Body Contouring Surgery
Changes in your physique over time are completely natural. Genetics may also play a role in storing unwanted fat or developing skin laxity. Major life events such as pregnancy or weight loss can leave you with a body that no longer feels like yours, and you may be frustrated by the lack of results from your diet and exercise routine. No matter the amount of effort you put into transforming your body, you may still be left with unwanted folds of skin or stubborn areas of fat.
Your Body Contouring Choices
Removing Excess Fat
Liposuction is a surgical option for eliminating unwanted fat. It may be the best solution for patients who have large masses of fat or those who have fat in areas that are harder to treat. Liposuction may be the preferred treatment for patients looking to achieve more dramatic body contouring results. Fat removal via liposuction is accomplished by placing small incisions in discreet locations and using a cannula to remove the fat with gentle vacuum suction. Liposuction may be utilized in any of the following areas:
- Under the chin
- Back/bra rolls
Smartlipo™ is a revolutionary surgical fat removal system that uses laser energy for a more gentle procedure with beautifully sculpted results. The laser technology used for Smartlipo™ procedures targets specific areas of fat using heat, making it easier to remove the fat cells from the body. Smartlipo™ is an in-office procedure that does not require sedation. Patients may experience post-operative bruising and swelling in the initial days following the procedure. Dr. Thompson will fit you with a post-treatment garment that is to be worn for two weeks to help with the healing process.
CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical fat reduction procedure that has little to no recovery time. CoolSculpting® sends concentrated cooling to the treatment area, which freezes and destroys the targeted fat cells. Once destroyed, the body removes the fat cells through its natural elimination process, causing the results to develop slowly over time. Results can begin to be seen in as little as three to four weeks, with optimal results achieved about three months after your treatment. Each CoolSculpting® procedure is tailored to meet your individual needs with a treatment to transformation plan and can enhance any of the following areas:
- Inner/outer thighs
- Under the chin
- Back rolls
ThermiTight® is a minimally invasive treatment designed to melt away fat and firm the skin. ThermiTight® uses temperature-controlled radiofrequency to target tissue, break down fat, and stimulate skin tightening. The ThermiTight® procedure has little downtime and provides results that develop over time after a single treatment.
Removing Excess Skin
Body lift candidates have usually undergone massive weight loss and require a more dramatic correction in their lower body. Body lift surgery addresses multiple areas including the abdomen, hips, thighs, and upper buttocks to alleviate the belt of skin that develops after massive weight loss. A body lift can eliminate extra pounds of unwanted skin, providing you with a slender, contoured figure to complement your weight loss achievement.
Thigh lift surgery can help patients achieve the slimmer appearance they desire. A poor outer thigh appearance may be caused by a “saddlebag” profile. Excess skin along the inner thighs can cause painful irritation and chafing. Thigh lift surgery can address both the outer and inner thighs, removing skin and providing a more toned, slender thigh appearance.
Flabby arms can come with age or after weight loss. The “bat wing” appearance can make men and women feel self-conscious, especially in arm-baring clothing. The arm lift utilizes an incision placed along the inner arm, running from the armpit to the elbow, to remove excess skin and fat. A shorter incision may be used for patients who only require mild correction.
Women suffering from cellulite know how frustrating it can be to try to solve this very common problem. Cellfina® is a revolutionary minimally invasive treatment used to reduce the appearance of unwanted cellulite. Cellfina® is the first system to target cellulite at the source—the fibrous bands that place tension on the surface of your skin. Cellfina® treats dimpling of the buttocks and thighs for a smoother appearance, allowing patients to feel more confident shedding their summer cover-ups. A single treatment offers long-lasting results that can be seen within weeks following the treatment.
Body Contouring FAQs
Can I combine body contouring procedures?
Dr. Thompson creates customized combination procedures to target and address the specific needs of his patients. Fat removal processes are combined with skin tightening techniques to both enhance and define your body. A mix of surgical and non-surgical procedures can highlight your body, providing the most natural results possible. Through these specialized procedures, you’ll begin to see a bold, beautiful you.
What can I expect during recovery after body contouring?
Because body contouring is tailored to each patient’s unique needs and goals, recovery is different for everyone and depends on whether they undergo a surgical or non-surgical procedure. Patients who decide to undergo surgical body contouring procedures will typically experience some discomfort as well as temporary swelling, bruising, and changes in sensation at the surgical site. It is recommended to walk as soon as possible after surgery to prevent blood clots and to promote circulation. Full recovery can take between three and six weeks.
Will I have scarring following my body contouring procedure?
Scarring is determined by both the patient’s natural healing process and the location of your incisions. Dr. Thompson carefully places incisions in discreet locations so any resulting scars may be hidden beneath clothing. However, most patients find that their scarring fades over time, and new advancements in scar management, such as bioCorneum®, can further improve the appearance of scars.
Will body contouring help me lose weight?
Body contouring is not a weight loss procedure, but it can reduce localized fat deposits through the use of liposuction. It can also improve sagging skin with skin excision and various skin tightening technologies. While these procedures are not meant for weight loss, they do produce a tighter, more appealing silhouette, which results in a slimmer appearance.
How should I prepare for my body contouring procedure?
Preparation for a body contouring procedure will vary depending on whether you are undergoing a non-surgical or surgical treatment. Dr. Thompson will provide you with thorough instructions for preparing for your treatment during your consultation. Usually, you will be asked to stop smoking and taking any blood-thinning medications or supplements. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen, or NSAIDs.
Is body contouring painful?
Pain during and after body contouring is dependent on the treatment you underwent and your personal pain tolerance. Patients who undergo non-surgical body contouring, like CoolSculpting®, experience no pain during or after their treatment. Patients who undergo a surgical body contouring procedure, such as tummy tuck surgery, will not experience pain during the surgery (as it is performed under general anesthesia) but may develop some discomfort during recovery. If needed, any pain can be alleviated with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication like TYLENOL®.
Will my body contouring results be permanent?
Your body contouring results will last for years or even decades, barring significant weight fluctuations or pregnancy. To protect your results, you should maintain a stable weight by following a healthy lifestyle. Some age-related laxity is expected; however, it is usually not as significant as your original body contouring concerns.
How much will my body contouring cost?
The cost of your body contouring treatment will vary depending on the procedure(s) that you underwent and the extent of those procedures. Additional cost factors include anesthesia, facility, and surgeon fees. Dr. Thompson and his team will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation after a treatment plan has been determined.
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