Can Body Contouring Achieve The Results You're Seeking?

Posted on: 25 April 2019

For many adults, no matter how one adheres to a disciplined diet and exercise regimen, it can be all but impossible to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat in the arms, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. Liposuction treatments promise to slim down targeted areas of the body, but the prospect of undergoing general anesthesia and a serious surgical procedure can be intimidating. And for those who have lost a large amount of weight and have the sagging skin to go with it, liposuction won't do much to change your body's shape.

Body contouring procedures can often strike a happy medium, eliminating both excess skin and pockets of fat that remain after a large weight loss. Read on to learn more about how body contouring works and whether it's likely to give you the results you're seeking.

What Is Body Contouring?

Body contouring, sometimes called body shaping, primarily involves the removal of excess skin following weight loss. Body contouring can also encompass breast lifts and liposuction if these procedures are likely to provide extra benefit.

For most patients, body contouring can include, but isn't limited to, the following procedures:  

  • Arm lift
  • Breast lift
  • Thigh lift 
  • Butt lift 
  • Tummy tuck

In each of these procedures, excess skin is surgically removed, and the remaining skin and muscle are lifted and reshaped to provide a perkier appearance. Liposuction may then be used to remove any pockets of fat that remain under the skin. In some cases, fat may even be moved from one part of the body to another; for example, fat from the arms may be used to fill out the upper breasts in a breast lift.

What Results Can Be Achieved Through Body Contouring? 

Neither body contouring nor liposuction is a replacement for diet and exercise. Although these procedures will eliminate sagging skin and the fat deposits that aren't responsive to weight loss by reducing the number of fat cells in the area, the remaining skin and fat cells can still expand when you gain weight. Furthermore, repeatedly gaining and losing more than a few pounds at a time can cause fat deposits and extra skin to form in other areas. Because the removal of skin can generate scar tissue under the skin, having multiple skin removal procedures isn't usually advised.  

But those who look at body contouring as a long-term investment in their health and appearance and continue working toward a healthy lifestyle should be happy with their results.