Body contouring refers to cosmetic procedures designed to remove excess skin and fat causing aesthetic issues, which also includes skin tightening. These procedures can thin down problematic areas and restore smooth body contours after weight loss or skin sagging : liposuction, fat grafting, tummy tuck, lifting techniques and volume augmentation procedures.
Do these procedures have specific benefits ?
Body contouring procedures are the only efficient and permanent solution to body imperfections occurring after weight fluctuations, pregnancy or premature aging of the skin.
Who is the ideal candidate to body contouring ?
A lot of these techniques were intended for previously obese patients but have been found beneficial for pregnant women (post-partum) as well as patients presenting with excess skin and skin sagging. Typically, body contouring techniques are recommended when skin and sometimes muscle slackening impairs daily activities.
Does combining body contouring procedures increases risks ?
Surgical risks can increase beyond a certain operating time. Qualified surgeons know which procedures can be combined and which procedures have to be performed individually in order to limit time spent under general anesthesia. While combining procedures is less expensive, it is sometimes preferable to perform them individually, especially for longer and more extensive surgeries. Body contouring techniques differ a lot, with operating times ranging from 30 minutes to 4 hours.
What are the postoperative instructions after body contouring ?
In order to preserve the result of the operation, patients have to follow their surgeon’s instructions and ignore any other advice or information read in magazines or on the web. Surgeons know their patient’s medical history and perform a medical examination. Postoperative instructions are based on this information and often include specific care for each patient. Typically, resting is always needed during 1 to 3 weeks depending of the operation and medication is prescribed by the surgeons to alleviate discomfort and help the healing process.