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Body Contouring

Body contouring is an umbrella term that refers to a range of procedures aimed at reshaping the aesthetic appearance of the body. These procedures are used mainly for excess fat removal and include surgical procedures such as liposuction and excess skin removal as well as non-invasive procedures such as fat freezing techniques.

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WHO IS THIS FOR
  • Patients looking for an aesthetic solution to problem areas prone to stubborn fat buildups.
  • Patients who have undergone a large amount of weight loss (often due to bariatric surgery) and want to have excess hanging skin removed.
  • Women who wish to reshape their body as a response to changes brought about during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.
RECOVERY TIME
  • CoolSculpting patients should be able to return to work the same day.
  • Surgical procedures, such as liposuction, have a recovery period of four to six weeks.
TREATMENT DURATION
  • Depending on the procedure (or procedures) being carried out, treatment times can run the gamut from 35 minutes to four hours.
SUCCESS
  • Patients undergoing body contouring procedures generally report a high level of satisfaction in over 80% of cases.
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism
  • Excessive or widened scars
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS
HOW DOES IT WORK?

What is body contouring?

Body contouring refers to a wide range of different invasive and non-invasive procedures aimed at improving the shape and appearance of the body. Liposuction is a common choice for those looking to reshape their appearance. It involves the removal of excess fat by making an incision and using a surgical vacuum to remove fat directly. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that is quickly growing in popularity. It removes fat by destroying a certain number of fat cells using the application of low temperatures. The targeted fat cells are then flushed naturally from the body. The third main form of body contouring involves the removal of sagging or excess skin. While this is a common follow-up procedure for patients who have undergone rapid weight loss due to bariatric surgery such as a gastric bypass or sleeve, it is also common among for older patients whose skin has started to sag due to natural ageing processes.

How does body contouring work?

1. Consultation

If you wish to take advantage of body contouring techniques you will need to have an initial consultation with a plastic surgeon. During this consultation, the surgeon will discuss your aesthetic goals with you and lay out a list of procedure options. While many patients undergo a number of procedures to achieve their aesthetic aims, it is also your surgeon's job to assess your suitability for one or more procedures based on your health, age and pre-existing conditions. Multiple procedures carried out at the same time have been shown to carry with them an increase in risks of complications such as blood clotting and bleeding for certain kinds of patients. Your surgeon should make you aware of all possible risks and side effects going in. They will also take pictures of your body for your medical record and as a comparison tool post-surgery. If you are looking for the right specialist for body contouring, we are here to help! Get in touch with us anytime.

2. Anesthesia

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure and requires no anesthetic. Both liposuction and skin-removal are invasive and require the use of either a general or local anaesthetic. Your doctor will discuss the attendant risks and requirements of each form of anaesthetic with you, and they'll offer advice on which option is best based on your medical requirements.

3. Procedures

As mentioned above, there are a number of different kinds of body contouring options available, and the steps of the procedure will vary depending on which ones you undergo.

Liposuction

Liposuction

Liposuction involves the creation of small incisions in the layer of skin above the targeted areas of fat. A cannula or surgical tube is then inserted. The surgeon will use this to dislodge fat and will then apply the tube to the loose fat to suction it out. There are three main kinds of liposuction. Tumescent liposuction: The most common form of the procedure, this involves the injection of a saline-based solution into the targeted fat buildup thereby facilitating easier removal. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction: In this procedure, ultrasounds are used instead of a solution. These liquify the fat which is then removed via suction. Laser-assisted liposuction: Also known as Smartlipo, laser-assisted liposuction replaces the use of a cannula with the insertion of a surgical laser into the skin. The laser breaks down fatty deposits which are then left to make their way through the body's system naturally.

Skin-removal procedures

Skin-removal procedures include the likes of body lifts, where sagging buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and outer thighs may all have excess skin removed in one single procedure. Other examples include tummy tucks, facelifts and breast lifts. In each procedure, incisions are made and a portion of skin is cut away. The incision is then sutured up to create as clean a line as possible.

CoolSculpting

In CoolSculpting, a coolpad is placed over the area to be treated to protect the skin. A machine is then applied to that area which draws tissue in and subjects it to cooling. Patients will experience a sensation of cold and pressure which should then dissipate quite quickly.

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