Gravity and aging pack a one-two punch for your figure. But there are solutions. Body contouring usually involves a combination of different surgical techniques to transform your body to its younger form. Body contouring eliminates excess sagging skin and fat in order to improve the look and tone of your body. The result gives you more definition and rejuvenates your body into the shape you’ve always wanted.
Body contouring can involve a host of different surgeries: liposuction, breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, tummy tuck, and various body lifts. These procedures can address the following:
- A lower body lift will improve the look of your abdomen, buttocks, groin, and outer thighs
- An arm lift will correct sagging in the upper arms
- A breast lift will lift sagging breasts
- A thigh lift will help correct inner, outer, and mid-thigh sagging
Is Body Contouring Right For Me?
Candidates for a combination of body contouring procedures normally have experienced one or more of the following:
- Excessive weight loss
- Weight fluctuations over time
Body contouring is for people at a stable weight; it is not a weight loss program. If you are still losing significant weight, pockets of sagging skin can return post-operatively. Also, if you gain weight too rapidly after the surgery, you can develop large scars and stretch marks on the sensitive skin tissue. You must be dedicated to maintaining your new body proportions after body contouring.
Most people think only about weight loss, neglecting to consider the effects of weight gain and loss on your skin. You’ve hit your weight loss numbers, but what about that sagging skin? Body contouring will change the shape of your body to proportions that cannot be achieved through diet and exercise alone.
Body Contouring Procedures
Before your surgery, you will have an initial consultation with Dr. Saltz, where you’ll discuss your goals and expectations for the various procedures involved in your body contouring surgery. Dr. Saltz will tell you if these expectations are realistic and achievable. It’s a good idea to do some research beforehand on the various procedures you’re interested in. Look at before-and-after photos and become familiar with the surgeries. Then, you’ll be better prepared to discuss what you’d like to accomplish in your individual body contouring.
Obviously, where your incisions will be located is entirely dependent on the body areas you seek to address. If a tummy tuck is part of your contouring, for example, the incision is usually made where it can be hidden by the bikini line. This is Dr. Saltz’ approach with all body contouring procedures — keeping the incisions as inconspicuous as possible. In any area treated, Dr. Saltz will lift and pull back the skin to create a new shape while removing excess skin. Muscle and tissue are pulled back in place in order to support the new structure.
After your body contouring surgery, dressings and bandages will be placed to cover the incision areas. You will likely have drainage tubes inserted at some of the sites to drain fluids caused by the surgical trauma. You’ll need to wear compression garments on some of the areas to reduce swelling and to help your body adjust to its new contour.
Be sure to follow all of your post-operative instructions carefully. Recovery times are dependent on the procedures and areas involved. It is important to remember to be gentle with your incision sites, and you’ll have to avoid any physical activity for up to six weeks following body contouring.
Procedure statistics – more than 600 cases.
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