Body Contouring

Almost everyone has stubborn fat pockets that refuse to disappear no matter what they do. You could stick to a strict workout routine and eat a healthy diet every day. However, the pouch on your lower abdomen or the rubbing region of your thighs will not go away. It’s also possible that you’ve previously dropped a significant amount of weight and are now carrying excess skin from your past. Perhaps you’re tucking it into your jeans or concealing it with other clothes. In either of these cases, body contouring can help.

Body contouring is a technique that sculpts and outlines the body by removing extra fat and skin in order to achieve the desired shape.

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Body contouring, also known as body shaping, refers to surgical operations that enhance the appearance of skin and tissue following significant weight loss. It can also be done on people who have always sustained a healthy weight or have lost a small amount of weight. The most important thing to remember is that body contouring is not a weight-loss method. The stubborn fats and excess skin that cannot be exercised are the main targets of this procedure. They’re usually reserved for patients who have reached a stable, healthy weight.

Body contouring can either be a surgical or non-surgical procedure. Here are  some of the procedures for body shaping:

  • Lipolysis is a non-surgical body shaping technique. Lipolysis can be accomplished in several ways like:
    1. Cryolipolysis is a technique for destroying fat cells by freezing them.
    2. Deoxycholic acid is injected into the body to target fat cells in injection lipolysis.
    3. Laser lipolysis is a procedure that employs lasers to eliminate fat cells.
    4. Ultrasound waves and heat are used in radiofrequency lipolysis to target fat cells.
  • SmartLipo is a noninvasive process that uses lasers to dissolve fat easily. Tissue contraction is aided by heating. This procedure can be used on any part of the body, although doctors suggest using it on smaller locations like the submental area such as the neck.
  • Fillers and injectables use of fillers and injectables aren’t limited to the face. These are also used to plump up and smooth out regions of the body. Although the effects aren’t as dramatic as a tummy tuck, liposuction, or Brazilian butt lift, they can nonetheless help to contour the body by removing dimpling or cellulite.

While below are the procedures that involve surgery:

  • Abdominoplasty. This procedure, often known as a tummy tuck, involves the removal of extra skin and tissue from the abdominal area and the tightening of the underlying muscles to obtain a flatter abdomen.
  • Arm and thigh Lift. Also known as a Brachioplasty, removes excess fat and skin from the upper arm between the armpit and the elbow, smoothing the skin and improving curves. Both an arm and a thigh lift have the same purpose. These procedures provide patients with the defined and toned arms and thighs they desire.
  • Brazilian Butt Lift. To get your ideal behind, liposuction and augmentation are used in this procedure. The operation aims to boost buttock volume while reducing fat in the tummy, hips, lower back, and thighs. Overall, it improves the appearance of your bottom half.
  • Body Lift. It contours and tones the aforementioned regions while removing sagging, unsightly fat and skin. If you want to get rid of excess fat, your surgeon may recommend liposuction in addition to a body lift.
  • Liposuction. Since this procedure removes fat from the body, it is likely the most popular operation. Although the procedure reduces the number of fat cells in the body, some will remain, which can inflate and deflate depending on future habits. It can be used on areas including the chin, neck, upper arms, chest, back, belly, buttocks, hips, and thighs that haven’t responded to a good diet and exercise routine.
  • Panniculectomy. Although similar to a tummy tuck, the distinction between a panniculectomy and abdominoplasty is that the former does not tighten the abdominal muscles like a tummy tuck.  According to the Mayo Clinic, the surgery focuses entirely on removing hanging skin and fat from your lower abdomen to create a sleeker abdominal profile. Patients usually have this procedure after losing a significant amount of weight.

During Recovery

Body shaping operations frequently necessitate general anesthesia and at least an overnight stay. Wound healing issues, asymmetry, and permanent contour defects are the main dangers of surgery.

Operative drains may be required after surgery to remove any extra fluid or blood accumulated at the surgical site. Your doctor will instruct you on how to utilize and maintain your drain. You may also be required to wear a compression garment for six to eight weeks, depending on your doctor.

The first discomfort could last up to four weeks, and a full recovery could take months. Depending on your operation, the size of your scars will vary. Body shaping surgery, for example, leaves more scars than liposuction. The outcome of body reshaping treatments varies from person to person. To address issues or obtain desired results, revision surgery may be required.

The Benefits

Even if they’ve reached their weight-loss target, many men and women discover that their additional skin makes them look overweight. The excess girth hinders movement, even if they’re now physically fit. Excess skin will be removed from the body during body contouring operations, as well as various other advantages:

  • A single procedure/session can target a variety of body parts.
  • It has a big impact on comfort.
  • Areas that have remained stubborn will finally be fixed and corrected.
  • It employs tried-and-true approaches that have been used for decades.
  • The outcomes are long-lasting.

Your overall results are the end outcome of your treatment, and they normally appear three to six months after you finish it or when you are completely recovered. Whether you had a surgical or non-surgical procedure, the time it takes to see the ultimate results varies.


Both surgical and non-surgical treatments can have long-term results, up to ten years or more. This form of treatment is thought to be a long-term remedy. After you’ve recovered, the best method to ensure long-term outcomes is to maintain a stable weight and a regular exercise regimen. The results of your therapy will last a lifetime, provided you live a healthy lifestyle and make good lifestyle choices.


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