What is Body Contouring?
Body Contouring is a type of cosmetic surgery that can be performed on virtually any area of the body in order to reduce fat deposits and improve one’s overall physical appearance. Body contouring is recommended for patients who have experienced significant weight loss or for those who cannot achieve desired results from diet and exercise alone. This technique can also be beneficial for those who are looking to subtlety define their body.
Generally, body contouring is any procedure that alters the shape of different areas of one’s body. This type of procedure has become increasingly popular over the years for formerly-obese people who have lost significant weight.
What does it involve?
Body contouring may be achieved utilizing different kinds of procedures focusing on the area of the body a patient wishes to improve. The most popular method of body contouring is liposuction because it specifically shapes targeted areas of the body and is widely recommended by most healthcare professionals. A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is suggested for patients looking to specifically contour the abdominal area. This procedure is completed by removing excess fat and skin, while also tightening the abdominal muscles. A body lift is an optimal procedure for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and were left with excess fat and skin after weight loss success as a result. This procedure is used to remove this excess fat and skin from many areas of the body, resulting in the ultimate body contouring results.
While these procedures are known to be effective, it is important for one to note that there are potential risks and side-effects that accompany these types of procedures. In order to be considered for this type of procedure, there are a variety of things that a patient must do. These procedures require that the patient commit to a weight loss program for, typically, about eighteen months before the procedure and for a significant amount of the recovery period. On average, from the start to finish, these types of processes usually take about three years from first appointment to final appointment.
In addition, it is also important for the patient to be educated about the procedure that they are undergoing. A body lifting type of operation can typically take about ten hours to complete under general anesthesia and may require that the patient receive a blood transfusion. A surgeon may advise a patient to not undergo this type of procedure if a patient is over fifty percent of his or her ideal body weight, has difficult scars, heart disease, bleeding disorders, or if a patient smokes.
Currently on the rise is a nonsurgical methods that a patient can also undergo to achieve similar results. Common methods include low level laser therapy, cryolipolysis, radio energy, suction massage, and high-frequency focused ultrasound. Doctors utilize these methods by applying non-invasive technology to achieve a reduction in the overall size of certain body areas, to increase tone in lax or redundant skin, and to diminish the overall appearance of cellulite.
What are the Benefits?
Some of the commonly seen benefits for people who choose to undergo body contouring procedures are that people generally improve or significantly enhance their moods. In addition, people are generally able to return to non-strenuous work activities in about two to three weeks. Patients who undergo this surgery can also typically drive again within one to three weeks after the surgery.
Schedule Your Body Contouring Consultation
A body contouring consultation is always recommended, as this consultation will determine which procedures are best-suited to each patient’s needs, in order to guarantee the best results. Schedule a consultation today to meet with our experts and decide if body contouring is right for you.