Body Contouring Procedures

Date posted: 05 January, 2017
Posted by: Mr Jag Chana
body contouring procedures


For patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, being left with sagging skin can be distressing and disheartening. Similarly, women who have been left with their post-pregnancy body may wish to re-contour their body to improve their self-esteem; body contouring surgery can help to address these concerns.

Pregnancy can leave women with their stomachs and thighs and leave them feeling deflated after giving birth. For patients who have lost weight, skin can be loose and sagging, making body contouring surgery a viable option.

Body contouring procedures are typically aimed at those who are in a position to control their body weight. There are a variety of body contouring procedures that can help patients look and feel more confident;


Abdominoplasty

Better known as 'tummy tuck', this form of body contouring surgery is intended for patients with a large amount of excess weight. A typical abdominoplasty involves being made in the abdomen and just above the bikini line and the belly button will have a scar on it. The abdominal muscles are then tightened and stitched into their new position. The belly button and the surrounding skin is then stitched back into place.

You may be suitable for a mini or full abdominoplasty, depending on the extent of your excess fat and skin. A mini-abdominoplasty removes skin and fat just above the bikini line and the belly button does not need to be re-positioned. In a full abdominoplasty, the extent of skin removal is down to the bikini line and the belly button will need to be re-positioned. They should remain visible, but they should be visible. Abdominoplasty can be combined with other body contouring surgery options, like liposuction.


Liposuction

This is the second most popular body contouring procedure, after breast augmentation; it is to remove fat from the body through a cannula. This procedure is good for those who have areas of stubborn fat, which is often found on the thighs or abdomen. However, it can be carried out in various areas of the body.

New techniques for performing this procedure have been developed to make it easier to break up fat cells. One that is used quite simply is the liposuction which involves the liquidizing the fat before it is removed, offering a slightly less invasive option to body contouring.


Vaser Liposuction

Vaser liposuction uses enhanced ultrasound technology to gently break down fat from areas of the body. There are different variations of this treatment, depending on the area of the body and the quality of skin overlying the fat. The ultrasound technology is directed specifically at the fat so the nerves, blood vessels and surrounding tissues remain unharmed. Vaser liposuction can be used on any part of the body that has some stubborn areas of fat such as the abdomen, thighs, back and arms.


Brachioplasty

This form of body contouring surgery targets the arms, otherwise known as the ‘bingo wings’. The fat and loose skin on the arms is very common from weight gain or extreme weight loss. Excess skin and fat are removed from the upper inner arm, and it can be combined with liposuction if needed. This procedure will leave scarring in the inner arm which is hidden once the arms are by your side but is usually considered a satisfactory trade for the removal of excess skin. You may wish to discuss scarring further with Dr Chana.


Thigh Lift

This body contouring procedure removes loose skin and excess fat from the thighs. Loose skin will be removed and will be located along the inner aspect of the thigh. In a mini thigh lift, loose skin is removed and tightened with an upward sweater that will not be visible. Liposuction can be performed at the same time to help the thighs too.

 

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