Body Contouring – Cosmetic Surgery

Introduction – Body Contouring

When it comes to an individual’s body image, healthy weight can be maintained by following a well-balanced and healthy physique can be managed by exercising regularly. But hereditary changes in body weight, pregnancy, aging, etc. may change body’s physical proportions; which may lead to change in body images and self confidence. Reshaping disproportionate curves or reducing unnecessary fat cannot always be achieved through weight loss programs and exercise alone. Fitness and skin care have little effect on uneven contours or bulges as well as skin that lacks elasticity.

Body contouring is one of the procedures applied to obtain goals for a more youthful, contoured body. This can be done in a single surgical session as well; however, it can be scheduled to be performed in a stepwise manner in multiple sittings to have better outcomes. Removal of excess fat and sagging skin can improve patient’s body shape and overall image. Body contouring helps people to reshape body features that cannot be improved by other methods. It can radically improve the shape and proportion of patient’s body, enhancing appearance and boosting self-confidence. Body contouring can treat body parts like- the neck, upper arms, female and male breasts, abdomen, flanks, back, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees and ankles.

Pre-procedural discussion with cosmetic surgeon:

The safety and success of body contouring procedure depends on detailed consultation with the cosmetic surgeon. Patients willing to undergo a body contouring surgery should be ready to answer questions about their health, desires and lifestyle- like:

  1. Details of earlier surgeries
  2. Objective of the surgery, expectations involved and desired outcome
  3. The options available in body contouring surgery
  4. Complete medical history, drug allergies and medical treatments
  5. Use of current medications
  6. Addictions

Pre- surgery evaluation involves the following:

  1. Examining patients’ body
  2. Taking elaborate body measurements
  3. Taking photographs for your medical record
  4. Assessing patient’s health status, considering pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  5. Discussing options and recommending the course of treatment
  6. Discussing probable results of the surgery
  7. Risks or potential complications

Pre-surgical precautions:

  1. Routine laboratory tests for complete medical evaluation
  2. Adjust certain medications as per surgeon’s recommendations
  3. Avoid smoking well in advance of surgery
  4. Avoid taking medicines which can increase bleeding

Special instructions will be given to the patients about:

  1. Steps to be followed on the day of surgery
  2. The use of anaesthesia during body contouring surgery
  3. Post-operative care and follow-up
    • care regarding surgical site(s) following surgery
    • medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection

If a part of the body contouring surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, patients are suggested to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery and to stay with them for at least the first night following surgery.

After the body contouring procedure is completed, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

Outcomes of the surgery:

Some contouring procedures leave only small, inconspicuous scars.

The outcomes of a body contouring surgery following aggressive weight loss are visible almost instantaneously. However, it may take as many as a couple of years or more for the final results of all the recommended body contouring procedures to fully develop. Visible scars will remain, but the overall results are long lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. The success of body contouring, whether it is done to reduce, enlarge or lift, is influenced by patient’s age and by the size, shape and skin tone of the area to be treated. Some contouring procedures leave only small, inconspicuous scars. More noticeable scars may result when surgical removal of fat and skin is necessary to achieve your desired result. Most patients find these scars acceptable and enjoy greater self-confidence when wearing a bathing suit or form-fitting clothes. As the body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of the initial improvement should be relatively permanent.

- Links of interest:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons website

British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons website

This article is not medical advice nor a substitute to professional health advice. Always consult a doctor.


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