You did the hard work by losing weight through diet and exercise or perhaps you had a weight loss procedure. Now that your at your goal weight body contouring might be an option for you. Body contouring can encompass essentially any aspect of your body that has excess skin. Typical areas that are of concern are the abdomen, thighs and upper arms.
Different Methods for Body Contouring
Body contouring consists of a number of techniques and procedures depending upon your individual aesthetic goals. Everyone is different and there might be other areas that are of concern to you such as your face (cheek and neck), breasts (in men and women), back and underarm areas or for some it might be a loss of fullness in the pubic area. Often these procedures require removing some of the excess skin while other areas may benefit from liposuction. Whatever the case may be, we provide the guidance on the best treatment to address your aesthetic concerns.
Also called a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty is designed to help you achieve aesthetically pleasing abdominal contours by removing excess fat from your abdomen. In this surgery, we may also extend the incision to help you in getting rid of excess skin from the back. This is called circumferential abdominoplasty. This is often needed after a massive weight loss. When used in combination with Liposuction, this can help in contouring the stomach area so that it matches the lower and upper body.
Liposuction is a body reshaping that is used to treat areas that do not respond much to exercise and diet. This includes buttocks, thighs, back, and waist. It’s one of the most popular fat removal treatments and is capable of helping you achieve the slim body of your dreams. It’s important to note, however, that liposuction is not a weight loss surgery. While you may experience some reduction in weight from the fat loss after the surgery, it’s primarily geared as a solution for excess fat.
This body contouring surgery involves increasing the breast size by placing implants under chest muscles or breast tissue. These implants may last from 6-12 years on average. In addition to being used for aesthetic purposes, a breast augmentation procedure is also used to restore symmetry between asymmetrical breasts. It is also undergone by women who want to restore their regular breast size after weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.
Improving the contours and shape of the outer and inner thigh through surgery is called Thigh lift. The incisions made in this procedure often depend on which area needs treatment and the amount of correction desired. Often done in combination with a tummy tuck, this combination, also called body lift, is commonly done in people who have lost a large amount of weight.
Saggy skin in the upper arm region can give the dreaded appearance of bat wings. An arm lift is designed to eliminate the saggy skin that resides in the upper arms. The goal of the procedure is to return a slimmer and more toned appearance to the arms.
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If any of these areas are bothering you schedule a consultation with Dr. Small to discuss your options. Often several procedures can be performed at once to give you the most results with one procedure and one recovery.
Similarly, recovery varies depending upon the procedure. Most procedures are performed in a surgical center with anesthesia as a same day surgery.
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