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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons defines body contouring as a procedure that removes “excess fat and skin while enhancing the shape of underlying support tissues.” However, body contouring is much more than the removal of excess skin and fat. It can reshape, tone, redefine, and tighten problematic body areas that do not respond to exercise and diet.
Am I Ready for Body Contouring Procedures?
Many people struggle with achieving body shape goals, especially after losing significant weight through diet and exercise or gastric bypass surgery. Your skin is a pliable organ that, although resilient, can sag when stretched out for too long. This is something that many patients who have experienced weight loss notice and complain about often.
Cosmetic body contouring is a collection of surgeries and treatments that restore, create, or enhance shapely silhouettes and confidence-building curves by removing excess skin, tightening muscles, and removing stubborn pockets of fat.
Body contouring is safe and effective for patients who can identify with at least one of the following:
- You are displeased by the appearance of hanging skin or excess fat.
- You are interested in adding more tone to your curves.
- You are at or near your ideal body weight. For example, body contouring is not for individuals who are obese or significantly overweight.
- Your weight loss is stable after dieting or bypass surgery.
- You are in good general health (severe chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease may impact your candidacy).
- You have a positive outlook and realistic goals regarding your chosen procedure.
- You are committed to adhering to a healthy lifestyle after treatment.
Which Body Contouring Procedure Is Right for Me?
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) removes fat deposits and sagging skin from your abdominal area. Stomach muscles are also repositioned to tighten your stomach and reduce the appearance of belly bulges.
What Is a Body Lift?
People who have undergone massive weight loss usually retain excess skin around their flanks and abdomen. A body lift improves body contour and lets you wear tighter-fitting clothes that accentuate your newly shaped body.
What Is an Arm Lift?
Arm lift surgery reduces the appearance of localized fat and sagging skin on the upper arms. Although you can exercise your arms to build muscle bulk, you can’t “exercise” your skin into becoming tighter and firmer. Aging and extreme weight loss are the primary reasons that patients come to Bridges of Beauty for arm lift surgery.
What Is a Breast Lift?
Significant weight loss impacts the breasts, much like pregnancy and breastfeeding does. The rapid loss of breast volume causes the tissues to weaken, and gravity does the rest. Breast lift surgery tightens the glandular tissue and skin to elevate the breasts and restore youthful perkiness.
What Is Liposuction?
Many people consider body contouring procedures after they have already lost weight (and, therefore, fat); however, likely, that there are still pockets of unwanted fat remaining on your contours. This is why liposuction is combined with many of the surgical procedures listed above.
Liposuction removes localized pockets of diet and exercise-resistant fat to help define and sculpt your physique.
Why Should You Consider Body Contouring?
Weight loss is an accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated. Sadly, the excess skin and fat pockets can make it difficult to truly revel in this accomplishment since they so often hide the quality of your weight-loss results. Body contouring surgery eradicates this limitation and allows your transformation to be on full display.
With body contouring, you can truly show off your hard-earned weight loss.
Interested in Learning More?
If you are interested in body contouring with Dr. Bridges, contact Bridges to Beauty by calling (318) 219-8555 or by filling out our online contact form. Dr. Bridges performs body, breast, and face contouring procedures for women and men in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas.