also keep you motivated to stay on track, even with the added temptation.

Always striving to bring the latest and greatest cutting edge treatments to our patients, The SPA at The SHAW Center is the first plastic surgery practice in the Valley to offer brand new PicoSure tattoo removal! 

If you’ve been wanting to get rid of your tattoo or have tried and were unsuccessful in the past, this treatment is for you. So what makes the PicoSure Laser stand out from its competitors? Here’s the scoop on the laser’s skin-perfecting results that will leave you regret-free.

  • Half the treatments: PicoSure uses PressureWave™ technology which delivers short pulses of energy to shatter tattoo ink and skin spots. This means 50% fewer treatments thanother lasers. Win, win.
  • Less downtime: Not only does PicoSure require less treatments, recovery time is shorter which means you can have treatments performed closer together making your tattoo disappear in record time.
  • No color is safe: The multiple wavelengths of the PicoSure laser targets difficult ink colors – even blue and green.
  • Veteran regretters welcome: With new technology, even tattoos that have been previously treated (unsuccessfully) can be re-treated. Groundbreaking technology of the laser causes ink particles to break down into tiny fragments, which are then naturally eliminated by the body.
   What are you waiting for? Make your old tattoo a thing of the past by scheduling your consultation today by calling 480.767.1900. 

We are excited to announce that The Shaw Center is the first and only location in Arizona to offer SculpSure™, the wold’s first hyperthermic laser treatment for non-invasive fat reduction. Perfect for those on the go, this 25-minute treatment eliminates fat without surgery or downtime. FDA cleared, this laser-based procedure removes 24% of fat in treated areas, in just one session. 

Using four laser panels, this cutting-edge treatment is ideal for fat bulges that won’t budge, even with exercise and diet. After treatment, patients can resume normal activities immediately after, including work and exercise. 

With two CoolSculpting machines (DualSculpting) combined with the SculpSure’s four panels we can treat as many as six areas at once in just one hour!

Ideal candidates for SculpSure™ should be within 10-20 pounds of their proper weight and want to target fat that is diet and exercise resistant. Because we have both surgical and non-surgical options, you can be sure we will recommend the best treatment to reach your aesthetic goals.
What are you waiting for? Our team has the expertise to help you obtain your ideal body shape. Learn more about this new treatment by calling (480) 767-1900!

Most plastic surgery procedures can be performed out of state, and in fact it is not uncommon to explore your options by searching around the country for your preferred physician. Most might find undergoing cosmetic surgery out of town more appealing due to the ability of being able to recover privately and out of the eyes of family and friends.  Confidentiality is key, and the SHAW Center ensures a customized and comfortable recovery period based on your specific needs and wishes.

Simple Steps
The process for out-of-town patients is made as seamless as possible when going through our surgical center. First, have a friend or spouse help you take photos of the areas you’re concerned with, and send them via email at info@theshawcenter.com, which will go directly to Dr. Shaw for review.
Following this you will want to schedule a phone consultation to voice your concerns, hear out Dr. Shaw’s recommendations, as well as discuss recovery plans.
Shortly after, your patient coordinator with help you in scheduling your surgery date along with pre and post-operative appointments.

Travel With A Friend
While maintaining your privacy during recuperation is essential throughout this process, making sure you have your spouse, a close friend or a family member by your side is also extremely important. Depending on the surgery, you may not be able to do everything yourself the first couple of days right after the procedure so having someone to assist you will allow you to fully focus on recovering.

What To Pack
Unless specifically recommended otherwise by Dr. Shaw, typically wearing loose-fitted clothing is recommended after your surgery. No need to pack any muumuus, but relaxed fits and sweatpants are ideal being that they’re extremely easy to get on and off.