Breast and body-contouring surgery, discussed in the literature for hundreds of years, has increasingly evolved over time. While new techniques are hardly ever actually new (once an intensive literature search is done), we do see change, whether it be the addition of a new suspension suture or a combination of techniques that were not combined before.
This field has applications across a broad swath of the population, from the petite “mommy” looking for a makeover to the male who lost more than 100 lb after gastric bypass surgery. There are many techniques to cover, and we aim to include an excellent representation. The endpoint of breast and body-contouring surgery is provision of the best possible contour while respecting important safety issues and continually innovating to improve outcomes
Who is a good candidate for Surgical body Lifts?
To be a good candidate for body contouring you should:
- Be a healthy adult
- Have any major weight loss stabilized
- Have a commitment to a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition, diet and exercise
- Have a positive outlook and realistic goals
- Be a non-smoker for any skin tightening procedures
- Have no medical conditions that would increase risk of surgery
- Have no medical situations that would impair healing
Why People choose Surgical Body Lifts?
Giving birth and breastfeeding can take their toll on a woman’s shape. Body contouring can help bring back the body to its pre-childbearing form. People who lose a significant amount of weight feel healthier, more energetic and lighter on their feet. However, their skin will likely remain stretched and they may want to tighten up and sculpt various areas of their body. Body contouring is the answer. As age and gravity push and pull the body out of shape, it’s nice to know body contouring is there to bring it back to its natural shape.
Areas of the body commonly addressed with body shaping. Any part of the body can be addressed with body contouring and aesthetic plastic surgery. Some of the common area’s patients seek to improve are:
- Skin Removal After Severe Weight Loss
What should I Prepare Surgical Body Shaping (Lifts)?
During your body contouring consultation be prepared to discuss:
- Your surgical goals
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and previous medical treatments
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
- Previous surgeries
Your plastic surgeon will:
- Evaluate your general health and any preexisting health conditions or risk factors
- Examine your body and take detailed measurements
- Take photographs for your medical record
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of body contouring and any risks or potential complications
The success and safety of your procedure depends on your complete candidness during your consultation. Be sure to ask questions. To help, we have prepared a checklist of questions to ask your body contouring surgeon that you can take with you to your consultation.
It’s very important to understand all aspects of your body contouring procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing any concerns with your plastic surgeon.
What questions should I ask about Surgical body contouring?
Use this checklist as a guide during your body contouring consultation:
- Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
- Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
- How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
- Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
- Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
- Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
- What will be expected of me to get the best results?
- Where and how will you perform my procedure?
- What surgical technique is recommended for me?
- How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
- What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
- How are complications handled?
- How can I expect to look over time? After pregnancy?
- What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my procedure?
- Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?
What are the risks of Surgical body Shaping ?
The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal, and you will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if therisks and potential complications of body contouring surgery are acceptable.
You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications. Body contouring risks include:
- Fluid accumulation
- Poor wound healing
- Skin loss
- Blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism
- Excessive or widened scars
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Anesthesia risks
- Unfavorable scarring
- Residual skin laxity or contour irregularity
These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.
How should I prepare for Surgical body Lifts?
In preparing for body contouring surgery, you may be asked to:
- Get cleared for surgery by your bariatric surgeon and/or primary care doctor
- Get a lab test
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements or other medications that may increase bleeding
Body contouring surgery should be performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility, a licensed ambulatory surgical center or a hospital. If your body contouring is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.
What are the steps of Surgical Body Shaping procedure?
The procedures necessary to achieve your goals will be defined along with a plan for the timing of these procedures. Plastic surgery procedures that may be recommended by your physician include:
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
All body contouring procedures require large incisions to remove excess skin. In many cases, these incisions may be extensive. Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as personal preference and your doctor’s surgical judgment. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing, but this is not always the case.
Body contouring is often performed in stages. Your particular condition and goals, as well as your plastic surgeon’s best judgment, will all influence how your doctor defines a surgical plan. While it may have taken you two years or more to lose all the excess weight, it may take equally as long for the results of your body contouring to be complete.
