In recent years, people want to look good more than ever. We all know that beauty has always been a trend. But currently, beauty is a global trend. With this trend, people are looking for cosmetic surgery options to enhance their existing qualities. Body contouring surgery is one of these cosmetic operations.
Body contouring is preferred by both women and men. With this operation, patients can get rid of their excess fat. What is more, they can use this excess fat to reshape their body. Women prefer curvier look while men want to have more muscular look. Body contouring operations enable women and men to achieve the look they desire.
Patients who want to have this surgery need to be examined by a doctor. During this examination, doctor will assess current body shape of the patient. It is important to achieve a realistic body shape. Excessive contouring can lead to unattractive look. For this reasons, patients need to follow doctor’s recommendations before having their surgery. What is more, this pre-operation examination will determine if the patient is suitable for the surgery. If the patient is not suitable, alternative methods can be considered.
Who Can Have Body Contouring Surgery?
There are certain limitations to have body contouring surgery. Patients need to comply with certain factors. This surgery is operated under general anaesthesia. For this reason, patients must have health conditions suitable for general anaesthesia.
Some people might be allergic to general anaesthesia. In these cases, if anaesthesia is administered to the patient, patient can show allergic reaction. This allergic reaction can have adverse effects. In the most severe cases, allergic reaction can cause death. To avoid any risks, patients need to complete certain blood tests.
These blood tests will give a general idea about patient’s overall health status. Patients using certain medication like blood thinners might need to stop using these before the surgery. Blood thinners can increase the risk of bleeding during body contouring operation.
If blood test results are healthy, patients can be a good candidate for the operation. However, there is another factor as well. Body contouring is not a weight losing operation. For this reason, patients need to have acceptable body mass index and weight. If a patient wants to lose weight, then other surgeries are recommended. For example, stomach Botox or gastric bypass can be alternatives to lose weight.
Liposuction and Fat Injection for Body Contouring
In body contouring surgery, there are two popular methods. These are liposuction and fat injection. In fact, liposuction is one of the most popular and commonly practiced cosmetic surgery. In this operation, fat tissue under the skin is broken and removed.
Liposuction is applied under general anaesthesia. Doctor will make small incisions to operation area. These incisions are necessary to use operation devices. After that, fat tissue will be broken by moving a cannula. This cannula will be moved forward and backward to broke all fat tissue in that region. Later, special vacuum will be used to remove this fat.
In case of fat injection, fat tissue removed with liposuction will be injected to different areas in the body. It is possible to inject fat to butt and breasts. In most cases, fat injection is preferred for Brazilian butt. But this is different than butt fillers. By injection fat to butt, it is possible to achieve fuller look.
For fat injection, fat can be removed from any part of the body. For example, doctor might take fat from waist, belly, arms or even legs. In case of men, fat injection is preferred to define lines of muscles. By injecting fat, it is possible to have more defined abs or chests muscles.
Does Body Contouring Operation Has Risks?
Since body contouring is a surgical operation, there are risks associated with the surgery. Patients are informed about these risks before body contouring surgery. Generally, risks are associated with general anaesthesia. For this reason, it is important to have a blood test before the surgery.
Other than that, there is infection risks. This risk is common in all operations. To prevent and minimise infection risk, doctor prescribed antibiotics after the surgery. Patients need to use these antibiotics as prescribed by the doctor. Failing to complete prescribed days might increase the risk of infection.
Also, prolonged hospitalisation can increase the risk of injection. For this reason, doctor spends the patient to home recovery as soon as possible. This way, hospital related injections can be minimised. Other than these conditions, there are few other risk factors. Doctor will explain and clarify all associated risk factors. Before your surgery, you can ask all your questions to doctor and medical team.
Recovery After Body Contouring Surgery
Body contouring surgery recovery can look scary. Actually, recovery after the surgery is relatively simple and easy. There are few things you need to consider for good recovery process. First, you need to take all the medication prescribed by the doctor. These medication will include antibiotics, pains killer as well as other medications.
Then, you need to take care of your body for the first couple of weeks. You need to avoid lifting any heavy loads. Also, you need to avoid physically challenging activities. You might want to give a break to doing sports after body contouring surgery.
In addition to all these, you need to wear a special corset for at least 6 weeks. This corset will keep things in place after liposuction or fat injection. Since fat is either removed or injected to the body, there might be dislocations. To prevent any problems, doctor will give a special body contouring corset. You need to wear this corset for 22 hours.
Other than these, you can go back to your daily life after one week. Resting at home for the first week is recommended to minimise any risks. During your first week, you might want to ask someone to help you with your housework or heavy work.
Are There Non-Surgical Body Contouring Options?
In addition to surgical body contouring, there are also non-surgical body contouring options. These treatments are often applied in certified clinics. Compared to surgery, non-surgical treatments have faster recovery time. This means, if you opt for a non-surgical contouring treatment, you can go back to your daily life on the same day. As there is no hospitalisation and recovery at home, these treatments are preferred by different patients. For example, working women and men might prefer these treatments to avoid taking leave from their work.
In general, there are two methods in non-surgical treatments. These are heat treatments or ultrasound treatments. In either case, these treatments aim to remove the fat tissue accumulated under the skin.
In these treatments, heat, cold or ultrasound waves are applied the skin. These treatments penetrate to fat tissue. Fat tissue under the skin are broken down. Broken fat tissue is discarded from the body by urinary system. For these treatment options, patients are advised to drink lots of water. Water will help discarding fat tissue in a healthier and faster way.
These treatments can be considered as an alternative to body contouring surgery. Patients who are afraid of surgery can also choose one of these methods. After completing the sessions, there will be visible difference.
Surgical Body Contouring
Shaping the body to improve love-handles, belly fat and other unsightly cosmetic problems is a highly popular treatment these days. As people become more and more overweight, treatments which can slim them down are increasingly common. For people who are in need of invasive surgery, there are options depending on the part of the body they need to improve. Among the most common procedures in this category is liposuction.
Liposuction is an invasive surgery that involves the insertion of a cannula (flexible tube) into the skin to remove fat cells and fluid from the body. Liposuction is effective at removing localized deposits of fat cells from the body, but is not meant for people who are very overweight. It’s important that you do not have any heart or artery problems, are of normal weight, and have no history of blood clots. It’s also important that you have normal, elastic skin. Skin that is overly loose or not elastic enough may look worse following liposuction. Patients who are a normal, healthy weight prior to liposuction are the ideal candidate for the procedure.
Liposuction involves anesthesia, which may be general, local or tumescent. The anesthesia prevents any pain during the surgery. Once it has taken affect, the surgeon will begin to remove fat from the body through the cannula. Recovery may take several weeks and may involve post-operative swelling and pain. Final results may take 3 months to appear.
Buttocks Lift Surgery
A buttocks lift may be very affective for patients who have experienced a great deal of drooping of the skin in that area. The buttocks lift improves the tightness and texture of the butt and thighs. It may be performed in conjunction with liposuction or laser liposuction. The incision is generally made below the waistline and may be performed in an outpatient center or hospital. General and local anesthesia may be used during the treatment. Bruising and swelling are common for up to two weeks following the procedure.
A tummy tuck helps improve the contour of the body by removing excess fat and skin from the stomach area. It tightens abdominal muscles as well. Tummy tucks may be “complete”, where the incision reaches across the abdomen from one hip to the other, or they may be “mini”, with a small incision along the bikini area. The goal with a tummy tuck is to flatten the belly region and improve the shape of the stomach.