If you’re considering body contouring to help refine your physique, it’s important to know what your procedure options are. Your concerns and goals will be the deciding factors on which body contouring procedures are best for your needs. Whether you’ve lost weight through lifestyle changes or weight loss surgery, or are ready to refresh your figure after pregnancy, body contouring can be an excellent way to get you closer to the shape you want.
Some common concerns for people who have lost significant amounts of weight are excess sagging skin and stubborn fat. Most often with loose skin after weight loss, the skin and underlying tissue have been stretched beyond its limits, often for an extended period of time, that it can no longer bounce back.
This loss of elasticity is due to a decrease in collagen and elastin, which are the main components for keeping the skin strong and supple. A decrease in collagen and elastin can be contributed to damage caused by overstretching, aging and genetics. Depending on these factors you may have more or less sagging.
By addressing the excess skin, fat and tissue, body contouring procedures can help improve your appearance and get the shape you desire. And there are body contouring procedures for just about every area of the body.
Stomach and Waistline
Body contouring can be used on the abdominal area to help create a shapelier stomach and waistline. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can remove excess skin from your abdomen, while also helping to repair stretched abdominal muscles.
To build on that reshaping, liposuction can also be included to help remove stubborn fat around the midsection, offering you a slimmer and more contoured waistline.
If you are looking for a non-surgical option, CoolSculpting® is an alternative that requires no downtime, no anesthesia and no incisions. This procedure uses cryolipolysis technology to freeze and eliminate stubborn fat cells.
Buttocks, Hips, Arms or Thighs
After significant weight loss, unwanted sagging skin and pockets of fat can remain on the hips, thighs arms and buttocks. Liposuction can be used in these areas to address the stubborn excess fat. And for sagging skin, post-weight loss surgery that combines body contouring procedures can help tighten and lift the excess skin. Common procedures included in post-weight loss surgery include:
- Tummy tuck
- Lower body lift
- Arm lift
- Breast lift
- Butt lift
- Thigh lift
- Neck lift
Smartlipo MPX™️ is another option for reducing stubborn fat and tightening the skin at the same time. This laser-assisted form of liposuction can provide a reduced procedure time as well as less downtime after surgery.
Male Breast Reduction
For men, excess weight can often contribute to excess breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia. A male breast reduction is a minimally invasive procedure that reduces tissue and fat in the chest to create a more masculine appearance.
Many women dream of having their pre-pregnancy figure back after they’ve completed their family. A mommy makeover can provide a customizable treatment option to address many of the common pregnancy-related concerns. This body contouring procedure is actually a combination of procedures designed to address the changes that pregnancy can make to the body. Lax skin and stretched muscles in the abdominal area can be addressed with a tummy tuck, while sagging breasts can be lifted with a breast lift.
Mommy makeovers are versatile and can include both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. However, some of the most common procedures included are:
- Breast Enhancement
No matter what your concerns are after weight loss, there are a variety of body sculpting procedures that could help you achieve the shape you desire.
Dr. Chang earned his medical degree from Columbia University after graduating magna cum laude from Yale, and then completed a combined general and plastic surgery residency at Stanford University Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. After becoming a board-certified plastic surgeon, he returned to his home state and established Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, one of the premier cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery practices between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.