Understanding Weight Loss Contouring: What You Need to Know
Body contouring, also known as body sculpting, is a procedure that removes fat pockets from part of the body while reshaping and tightening the skin. There are a number of different surgical and nonsurgical procedure options, and which one is right for you depends on the results you’re looking for.
If you’re looking to sculpt your body after losing a significant amount of weight, surgical body contouring procedures are typically your best bet to achieve amazing results.
Surgical body contouring can provide significant results and give you a leaner and more sculpted body. Some of the procedures available at Plastic Surgery Associates include the following:
Liposuction involves using a thin hollow tube (cannula) to remove excess fat and reshape the area. The main treatment areas include the abdomen, buttocks, neck, chin, thighs, and arms. After a few weeks, the areas will have a smoother and more sculpted look.
The tummy tuck begins with the patient being put under general or local anesthesia. Incisions are made around the pubic bone and belly button. Once the abdominal muscles are exposed, they are pulled together to tighten the skin and strengthen the muscles. The end result is stronger abdominal muscles and a flatter belly. It is often used by women who have sagging skin or excess fat due to childbirth, weight loss, or the aging process.
A thigh lift involves removing excess skin and fat around the thigh area while reshaping and making it look smoother. Incisions are made around the groin, fat is removed, and the nearby muscles are tightened. Excess skin is then trimmed away, and stitches are applied to hold everything in shape. The recovery period typically takes a few weeks. Afterward, you will see a tighter and more contoured thigh area.
The breast lift is probably one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States. It is used by women who are experiencing sagging breasts due to pregnancy, weight loss, or genetics. The goal is to elevate the breasts so they look more firm and perky. The surgeon will make incisions around the areola to remove excess skin and reposition and reshape breast tissue. Like all surgeries, you will need a few weeks to recover. You should see the full effects in a few months.
A lower body lift is an all-over procedure that removes skin on several areas, including the tummy, hips, buttocks, and thighs. This procedure is usually requested by people who have lost a lot of weight and have a lot of excess skin. The surgeon will cut away all the excess skin and fatty tissue. Additionally, on some occasions, your surgeon may use liposuction to remove additional fat deposits.
Whether you’re struggling with excess skin, weak muscles, or excess fat due to significant weight loss or pregnancy, body contouring procedures can be the perfect solution. Start your journey today by scheduling a consultation with Plastic Surgery Associates.
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