Body contouring surgery is generally performed after major weight loss in order to improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. The goal is to remove excess sagging fat and skin.
Following bariatric or weight-reduction surgery, or substantial weight loss, the skin and tissues often lose elasticity and are not in conformance with the reduced body size. As a result, skin that has been severely stretched now is largely unsupported.
Body Sculpting Surgery For
- Arms that sag and appear loose
- Breasts that lose their curvature and appear flat
- The abdominal area may extend around the sides and into the lower back area
- Buttocks and thighs that sag
The result is a more normal appearance to the body, with smoother contours. This is, in essence, the final phase of your total weight loss experience.
What is Body Contouring Surgery?
Body contouring surgery is also called body sculpting. It refers to a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of your skin and tissue after massive weight loss. It is also for women whose bodies have undergone several changes due to pregnancy. Body contouring cosmetic surgery is increasingly popular after completing child-bearing years as a mommy makeover. There are alternatives if you care about the way you look and considering body contouring surgery. It can tighten problem areas, remove sagging skin and fats. Besides, many patients choose to have body contouring surgery to bring back a more normal contour to the body while reducing discomfort. As a result, it will deliver a look that will boost your confidence.
Diet and exercise are other ways to eliminate fats and maintain a healthy weight. However, oftentimes after massive weight loss, there is a remaining amount of loose and sagging skin. Through body contouring cosmetic surgery, it can help you achieve your desired body contour that reflects a new healthier lifestyle. In many cases, liposuction and lifts are good combinations in one process. Lifts are necessary when there are some areas where liposuction results would be insufficient. In addition, your surgeon will perform an extensive analysis of your body before recommending a specific surgical technique to achieve your desired results.
Body contouring surgery is often performed in stages and may take months or even years to complete the process. Areas that have loose and unsupported skin include the upper arms, abdomen, breasts, groin, buttocks, and thighs. But no worries! Our plastic surgeons are skilled in different types of body contouring cosmetic surgery procedures that are designed to improve the shape of the body. They have years of experience treating body contouring surgery patients. Also, they offer compassion, experience, and understanding in all types of body contouring surgery.
So, what are you waiting for? Contact MAXIM COSMETIC SURGERY NOW! We offer a wide range of body contouring cosmetic surgery procedures fully customized to deliver an improved youthful appearance.
TYPES OF BODY CONTOURING SURGERY
Also called abdominoplasty. It’s ideal to get the body shape you desire. Most common complaints following pregnancy and weight loss such as loose, sagging skin, excess fat, and weak abdominal muscles. Aging can also lead to a disproportionate midsection, through tummy tuck surgery. It can remove loose skin, stretch marks. Excess fat and repair damaged muscles to deliver a youthful appearance. At MAXIM Cosmetic Surgery, our plastic surgeons offer both Tummy Tucks under general anesthesia as well as Mini Tummy Tucks that could be performed under local anesthesia. Please ask our MAXIM Patient Coordinator and plastic surgeon to evaluate your candidacy for a Mini Tummy Tuck.
Also called Brachioplasty. The contributing factors to loss and excess skin underneath the arms including weight loss, genetics, and aging. Even with a healthy diet and exercise, the sagging skin can be difficult to eliminate. An arm lift procedure can trim away excess skin and reshape the upper part of the arm. Besides, it can remove fat to deliver tone and define upper arms.
After weight loss, either because of dieting or a medical procedure, patients are often left with large amounts of loose and excess skin. The areas including the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Through various combinations of body lift procedures, you can improve definition and contours. This procedure helps reshape the upper and lower body.
This is the most popular cosmetic procedure. It’s the main body contouring surgery you need if you want to remove fat in certain areas like buttocks, hips, thighs, back, arms, neck, chin and other areas. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss but a procedure of removing localized fat. With this procedure, fat cells in the area permanently discharge.
This type of body contouring surgery can achieve a fuller bust and more symmetrical breasts. It improves the appearance after pregnancy and lactation. Also, you can often achieve the desired result with a breast augmentation procedure. It is customized for each individual to help achieve beautiful, natural-looking effects that complement their entire figure.
Also called mastopexy. Excessive skin that sags or droops, resulting in an unbalanced bust line because of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and major weight loss. A breast lift can restore the breasts to their normal position. Besides, it can support patients to achieve a perkier and more youthful appearance.
Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) Surgery
Many male patients come to us concerning the excess fat and glandular tissue in their breast area. This tissue can be removed to reduce the size of the chest. It can help create a flatter, toned, and more masculine appearance. Through this type of body contouring surgery procedure, we can help patients achieve a more defined chest that may be very hard to achieve, even with extensive diet and exercise.
This type of liposuction uses laser treatment to provide precise sculpting and beautiful results. Even though traditional liposuction can achieve stunning effects. The heat energy of the laser can be used in certain areas like the neck to help tighten skin.
