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The Facts About Body Contouring

Many of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures target facial features.  However, cosmetic surgery for the rest of the body is just as important a field, and that’s even without taking breast augmentation into consideration.  We know that appearance matters in this day and age, and any sort of appearance-related issue can have detrimental consequences.  When people aren’t comfortable with their appearance, it can make it nearly impossible for them to live their lives to the fullest, and sometimes, even regarding the body as opposed to the face, the issue cannot be corrected effectively through any means but cosmetic surgery.  Body contouring refers to most types of cosmetic surgery that involve the body.  These operations aim to change the shape of the body, usually by removing extra fat or other tissues and by tightening the remaining tissues.

The most common body contouring operation is liposuction”.  In liposuction, the surgeon uses a surgical tube device called a cannula and a suction device called an aspirator to remove fat.  The surgeon makes a small incision in the area in question, and liquid is added to the area to balance out the amount of fat being removed.  Liposuction is so popular because of its effectiveness in dealing with a problem faced by many people.  It does not function as a weight-loss tactic, as the actual quantity of fat eliminated is quite small; liposuction is actually simply a way of eliminating fat from certain problem areas, and is only appropriate for healthy individuals who have tried diet and exercise.  Among these areas are the midsection, the legs, below the chin, and the love handles.  Recently, more refined liposuction techniques such as Liposculpture and SmartLipo have been developed, which target more specific areas and involve even fewer drawbacks.

The abdominoplasty, also known as the “tummy tuck,” is another popular body contouring operation.  This operation is intended to tighten loose skin and excise tissues causing the appearance of looseness from the the belly area, an issue which is particularly common with people who have lost significant amounts of weight, and women who have been pregnant.  Incisions may be made in different locations depending on the extensiveness of the procedure.  In some instances, it may be possible to complete the operation with the use of only one incision.  The navel may also be moved upward as part of the tummy tuck operation if necessary.

The various types of body lifts available are another type of body contouring.  Thigh lifts and buttock lifts are two of the more common procedures in this group.  Buttock lifts and thigh lifts are similar in the sense that, in both cases, the target areas have excess skin and/or fat removed before the remaining tissues are tightened.  Both result in a more youthful, fitter-looking appearance to the area.  An abdominoplasty may also be performed alongside a thigh lift and buttock lift, and this combination operation is called a lower body lift.  Similarly, the upper body lift combines the upper arm lift, which addresses the “batwing” appearance that affects many women, and the breast lift, which, perhaps not surprisingly, sees the breasts lifted.  Upper and lower body lifts may be combined into a “full body lift,” which is one of the most drastic cosmetic surgical procedures currently being performed.

Certain types of implants, including buttock implants and calf implants, are also considered part of the body contouring field.  Buttock implants aim to increase the volume of the buttock area, and can also lead to a fitter look and sensation.  Some genetic issues which involve a reduction in muscle tone of the legs are also often addressed through the use of calf implants.  They are also sometimes chosen for purely cosmetic reasons.  Calf implantation is a procedure particularly popular among bodybuilders, due to the fact that the calves can be difficult to build up even when the “correct” training program is adhered to.

All surgical procedures certain risks, and the patient will also be required to adhere to a strict recovery schedule.  Consult with a surgeon if you would like to find out if one of these operations is appropriate for you.