Cosmetic surgeons employ a range of different techniques and strategies in order to provide their patients with a slimmer, more toned and contoured body. The top body contouring procedures that can be performed by a cosmetic or plastic surgeon include:
This is by far the most popular procedure for patients who want a quick weight loss and toning solution as well as for cosmetic surgeons as it is not complex and has a faster healing time than other types of cosmetic surgery. It involves removing fatty deposit under the skin using different methods. This is a very targeted approach and can be used to successfully slim and tone specific areas of the body.
2. Lift Procedures
These techniques are ideal for areas in the body that have sagged, have reduced skin elasticity or that have lost muscle tone. The procedure involves removing excess fat and skin resulting in a more toned and lifted appearance in specific areas. Areas of the body where this type of surgery is commonly used include:
- The buttocks, hips and thighs.
- The upper arms.
- The lower abdomen (commonly referred to as a tummy tuck).
Lift surgery can be used to target any of the above areas or a patient can opt for a multiple or total body lift surgery. The healing time is quite long depending on the amount of areas that are targeted and other factors that might influence recovery.
Implants are not used to slim the body in order to result in a more toned look but rather adds weight to specific areas of the body. This technique is highly effective in firming loose and sagging skin and is ideal for patients who have difficulty building muscle or who are not well endowed in specific areas of the body.
The most popular implant procedures include:
- Breast augmentation.
- Pec implants (to assimilate well built pectoral muscles in the chest area).
- Butt implants.
- Calf implants.
Once again different procedures and techniques are used to sculpt the body with implants depending on the individual requirements of a specific patient. The different options should be discussed with a doctor before undergoing surgery.
Not all people are suitable for body contouring surgical procedures. The most suitable candidates have:
- Good overall health.
- Good skin thickness and elasticity.
- Realistic expectations regarding the end result.
Obese and super-obese patients are not good candidates for body contouring surgery due to the increased risk of performing surgery and the decreased overall effectiveness of the surgery. Patients who have achieved extreme weight loss are however good candidates for cosmetic surgery. A doctor may recommend that certain steps be taken before surgery is performed.
It is essential to only have any body sculpting procedures performed by a qualified and experienced cosmetic or plastic surgeon. The surgeon should also be skilled in the specific procedure that a patient requires.
A consultation with a cosmetic surgeon will help determine if you are a good candidate for surgery, the qualifications of the surgeon and what procedure will be most effective to meet your unique requirements.