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Body Contouring

While each human body is beautiful in its own way, some people wish they could improve their body shape. Body contouring is about enhancing your body shape in certain ways so that you look your best. With various body contouring procedures, significant improvements can be made to enhance your body contours and give you a more attractive silhouette.

What Can Body Contouring Correct?

Stubborn Fat
Pockets

Disproportionate amounts of fat in certain areas of the body may negatively affect your self-image. People with stubborn fat pockets can benefit from body contouring procedures like liposuction. Body contouring can remove excess fat and trim and tone your body shape.

Poor
Skin
Tone

Sagging skin, rippled skin, and cellulite are examples of poor skin tone that can result from aging or massive weight loss. Body contouring procedures such as the lower body lift, arm lift, thigh lift, and breast lift can remove excess skin to tighten your appearance and create firmer, smoother contours.

The Effects of Massive Weight
Loss

When massive weight loss occurs, the body is left with hanging skin and localized fat. This is particularly true for those who lose a lot of weight in a short period of time, such as bariatric patients. Massive weight loss patients are excellent candidates for body contouring procedures. These procedures can remove stubborn fat and hanging skin so that their bodies look more natural and well-shaped.

Body Contouring Procedures

Liposuction

Liposuction can eliminate unsightly bulges of fat from stubborn fat pockets nearly anywhere on the body.

This procedure is best for those who retain good skin tone and need small amounts of localized fat removed.

Body Lift

A body lift can remove excess fat and hanging skin from the abdomen, groin, thighs, and buttocks.

This procedure is best for those who have poor skin tone in these areas and who need large amounts of skin and fat removed, especially after major weight loss.

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift can improve the contour of the legs by removing excess fat and skin from the outer and inner thighs.

This procedure is best for those with poor skin tone and stubborn fat in the upper legs.

Arm Lift

An arm lift can improve the contour of the upper arms by removing excess skin and fat.

This procedure is best for those who have “bat wings” or hanging upper arm skin and fat, especially after major weight loss

Breast Lift

A breast lift can improve the appearance of the breasts by surgically lifting and repositioning the breasts and nipple-areolar complexes.

This procedure is best for those whose breasts are severely sagging. It can also be combined with breast augmentation or breast reduction to further improve the appearance, shape, and volume of the breasts.

Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty can improve the contour of the abdomen by removing sagging skin, eliminating excess fat, and tightening weakened abdominal muscles.

This procedure is best for those who have experienced major weight loss or pregnancy and are left with sagging skin, stubborn fat pockets, and loose abdominal muscles.

Fat Injections

Fat injections, also called fat grafting, can take the fat removed with liposuction and inject it into other areas of the body to improve your body shape.

This procedure is best for those who have areas of volume loss in the face, breast, buttocks, or other areas where more fat would enhance body contours.

Addressing Your Concerns

It is common to experience bruising, swelling, redness, and discomfort after body contouring procedures. These are only temporary and will subside over the course of your recovery. Depending on which procedure(s) you undergo, you may feel well enough to return to work within one to two weeks. Most patients should refrain from strenuous physical activities for approximately four to six weeks after body contouring. Dr. Boyd can give you more details about your recovery based on your health and the procedure(s) you undergo.

With the exception of liposuction, body contouring procedures tend to leave more prominent scarring than other surgical procedures. These incisions are hidden in inconspicuous places, such as on the underside of the arms, within the bikini line, in the groin crease, or beneath the breasts. Your scarring is likely to fade over time. If you undergo liposuction, you may have tiny scars that are difficult to detect or no scarring at all.

The cost of body contouring is determined on a patient-by-patient basis. The main factors that influence cost are the extent of surgery to be performed, the expected operative time, the use of implants or prostheses, general anesthesia, and facility fees. During your consultation, you will be provided with an accurate and complete quote based on an evaluation of your needs and goals as well as the amount of surgery required to achieve them.

It is common to experience discomfort after body contouring procedures. This discomfort may feel like soreness, tightness, aching, tingling, or a dull pain. Oral pain medications will be prescribed to alleviate any discomfort as you recover so that you can more readily look forward to visualizing your anticipated results.

Before & After

Frequently Asked Questions

Not everyone who desires body contouring will have sagging skin or fat deposits in the same location or to the same extent. You should consider whether you need both skin and fat removal, what areas of your body need treatment, and whether you have areas of volume loss that may respond to fat injections. Dr. Boyd will conduct an evaluation of your goals and your anatomical needs during your consultation to help you determine which procedure(s) would benefit you most.

While many candidates for body contouring procedures will be patients who have undergone massive weight loss, you do not need to have endured massive weight loss to be a suitable candidate for body contouring. You may need removal of sagging skin due to aging or moderate weight loss, or you may have no sagging skin but need elimination of stubborn fat pockets. Body contouring procedures are designed to help any individual who would like tighter skin and diminished localized fat.

Firstly, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. A good body contouring surgeon will have extensive experience and will recognize that even though body contouring can work wonders, it cannot turn you into something that you are not. The potential for contouring your body is limited to your existing musculoskeletal structure and skin envelope. Some surgeons consider themselves “artists” and claim to be able to accomplish virtually anything. However, more realistic surgeons like Dr. Brian Boyd can skillfully perform body contouring surgery to draw more attention to your naturally beautiful and unique body shape. Dr. Boyd has broad experience conducting body contouring procedures and will be happy to answer all your questions with complete professionalism in our comfortable office environment.

Since body contouring often employs extensive skin incisions and tissue resection, general anesthesia is most often used. The exception to this may be for those who need minimal correction with liposuction only, in which case local anesthesia may be employed.

After body contouring procedures, you can look forward to a more trim and toned body. If you had excess skin removed, your silhouette will be smoother and more attractive. If you only needed fat removal with liposuction, you will look leaner and trimmer. If you had fat injections, you will observe more roundness where it was previously lacking and more slenderness where there used to be excess fat. The results of body contouring can hide the fact that you went through massive weight loss or that you previously had hanging skin or fat deposits. Body contouring can help you look and feel more attractive, more youthful, and more confident.