Body Contouring involves re-shaping undesirable areas of your body. The two most common and effective body contouring techniques are liposuction and abdominoplasty. Liposuction removes localized areas of fat through very small incisions and is followed by rapid recovery. I believe that this procedure is especially useful for women and men who are of relatively normal weight but have isolated pockets of fat that cause certain areas of their body to appear disproportionate. These localized fat deposits may be an inherited trait and not responsive to dieting or exercise. Liposuction may be the only way to eliminate these fat deposits. Liposuction also may be used to treat a condition called gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, which occurs among both teenage and adult males. While it is possible to undergo liposuction at almost any age, you will obtain the best results if your skin still has enough elasticity to achieve a smooth contour following fat removal. Liposuction can be performed on several areas of the body at the same time, and it can also be done along with other plastic surgery procedures. Newer techniques of liposuction such as Smart Lipo MPX is ideal for the neck, jaw line, arms, breasts, “bra fat,” abdomen, “love handles”, “saddle bags,” inner and outer thighs and knees. It is an excellent complement to conventional liposuction, resulting in less swelling and a quicker recovery than older traditional methods of liposuction.
Abdominoplasty–better known as a “tummy tuck”–is an operation I often perform to improve abdominal contour. This procedure is performed when the patient has stretch marks, skin excess or weakening of the abdominal muscles. I have seen that most women who have had children will have some laxity of the abdominal wall. The result is a flatter abdominal profile. Liposuction alone cannot treat abdominal wall laxity if it is due to loss of muscle tone. Women and men who have loose abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen can benefit from abdominoplasty. Sometimes these conditions are inherited., in other instances substantial weight loss may cause abdominal skin to become loose. Abdominoplasty also can tighten muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy and I see extremely successful results from this procedure. It is important for me to also note that this procedure has proven effective in improving the appearance of stretch marks, especially those located below the navel.
Both of these procedures will result in an improved body shape and body image and can be done individually or together to achieve the best possible results for each individual. Call my office to set up a free consultation and to talk about the possibilities of improving the shape of your body!