Body contouring procedures can help people reshape areas of the body that cannot be improved by other means, such as fitness, diet and skin care.
Commonly performed procedures include:
- Tummy Tucks (Abdominoplasty): Our bodies change with age, after childbirth, and after weight loss. Abdomens become lax and saggy. Although exercise can help muscles, it cannot change the skin. An abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdominal region. It can also restore weakened or separated muscles creating a tummy that is smoother and firmer. Minimal skin excess can be treated with short scar mini-abdominoplasties. Abdominoplasties can also be combined with liposuction of the flanks or other areas.
- Liposuction: This procedure removes excess fat from the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts, back, arms, or neck. It is popular with both men and women. Liposuction involves the use of a small stainless steel tube, called a cannula that is connected to a powerful suction pump and inserted into the fat through small incisions in the skin. Fat removal is accomplished as the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers. After surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse and thus result in an improved body contour. Sometimes laser or ultrasonic cannulas are used. The only visible scar is the small scar where the port enters the body. Certain small areas of fat can be treated with local anesthesia and minimal down time.
- Arm Lift (Brachioplasty): An arm lift reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the elbow to the shoulder. Often seen after weight loss or with age, flabby arms can be recontoured and tightened to fit into clothing and look proportionate to the rest of the body.
- Thigh Lift: Fatty bulges in the inner thigh can cause rubbing, chaffing, rashes, and difficulty with exercising. A thigh lift removes skin and fat from the inner, upper portion of the leg, resulting in a smoother, more toned look to the legs.