What to expect after body contouring surgery?
What should I expect during my body contouring recovery?
During your recovery from body contouring surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions following the procedure. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. You will be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the surgical site(s).
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing.
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health.
- When to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
Be sure to ask your body contouring surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period:
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?
- Are stitched removed? When?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
Body contouring recovery at home
You may be instructed to avoid bending, straining or lifting for several days to weeks.
Where tightening of the abdomen or thighs is involved, your plastic surgeon may also instruct you to avoid standing fully upright and stressing any internal sutures as they heal, and to sleep with pillows elevating your knees.
To minimize the risk of DVT (blood clots in the legs) you will need to be up and walking as soon as possible and drinking plenty of fluid.
What results should I expect after body contouring?
The results of body contouring following significant weight loss are visible almost immediately; however, it can take two years or more to see the final results.
Visible scars are something you must accept to achieve a body contour that matches your new weight and proportion.
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 remain.
Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
Following your physician’s instructions is critical to the success of your surgery.
It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, motion, swelling or abrasion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
There is increasing public, medical, and scientific awareness about the many hazards of obesity. Western culture and media often promote a slim body image. Excess body fat poses systemic health problems. Unwanted local fat deposits negatively affect body shape and image. Diets, exercise, medications and/ liposuction or gastric surgeries may effectively control obesity
Body shaping can dramatically improve the shape and proportion of your body, enhancing your appearance and boosting your self-confidence. Improvements to your body’s shape and overall body shaping by non-surgical fat reduction and/or skin tightening. We make Body shaping in one surgical session or in stages depending on your overall health, the type and extent of procedures, along with the outcome from discussions and recommendations of Prof. Moawad during the consultation process.
Conventional fat removal through liposuction, which has evolved as a minimally invasive alternative, to remove fat through a cannula inserted through several small skin incisions. Liposuction is typically safe, when performed by highly skilled physicians, performed as an office procedure with tumescent anesthesia. It stays the gold standard treatment for fat reduction and body shaping.
Areas treated by body shaping include the neck, upper arms, female and male breasts, abdomen, flanks, back, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees and ankles. Body shaping surgery can help many people reshape body features that cannot improved by other measures.
Nonsurgical and minimally invasive options for fat reduction include technology that uses heat or cooling or an injected medication to reduce fat cells. While none of these treatments are a replacement for liposuction, they supply options for patients unwilling or unable to undergo surgery. Nonsurgical fat reduction options use a variety of modalities, including ultrasound, radio frequency, infrared light, vacuum massage and injectable medication.
Among the procedures of nonsurgical fat reduction; cryolipolysis (e.g., CoolSculpting), injection lipolysis (e.g., Kybella), radiofrequency lipolysis (e.g., Vanquish) and laser lipolysis (e.g., SculpSure). Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not have any of the procedures. Non-surgical liposuction alternatives are big business. You have undergone one of these treatments or you are thinking about it. There is a lot of hype around, so it is important to know what each treatment can achieve before you take the plunge and pay out a considerable sum of money for a treatment.
One of the beautiful things about body contouring is its essentially personal nature. No two body shaping procedures are exactly alike. When you come in for a consultation we can discuss what areas of your body you would most like to improve and what we can do to make you look your very best.
The term cellulite refers to the ‘orange peel,’ ‘mattress,’ or ‘dimpling’ appearance on the thighs, buttocks and sometimes lower abdomen and upper parts of the arms of otherwise healthy women. Approximately 85% of post-pubertal woman have a form of cellulite. This appearance is much more common in women than in men because of differences in the way fat, muscle, and connective tissue are distributed in men and women’s skin. Although rarely observed in men, those men presenting with cellulite are commonly deficient in male hormones. The lumpiness of cellulite is caused by fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath skin, leading to the characteristic changes in appearance of the skin.