Mommy makeovers are not single procedures. It involves a combination of body contouring cosmetic surgery procedures to reshape and revitalize our bodies.
Some Procedures That May Be Part of Body Contouring Surgery
Body contouring surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. Sometimes epidural or intravenous sedation may apply. The surgeon will make incisions within natural skin folds and in areas where the scars will be hidden. However, it’s not always possible because some scars may be visible.
Tummy Tuck – The surgeon may extend the cuts to get rid of excess skin from the back, which is needed more often after massive weight loss.
Arm Lift – The surgeon may cut on the inner surface of the upper arm from the axilla to the elbow. The underlying muscle is tightened with stitches to contour the shape of the upper arm. The extra skin will be cut away.
Lower Body Lift – The excess skin is removed from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. The surgeon will make a cut that circles the body at the hips. This procedure can improve irregular surfaces known as cellulite. In some cases, two or more procedures must be planned.
Thigh Lift – The surgeon would cut in the groin down the inner leg to the knee. Excess skin and fat are removed. In some cases, the surgeon chooses to continue the cut from the groin to the outer hip to improve the shape of the outer thigh.
Buttock Lift – The surgeon would make cuts across the top of the butt. Crescent-shaped sections of skin and fat will be removed, then the skin is pulled together and sewn
Liposuction – The surgeon uses a tumescent technique to minimize blood loss and bruising. Then a dilated fluid is injected into the fat being treated to soften the fat for easy removal. The cannula is attached to a vacuum-type that collects the fat. Liposuction can be a combination of other procedures to keep everything in proportion.
Breast Lift – The surgeon will cut around the areola of the nipple and make a vertical cut from the areola to the underside of the breast. After that, the extra skin will take off from a series of cuts. During this procedure, a breast lift is the best combination with Breast Augmentation to achieve the desired result.
What to Expect?
After Body contouring cosmetic surgery procedure, expect swelling, numbness, pain, and discomfort. It may last up to six weeks but full recovery may take several months. The duration of your recovery period will depend on your specific body contouring surgery and other lifestyle factors.
You may also need to use surgical drains to remove excess fluid or blood that may collect at the wound. Your surgeon will explain how to take care of your incision site after body contouring surgery. Be sure to wear compression garments exactly as instructed to reduce swelling for designated time frames.
With any surgery, there’s always a risk of infection and complications. Each body contouring surgery procedure will leave some scars. Scar development often takes up to 12 months or longer depending on your procedure. For example, body contouring cosmetic surgery will result in greater scars than liposuction. Our plastic surgeons at MAXIM Cosmetic Surgery are great at minimizing your scars. They strive for accurate surgical techniques and offer you special post-operative scar minimization treatments.
It is good to choose a highly trained and experienced surgeon with Body contouring surgery to reduce your surgery risks. Be sure to contact your MAXIM plastic surgeon with any concerns even if you think they’re minor.
Please keep in mind that the results of your body contouring cosmetic surgery might affect because of the changes in your diet or weight. Also, body contouring surgery procedures may result according to the individual. Revision surgery may be necessary to address complications or to achieve desired results. Be sure to keep your expectation logical. To maximize the longevity of your body contouring surgery results, it is important to maintain a healthy and nutritious lifestyle. Above all, follow your surgeon’s advice before returning to activities.
Some of the possible complications of body contouring cosmetic surgery:
- Surgical risks like bleeding and infection
- Prolonged swelling
- Blood clots that may cause cardiovascular `complications like heart attack, thrombosis, or stroke
- Collapsed lung
- Tissue death along the wound or skin loss
This is not a total list of possible complications. Most importantly to speak to your surgeon for more information.
How Much Does It Cost?
A complete body contouring cosmetic surgery can be costly due to the number and complexity of surgeries involved. Body contouring surgery is a life-changing investment in the new you. Your MAXIM surgeon can offer you a price range for your body contouring surgery depending on the type of procedures and other contributing factors. First, ask for a breakdown of price including surgeon’s fee, anesthesiologist fee, facility fee, medications, and a medical test on your initial consultation. Also, a body contouring surgery price includes where you are having the procedure and the length of your stay whether same day or overnight.
Body contouring surgery procedures are generally not covered by insurance. MAXIM Cosmetic Surgery offers third party financing including 0% financing. Besides, some patients have been able to access their accumulated health savings and Flex Funds to assist with this life-changing body contouring cosmetic surgery procedure.
The best way to get a more specific understanding of how much the cost of body contouring cosmetic surgery procedures is to schedule a complimentary consultation here at MAXIM Cosmetic Surgery with one of our plastic surgeons. Above all, it’s important to discuss all your body contouring surgery options. We’re here to listen to your concerns and we will work out a plan together.
If you would like to learn more about the body contouring cosmetic surgery procedures offered here at MAXIM Cosmetic Surgery. Contact us today
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