What is body contouring?

The surgeon uses a scalpel and liposuction to remove excess fat.

The term body contouring is an umbrella term for a wide range of surgeries and procedures intended to reshape, redefine, tighten, tone and/or improve the overall appearance of the physique. Procedures that fall under the category of body contouring include implants, a redistribution of body fat, abdominal attack, spider vein treatment, cellulite treatments, exaggerated tummy tuck, full body lift and many others.

Most body contouring procedures are followed by bruising.

The number of people undergoing weight loss procedures such as stomach reduction surgery and lap band placement has increased dramatically in recent years. These are the patients most often considered suitable candidates for body shaping procedures. The result of the rapid and dramatic weight loss experienced by those who were once obese often results in excess skin that has lost its elasticity and tone. Bothered by the appearance of this strange skin, patients who lose weight often opt for ongoing surgery to tighten and reshape the affected areas.

During a body contouring procedure, excess fat and skin are trimmed or removed.

A full body lift is a popular body contouring choice in these situations because the problems created by rapid weight loss tend to affect multiple areas and for dramatic improvement, and because all the skin is adhered, the skin must be stretched in all. This procedure usually begins with a tummy tuck, also known as a tummy tuck.

A circular incision is made around the belly button to keep it separate and attached to the body, and another incision is made near the pubic bone. The surgeon then begins pulling the tight muscles and stitches the overlapping layer so that the muscles grow back together. Sometimes pregnancy causes these muscles to separate as well, so this is a procedure used on women with sagging belly skin due to pregnancy as well. Excess fat and skin are trimmed or removed by

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, and the remaining skin is stretched and sewn together. The navel is then relocated.

The other areas adjusted during a full body lift usually include the breasts, arms, legs, thighs and buttocks. Again, the surgeon makes an incision near the area, removes excess fat with a scalpel or liposuction, stretches the skin, trims, and then sutures the patient back together.

Each procedure lasts several hours and is performed under general anesthesia. As with any surgery, patients must be cautious and understand the risks as well as have realistic expectations involved in the body contouring procedure. Most surgeries are followed by some discomfort, swelling, pain, and bruising.

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