Many events occur throughout life that impact your body. Pregnancy, weight gain and weight loss all play a role in how your body looks and feels. It’s impossible for your skin and muscles to remain tight and toned forever, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do what you can to feel good about the way you look. Body contouring is one method people have begun to use to refine their body’s natural shape. If you are unhappy with certain areas of your body – whether it’s because skin is sagging or muscles are weakening – body contouring can help you love your body again with the use of slimming and sculpting procedures. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, Dr. Husam Elias performs a variety of body contouring surgeries for patients who wish to improve their appearance and feel more confident about the way they look.
What Is Body Contouring?
Body contouring refers to a series of cosmetic procedures that work to eliminate excess fat and tissue from the body. Many times, diet and exercise are not enough to produce firm muscles and tight skin, and a cosmetic procedure may be necessary to apply finishing touches.
Common body contouring procedures include:
- Liposuction – the process of removing excess fat through a suction technique.
- Tummy tuck – a procedure where the abdominal area is lifted and tightened.
- Breast lift – a surgery where the breast tissue is raised, reshaped and firmed.
- Arm lift – the process of eliminating sagging skin from the upper arm.
- Face lift – a technique used to tighten the skin in the face and create a youthful appearance.
- Thigh lift – a surgery where the contours of the thighs are reshaped and improved.
The goal of a body contouring procedure is to help the body return to a more natural shape. By targeting the underlying tissues in the skin, smoother contours can become more apparent and create an attractive appearance.
Determining which Procedure is Right for You
The body contouring procedure that is performed will depend on the specifics of your shape and the condition of your muscle tone. The best way to determine the procedure for you is to discuss the concerns you have about your body during your consultation with Dr. Elias. He will be able to translate what you dislike about your body into a treatment plan that improves upon those problem areas. Mothers who have recently given birth may benefit from a breast lift, tummy tuck or liposuction, for instance, while post-bariatric individuals may want to consult about an arm lift and thigh lift. Regardless of your body’s needs, Dr. Elias will develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is specific to you.
Benefits of Body Contouring
Besides looking and feeling better, each body contouring procedure has its own benefits for your body. Those who have lost a significant amount of weight will find that body contouring helps complete a journey to a healthier lifestyle by removing the excess skin that fails to conform to their new and improved body size.
Other benefits include:
- Better-fitting clothing
- A youthful and toned shape
- A natural contour to the body
- Improved self-confidence
- A healthier appearance
Any life change has the possibility of affecting the way your body looks, but those changes don’t have to be permanent. Body contouring is one such way to maintain or enhance your shape, and your only requirements for candidacy are to be at a stable weight without any serious medical conditions. It is also beneficial if you stop smoking before your procedure and have realistic expectations for the outcome.
During the Procedure
The specifics of your surgery will depend on the body contouring procedures you are receiving, however you can expect to be placed under IV sedation or general anesthesia during each treatment process. Removing excess skin involves large incisions along the body, and their length and placement will depend on the procedure being performed. Dr. Elias will make incisions in the most discreet manner possible, but some scarring will remain visible on the body. For extensive procedures, body contouring may be performed in multiple sessions to take pressure off the body and ease healing.
Once your surgery is complete, bandages will be placed on the incisions and tubes will be inserted to assist with draining fluids. Dr. Elias will give you specific instructions about caring for your incisions and teach you how to recognize common side effects. He will also schedule follow-up appointments with you to ensure your procedure is healing correctly.
Depending on the location of the surgery site, you may need to refrain from lifting, bending or squatting, but it will be important for you to stay mobile in order to prevent blood clots. Follow Dr. Elias’s instructions carefully in order to recover in the most comfortable way possible.