What Is Body Contouring?
It is becoming increasingly common for patients to experience massive weight loss, whether through bariatric surgery or new diet and exercise routines. After all the hard work and effort put into successful weight loss, you may still be disappointed with your appearance. Unless you are very fortunate, your skin may have lost elasticity and may be loose, hanging or have stretch marks. In these cases, patients may seek body contouring procedures. Body contouring involves one or more surgical procedures that lift, tighten, and improve your appearance. These procedures result in a better-proportioned body with appropriate contours.
Candidates for Body Contouring
Candidates for body contouring procedures include adults that now have stabilized their weight. Patients must also be generally healthy, do not smoke, and have realistic goals of their surgical outcomes. Additionally, it is important that patients are will continue to live a healthy lifestyle. While body contouring procedures can help after weight loss the effects are not permanent if a candidate gains weight after surgery.
Body Contouring Procedures
Dr. Eric S. Schaffer, board certified plastic surgeon, offers a variety of body contouring procedures that are designed to tighten, lift and remove excess damaged skin, revealing the new thinner you. Great advances may finally allow you to have the body of your dreams. These body contouring procedures include:
- Arm Lift
- Back/Buttock Lift
- Body Lift
- Thigh Lift
- Tummy Tuck
- Mommy Makeover
An arm lift, or a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that is done to remove loose or hanging skin from the underside of the upper arm. Patients could have excess skin as a result of extreme weight loss or aging and sunlight exposure. Arm lift candidates may also not have any excess skin but are unhappy due to overall girth and thickness of the arm.
A back/buttock lift enhances the size and shape of the butt while producing a slimmer backside. This procedure is ideal for patients that want to contouring their back and buttock. Dr. Schaffer can lift the body from the butt all the way up to the underside of the bra.
Thigh lift surgery reshapes the upper legs by removing excess fat and skin. A thigh lift can target an area that is not affected by diet and exercise and produce firmer and more proportional thighs. Liposuction can be combined with a thigh lift in order to remove the excess fat before undergoing surgery.
Before & After Body Contouring
A body lift is a surgical procedure that covers the abdominal area, buttocks, and thighs. The procedure improves the shape of your midsection by removing excess skin and toning the underlying tissue. A body lift cannot remove excess fat so patients must be at a weight they are comfortable with before surgery.
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that tightens the muscles in the midsection. In addition, during an abdominoplasty Dr. Schaffer removes excess skin from the midsection and the sides of the body. Patients can undergo a tummy tuck to remove stretch marks or target areas that are diet and exercise resistant.
Mommy makeover is a term that encompasses a combination of body contouring procedures. A mommy makeover can include a tummy tuck with or without liposuction and a breast augmentation, reduction, or lift. Patients choose to combine these procedures in order to produce consistency throughout the body and stunning results. Mommy makeover is not a standard set of procedures, therefore, a consultation with Dr. Schaffer will determine which combination is best for you.