What is body contouring?
Surgical body contouring following major weight loss removes excess sagging fat and skin while improving the shape of the underlying support tissue. The result is a more normal appearance with smoother contours.
Dramatic weight loss has many benefits. But after weight reduction surgery, or any substantial amount of weight loss, the skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to conform to the reduced body size.
Body contouring procedures may include:
Facelift: Sagging of the mid-face, jowls, and neck
Breast lift: Sagging, flattened breasts
Tummy tuck: Apron of excess skin hanging over the abdomen
Lower body lifts: Sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs
Medial thigh lift: Sagging of the inner, outer and mid-thigh.
Arm lift: Sagging of the upper arms
Body contouring candidates:
In general, good body contouring candidates are:
►Adults whose weight loss has stabilized
►Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery.
►Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic
►Individuals that are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness.
Body Contouring: Is It For You?
Not everyone who loses a lot of weight needs body-contouring. Moreover, experts say, not everyone needs it for the entire body.
"A lot depends on your age, your genetics, and level of sun exposure, how evenly the weight was distributed, and, more importantly, how you feel when you look in the mirror." "If you're not unhappy about the way you look, you shouldn't be made to feel you need body- contouring surgery."
Those least likely to want or need the procedure are usually under age 40. "The majority of the patients for this treatment are over 40. It's pretty hard to avoid the slackening effect of the skin after that age."
The results of body contouring are generally long lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of your initial improvement should be relatively permanent.
Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results within expected time and more time is required.