With advances in technology and techniques, the world of cosmetic surgery delivers better results and more efficient recovery. One area of cosmetic surgery that continues to thrive is body contouring. If you’re looking to fine-tune your body shape or are struggling with excess skin either after weight loss or pregnancy, body contouring surgeries continue to be some of the most popular procedures.
Cosmetic Surgery: What is Body Contouring?
Body contouring is a procedure that aims to reshape parts of the body. It could include removing excess skin, targetting stubborn fat, or contouring the shape. Through body contouring, you can improve sagging skin and smooth out the contours of the body.
Body contouring procedures are not weight-loss treatments. Instead, it helps to target areas that have either stopped responding to diet and exercise or after significant weight loss. It’s important that you are at a stable weight before your surgery. If you go through further weight loss after body contouring surgery, you could end up with more sagging skin. On the other end of the spectrum, rapid weight gain could stretch out the skin resulting in scarring or stretch marks.
8 of the Most Popular Body Contouring Surgeries
Interestingly, within most body contouring procedures, there are varying approaches and techniques plastic surgeons utilise to create incredible results. Patients have more options than ever to create their ideal body shape. While nothing replaces a healthy diet and regular exercise, these body contouring surgeries can help you tackle stubborn areas.
Naturally, one of the biggest body contouring procedures is liposuction. Nowadays, patients have more options than traditional liposuction with procedures like Vaser liposuction. Instead of using the traditional suction technique, Vaser uses ultrasound technology to target stubborn fat cells.
Liposuction is not a weight-loss tool. Instead, it can help you to target stubborn fat that has stopped responding to diet and exercise alone. Often, liposuction is paired with other cosmetic procedures for the ultimate body contouring result.
The procedure can have a big shape-changing effect on the body. You can target the following areas with liposuction:
2. Breast Surgery
Breast surgery covers a few different procedures. Both breast augmentation and breast reduction are two of the top cosmetic procedures, according to the BAAPS. Both of these procedures can have a massive impact on your overall look and confidence. While some patients can’t wait to reduce their breast size, others look to breast augmentation to achieve a fuller bust; it really comes down to personal preference.
Types of breast surgery include:
3. Tummy Tuck
When there is excessive skin around the abdomen, a tummy tuck can help to restore your abdomen and remove excess skin. Tummy tucks continue to be a hugely popular body contouring surgery. There are different types of abdominoplasty depending on your case.
- Mini tummy tuck – this procedure focuses on the lower portion of the abdomen, below the belly button.
- Full tummy tuck – targets excess skin, sagging and loose muscles of the entire stomach.
- Drainless tummy tuck – similar to a full tummy tuck but removes the need for drains during recovery.
4. Thigh Lift
Another procedure that can target excess skin and define the contours of the body is a thigh lift. The thigh region is notorious for being difficult to tone and is a trouble area for many people. When you lose a significant amount of weight, you may find that excess skin gathers around your thighs. If you’re looking to reshape and smooth out the thighs, then a thigh lift may be suitable for you.
5. Fat Transfer
Fat transfer not only helps to target stubborn fat cells but also enhances another area of the body in the process. If you have some stubborn fat and are looking for natural-looking breast enlargement without implants, then fat transfer could be a good option. You can also use fat transfer techniques in a Brazilian butt lift and even the face.
6. Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
An arm lift reshapes the upper back part of the arm. Significant weight loss can leave a lot of excess skin in this area. This type of surgery is often performed after weight loss to reshape the body and see your full weight loss efforts.
During the surgery, your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and folds from the upper arm and then sew it back together. If necessary, your doctor may combine an arm lift with liposuction depending on your individual case.
7. Mummy Makeover
After pregnancy and childbirth, it can be tough to restore your pre-baby body. A mummy makeover consists of several procedures that target areas often affected by pregnancy and childbirth. It can include procedures like:
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
8. Male Chest Reduction (Gynaecomastia Surgery)
Male breasts or “man boobs” can develop for a range of reasons, including hormonal imbalance. Male breast reduction surgery can permanently remove tissue and create a more chiselled and masculine chest. The surgery involves small incisions near the nipples to remove the excess fat. You may need to have your nipples repositioned if necessary.
Body Contouring Surgery Before and After
After body contouring surgery, you will have instructions from your doctor to follow to help you achieve the best results. This will likely include:
- Wear a compression garment
- Follow a healthy diet
- How to care for your incisions
- Stay hydrated
- Sleep in a certain position
- Pain management advice
Body Contouring Surgery UK at The Harley Clinic
There’s a reason that body contouring surgeries are so popular. Ageing, pregnancy, and weight loss can impact your body shape and confidence. Things like excessive skin can not only be frustrating but stop you from seeing your hard work. By understanding the options available, you can see which body contouring surgeries could help you.
If you’re considering a body contouring procedure and would like to talk about your options, book a consultation today at the Harley Clinic.