Body contouring refers to a group of procedures designed to remove excess fat and/or skin to enhance the appearance of the surrounding tissue. People may opt for body contouring after weight loss surgery or after any substantial reduction in weight.
Body Contouring Procedures
An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a procedure performed to reduce the amount of excess skin and fat spanning from the underarm to the elbow.
Procedural steps: Incisions are made underneath the inner upper arm area then excess skin is removed.
Your results: After surgery, recovery will take four to six weeks. Incisions may take up to one year to fully mature.
If you’ve tried diets and exercise but haven’t achieved the lean look you desire, then liposuction may be the key to your success.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure intended to remove fat deposits and shape the body. Liposuction may be performed on the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, buttocks, back or neck. A liposuction procedure may include more than one site at a time.
Procedural techniques: Small incisions are made then tubes are inserted into the cuts. The tubes connect to a machine that sucks out fat from under your skin. You can be awake or asleep while this is going on.
Your results: You are likely to be up and around quickly.
Post Weight Loss Body Contouring
After drastic weight loss, body-contouring surgery is used to remove excess skin and fat. This procedure can help you get the look you've been working so hard to achieve.
Procedural Steps: Body contouring after major weight loss may involve several types of procedures, depending on the patient’s condition and desired results.
Your Results: Results and recovery time depend on cosmetic procedures performed.
If sit-ups and other exercises aren’t giving you the flat stomach you desire, then abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, might be the key.
A tummy tuck, removes excess fat and skin to give the abdomen a flatter, tighter look. A tummy tuck may also be used to restore weak or separated stomach muscles.
Procedural Steps: A complete abdominoplasty is performed when a horizontal incision is made low, below the navel. The excess fat and skin is then surgically removed.
Your Results: Two to four weeks after surgery you will begin to notice results. Full results could appear as early as eight weeks and incision lines will continue to fade for up to one year.
Plastic surgeons at UPMC offer the latest, minimally invasive procedures for body contouring in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding communities.