Body contouring attempts to restore a more youthful profile to your abdomen, waistline, arms and legs that may have been lost by pregnancy, weight loss and the aging process and includes a variety of procedures.
If your skin still retains its elasticity, simpler procedures using liposuction or liposculpture can be used. However, in cases where your skin has lost its elasticity, surgery will probably be needed to give you the type of improvement you seek. Body contouring procedures may also be combined with non-surgical techniques that can improve circulation and accelerate healing. Ultimately, the goal of all body contouring should be a more youthful and pleasing shape.
• Liposuction - if you have stubborn areas of fat despite exercising and dieting these could be evened out with liposuction. This process uses a hollow tube (cannula) to remove fat from under the skin and recontour these areas. It is important to remember that liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss.
• Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) - this can remove abdominal fat and skin and allow tightening of the underlying muscles. Depending on the amount of skin to be removed, stretch marks from pregnancy and scars from Caesarian births could be removed as well. This procedure is also used in cases where substantial weight loss has resulted in a lot of loose abdominal skin, and is sometimes combined with liposuction.
• Arm Reduction - weight loss and aging can both cause the insides of upper arms to become slack and wrinkled. This type of surgery is able to remove this excess skin, but will leave a scar on the underside of the arm.
• Thigh Reduction - weight loss and aging can both cause the insides of thighs to become loose and wrinkled. This surgery is able to remove this excess skin, but will leave a scar on the inside of the thigh.