Body sculpting through surgery includes different techniques to address different problems. Some techniques will enhance areas of the body while others are designed to reduce fatty deposits. Reduction surgery like liposuction is generally performed on fatty deposits that have been resistant to diet and exercise. It is not considered a method of weight loss, but rather a method for improving body contours where weight loss and exercise have failed to provide optimum results.
Liposuction is a procedure for removing fatty deposits under the skin, generally in the hips, thighs and buttocks. The surgeon makes small incisions and uses a vacuum-like device to remove fat cells from the desired area. Liposuction is surgery and a recovery period is required. The usual complications of infection and adverse reaction to anesthetic apply to liposuction.
Abdominoplasty is also known as a tummy tuck. It targets the midsection and removes excess skin and fat deposits. It requires a larger incision than liposuction, but cosmetic surgeons hide the scars in the body’s natural folds. This surgery is popular with woman who have excess skin from childbirth and people who have lost a large amount of weight.
Implant surgery improves the contours of the body by enhancing targeted areas. Popular areas for implants are the breasts, buttocks and calves in women and the pectorals, biceps, calves and buttocks in men. When exercise fails to improve the appearance of these areas, implants can add the desired contours.
There are also lower and complete body lifts in which a surgeon removes excess skin and fatty deposits. The lift can be applied to many areas of the body including the arms, thighs, buttocks and breasts. The size and location of incisions vary depending on the particular procedure. These procedures are most popular among people who have lost a large amount of weight, and those seeking to return aging body contours to a more youthful appearance.
The advantages of body sculpting are an improvement in self image and increased confidence. When body image inhibits a person from participating in enjoyable or normal activities, that person may be a good candidate for this type of surgery. Each individual has their own reasons for seeking body contouring surgery.
To learn more about body sculpting and whether it is right for you, contact a cosmetic surgeon in your area. Make sure your surgeon has experience in the procedure which you are considering.