Body contouring refers to surgical procedures performed to improve skin and tissue appearance after dramatic weight loss. After significant changes in weight as a result of changes in diet, bariatric surgery and pregnancy, the body may lose its aesthetic appearance, and the skin may lose its elasticity and loosen due to excess fat and skin. As a result, a general sagging may occur in the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, upper arms, thighs and groin areas, in other words, in the body contours.
What are body contouring procedures? Who are they suitable for?
Body contouring procedures are often needed to achieve the desired contour after dramatic weight loss. While liposuction is sufficient for body contouring in some cases, lifting may be required in cases where there is excess skin and the results to be obtained with liposuction are insufficient. In case of need, it may be possible to combine some procedures for the purpose of body contouring for the patient. Therefore, before planning, the patient’s body structure, expectations and lifestyle habits are carefully evaluated.
Tummy tuck, breast aesthetics, arm lift, butt lift, thigh lift and liposuction are among the most frequently performed body contouring procedures. Body contouring procedures are suitable for patients;
- who will be able to make necessary changes in lifestyle habits after the procedures,
- who will follow regular exercise and healthy nutrition program,
- who will be able to maintain a stable weight for a certain period of time,
- who has realistic expectations about body contouring procedures,
- who has no health problem that prevents the procedure,
- who is over the age of 18.
How are body contouring procedures performed?
Body contouring procedures are planned specifically for the patient and in line with the needs. For this reason, the operation and recovery process may vary according to the operations performed. If the doctor deems it necessary and the patient requests, it may be possible to combine different body contouring procedures.
Body contouring procedures are usually performed under general anaesthesia. According to the operation to be performed and the technique to be used, an incision is made from the area determined by the plastic surgeon. Excess skin and/or fat are removed from the body in this way. If the opened incisions are placed in the natural curves of the body or in places where they will not be seen much, the problem of leaving a surgical scar can be minimized.
Why are body contouring procedures performed?
Body contouring procedures can be performed individually or in combination for the body to take shape effortlessly and to obtain a natural contouring. Body contouring procedures, which can be performed for both women and men, are completely planned according to the needs and expectations of the patient. In this way, the whole body of the patient is handled and the discomfort about the appearance can be eliminated.
Liposuction is generally preferred for problems caused by persistent regional fat accumulation. In this way, fat tissues that resist regular diet and exercise programs and cause regional deformities are removed from the area and the body is shaped.
It is possible to give the desired shape to the breasts with breast augmentation, breast reduction and breast lift surgeries performed within the scope of breast aesthetics in women. Breast deformations can develop due to factors such as aging, genetic factors, the effect of gravity, as well as pregnancy and breastfeeding. In the same way, a smoother body contour can be achieved by removing sagging and loosening in the abdomen, upper arm and thigh areas.
Tummy tuck, which is performed to remove loose and excessively fatty skin due to various reasons in the abdomen, can be performed with different techniques determined for the patient. Tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction when necessary. The separation in the abdominal muscles, which can be seen in cases where there are multiple births and is called “Diastasis Recti”, can also be removed with tummy tuck aesthetics.
Butt lift aesthetics, in which the loose and saggy tissue in the hip region is lifted through an incision made in the hip region, can be combined with thigh lift, tummy tuck and liposuction to remove saggy, loose skin and tissues in the hip area.
Back lift aesthetics is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess fat and sagging skin in the area, as well as to correct the contours of the upper or lower back.
Arm lift aesthetics can be performed to remove excess fat and loose skin in the armpit area. Likewise, arm lift aesthetics can be combined with liposuction and other body contouring procedures. Arm lift aesthetics, which is the most effective and permanent way to reshape the arms, is performed for people who are close to their ideal weight and have achieved weight control.
Thigh lift can be performed with different techniques determined according to the needs of the patient. It is an effective solution for sagging and excess skin caused by loss of elasticity that cannot be eliminated with regular exercise and non-surgical procedures.
The recovery process after body contouring procedures may vary depending on the type and scope of the procedures performed, the structural characteristics of the patient and how well the patient adheres to the recommendations of the plastic surgeon during the healing process. A healthy and rapid recovery is essential if the doctor’s recommendations are strictly followed and the prescribed drugs are used regularly. Movements that may cause strain should be avoided until the incisions are completely healed. In order for the results to be long-lasting, regular exercise and healthy nutrition should be brought into lifestyle after body contouring procedures.