Body contouring procedures can change the shape and tone of any one part or several parts of the body. Through surgeries like abdominoplasty, breast lifts, and thigh lifts, body contouring specialist surgeons can reshape unwanted lumps and curves to create a better overall contour. Because there are so many areas of the body that can be altered with body contouring, many patients seek these surgeries for a wide range of reasons. Read on for some of the most popular reasons prospective patients seek body contouring treatments to solve their problems.
Reason #1 – Pregnancy & Childbirth Ruined My Body
No woman’s body comes out of pregnancy and childbirth completely unscathed, so requesting body contouring procedures to combat these issues is fairly common. Gaining weight, stretching the skin, shifting the organs around for a growing person… all of the body’s activities during pregnancy can be uncomfortable, sometimes painful, and devastating the hips, waist, breasts, and almost everywhere else. Luckily, plastic surgeons have caught wise to a mother’s need for some maintenance work and the Mommy Makeover procedure has come to be.
This unique approach to body contouring is actually a collection of procedures designed to target the most affected areas of a woman’s body during pregnancy. Women can customize the Mommy Makeover menu to meet their unique needs, skipping any surgical solutions that aren’t necessary. The procedures included in a Mommy Makeover are all meant to restore a woman’s figure and appearance following pregnancy. They are breast lift and breast augmentation, abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, liposuction, and even a butt augmentation or Brazilian butt lift to enhance a deflated backside. Create your own list of procedures to get your body back in the shape you want. Meet with a plastic surgeon to plan your Mommy Makeover as soon as possible.
Reason #2 – I Lost a Lot of Weight & My Body Just Sags
Losing weight to be healthier is a wonderful thing, but it can be frustrating to deal with the sagging, stretched out skin your extra weight might leave behind. If you’ve lost a dramatic amount of weight, whether from a gastric bypass or just old fashioned exercise and healthy eating, there are surgical options that can help you tone your sleek new body. After all, you don’t want to let your hard work go to waste.
While there are a few different procedures that help remove excess skin and stubborn fat deposits, one of the most requested surgeries following weight loss is an abdominoplasty. During this surgery, also known as a tummy tuck, your surgeon will correct the leftover fat cells and skin while also tightening the underlying tissues. Because the tummy is so hard to improve through diet and exercise, abdominoplasty can sometimes be the only answer to years of struggling to achieve better tone and contour. If this is a struggle for you, consult with a plastic surgeon about abdominoplasty and other procedures to help tone and trim your body.
Reason #3 – I Hate Summer, Because of Swimsuits
Many women hate swimsuit season because of how exposed and vulnerable it can make them feel. Bikinis, tankinis, and even one-piece suits can reveal a woman’s smallest flaws, at least in her own eyes. If you find yourself dreading the summertime because you’ve always felt that your small breasts were out of balance with your body, a breast augmentation can help you.
Breast augmentation is a surgery designed to enhance the appearance, firmness, and size of the breasts with implants. They are often used to balance uneven breasts, add size to breasts that are too small, or create proportion between the breasts and other body features. Breast augmentation can also be used in conjunction with a breast lift procedure or a breast reconstruction. If your breasts are a source of anxiety for you or you find yourself wishing they were larger, a breast augmentation could be the right body contouring surgery for you.
Reason #4 – Gravity Has Been Unkind to My Body
Part of the aging process includes suffering the effects of gravity, which presents itself as sagging, inelastic skin in various places around the body. Some men and women see gravity’s toll on the neck and jaw, some on the arms and abdomen. For many women, the breasts are often the area hit hardest by gravity, aging, and other life factors. Weight gain and loss, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can all help to stretch and damage the skin around the breasts, leaving them to sag down toward the belly button. Breasts that are elongated or pendulous in shape, with enlarged nipples that point downward are often candidates for a breast lift. During this procedure, the breasts are lifted into a more natural position on the body and the excess stretched skin is removed. The nipples will also be repositioned and can be resized as well. If breast volume has also been lost, a breast augmentation may be performed with the lift to create fuller, more youthful breasts.
Reason #5 – My Size Doesn’t Exist
Unfortunately, no woman (or man, for that matter) is going to exactly fit the cookie-cutter apparel selections available to us today. A pair of size 8 jeans might fit in the waist but have an inseam that’s two inches too long. Tailoring is the perfect solution for people with small-scale problems like this. For those men and women who literally cannot find pants to fit their waist and hips at the same time, there’s liposuction.
As a body contouring procedure, liposuction is the most versatile. It can be used to remove fat cells from almost anywhere in the body, adding contour and definition wherever it goes. Now, with advances like SmartLipo Triplex in the mix, liposuction can be performed faster, more accurately, more safely, and with less recovery time for you. SmartLipo is performed with a laser attached to a small cannula, which is inserted into incisions at the treatment site. Here, the laser works to both melt the fat cells that are to be removed while also stimulating collagen growth in the nearby skin cells. The melted fat is suctioned away through the tube, resulting in less bruising and swelling than traditional liposuction. As the collagen growth occurs in the skin near the treatment area, it plumps and firms. SmartLipo not only removes fat effectively, it also corrects any damage to stretched or inelastic skin at the site.
With approaches like SmartLipo, eliminating those unwanted bulges here there and everywhere can become a reality. Shopping for clothes straight off the rack could also be your new reality, so book a consultation to discuss your body’s eligibility for liposuction surgery with a credentialed plastic surgeon today.
Reason #6 – I’m Embarrassed to Wear Sleeveless Tops
Whether age or weight has caused your arms to become saggy and flabby, you probably still get nervous about wearing short sleeves and sleeveless shirts. Excess skin and fat can collect in the upper portion of the arm overtime, leading to the “bat wings” look that no one loves. An arm lift surgery can correct this problem, no matter when or why it started. Through this procedure, also known as brachioplasty, the underside of the arm is reshaped for a smoother, firmer, and more youthful appearance.
An arm lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and will begin with an incision along the inside or back of the arm. Some extensive procedures may involve a longer incision that extends down to the elbow, but this isn’t always necessary. The plastic surgeon will then work to tighten and reshape the underlying tissues of the arm, removing any excess skin before closing the incision. Excess fat cells are often removed using liposuction, if needed. After surgery, your arms will be sleek and lean; you’ll be waiting for an excuse to show them off in a cute new strapless dress.
Where Can You Go for Body Contouring?
Whichever body contouring procedure, or combination thereof, ends up being the right choice for you, you should schedule an initial consultation with a plastic surgeon specializing in these treatments. At Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, Dr. Ran Rubinstein can help you to achieve your best results. With VECTRA 3D Imaging, your consultation will give you an accurate look at the projected results of your SmartLipo treatment.
Renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ran Rubinstein at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists of Newburgh, New York. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is the only specialty plastic surgery practice in the Hudson Valley area with an on-site joint commission certified surgical suite. To contact Dr. Rubinstein, please call 845-863-1772. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is located at 200 Stony Brook Court #2 in Newburgh, New York.