Body contouring procedures: fat removal plastic surgery


Tummy tuck

Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a body cosmetic surgery that eliminates extra fat and skin in the abdominal area and restores the abdominal muscles. The procedure aims at giving the patient a taut, flat, and firm tummy like those of athletes and celebrities. Men and women who feel insecure about having sagging skin or excess fat in the abdominal area are excellent candidates for an abdominoplasty. The procedure not only removes excess skin and fatty pockets but also sculpts and reshapes the stomach to give a more youthful and attractive look.

Abdominoplasty is suitable for people who went through a radical weight loss either thanks to a strict diet and workout regimen or thanks to bariatric surgery. Women post-pregnancy can also benefit from this surgery. The results of tummy tuck surgery are immediately visible and quite permanent if the patient follows a healthy diet and exercises on a regular basis. Since it is a relatively simple procedure, abdominoplasty rarely presents any complications.

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Liposuction is a body surgery that is widely performed and well-known. The procedure is based on a fat suction technique that consists of inserting a thin cannula through which excess fat is removed. Fat can be eliminated from different parts of the body; generally rich in fatty tissue such as the arms, the abdomen, the hips, the thighs, the buttocks, and the breasts.

A good candidate for liposuction is a person who has too much body fat and excess skin that loosened due to other attempts of weight loss such as dieting or exercising. The surgery also serves as a body contouring technique; that is, liposuction surgery not only removes excess skin and fat but also contours and reshapes the treated area(s).

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Body lift surgery

Patients who underwent bariatric surgery suffer the most from droopy skin and remaining fatty deposits in various areas of their bodies. Despite having achieved significant weight-losses after their bariatric surgery, they remain insecure about their body image due to skin excesses.

In this sense, a body-lift surgery, also known as lipectomy, reshapes, and contours the figure by eliminating fatty tissues and sagging skin situated in different areas of the body. The procedure is commonly performed after substantial weight loss to reconstruct and redraw body contouring. It combines different interventions depending on the treated areas (the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips, neck, face…). Although the results of a body lift are immediately visible and quite permanent, the patient has to follow a dieting regimen and exercise regularly in order to maintain body-lifting results.

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Arm-lift surgery

Generally caused by massive weight loss, skin aging, or hereditary genes, the so-called “bat wings” give an unaesthetic appearance characterized by droopiness of the arms. Excess skin and fatty deposits in the inner arms do not generally respond to diets and physical activity, and therefore require the surgical intervention of arm lifting.

An arm lift, also known as Brachioplasty, is a body cosmetic surgery that treats underarm bags by removing excess skin, tightening skin tissue, and extracting excess fat. The procedure primarily aims at reshaping and contouring the upper arms, therefore achieving a rejuvenated and youthful look. An arm-lift surgery can act as a procedure on its own, or as part of body lift surgery. A local liposuction is generally associated with this surgery.

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Hip-lift surgery

Hip lifting is a body surgery that eliminates excess skin in the hip area. The procedure is ideally destined for people who suffer from hip skin slackening as a result of weight-loss, pregnancy, bariatric surgery, aging, or simply genetics. Excess skin and fatty deposits in the hip area are generally stubborn to dieting and regular exercising; therefore, hip-lift surgery is needed to achieve a more toned look.

Hip surgery works on correcting the flaws of the body contour. It has become trendier and more acceptable in the past two decades thanks to the cultural preferences as well as the advances occurring in surgical and anesthesia procedures. In this sense, the surgical excision has been designed in a way that the resulting scar would fall within that area of bikinis and undergarments.

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Thigh-lift surgery

A thigh lift, also known as thighplasty or cruroplasty, is a body surgery that aims to reshape, tighten, or improve the appearance of thighs by removing excess skin and fat, as well as wrinkled skin. The cause of sagging skin in the thigh area can be the result of aging, pregnancy, or significant weight loss.

A thigh lift surgery may be recommended for people whose skin elasticity is poor and whose body failed to respond to fitness and dieting. This surgery results in smoother and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body areas. People with stable weight and committed to a healthy lifestyle, including good nutrition and regular exercise, can be considered for the surgery. A thigh-lift surgery treats different areas of the thighs; including the inner thighs, the upper thighs, the front, and outside of the leg. The procedure is somewhat simple, yet it requires rigorous postoperative care like avoid walking and complete rest.

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Back-lift surgery

Most commonly known as “bread back”, fatty back folds represent one of the sequela of weight loss, bariatric surgery, or also aging. These back rolls do not respond to dieting and regular exercise. The only way to get rid of them is via a surgical procedure.

Back-lift surgery is a body surgery that eliminates sagging skin and fat pockets from the back area to give a more contoured back appearance. This procedure may be performed as a lower or upper back lift depending on whether the patient’s bulges are located below or above the bra-line. In addition, a back-lift can act as a procedure on its own or as part of a complete body-lift surgery. The condition of back rolls is termed as “bra fat” because loose skin and fatty cells on the back are generally located in the bra-line area.

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