We are all striving to look and feel our best, so losing weight is a goal that many individuals have for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Significant weight loss as a result of lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery, or other medical treatments can have dramatic effects on overall health and body image. Once you reach your weight goal, however, you may find that you do not have the fit and toned body that you desire. Oftentimes, skin may appear loose or sagging, and your body contours may appear irregular or disproportionate. In these cases, body contouring may be the right procedure for you.
Following any major reduction in weight, the skin and tissues often lack elasticity and cannot conform to the reduced body size. As a result, the skin is unsupported and loose, often leading to an unappealing appearance. This skin is also more prone to infection which may need to be treated. This excess skin often leaves people feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious, something that body contouring can remedy.
In general, body contouring removes excess skin and fat left after dramatic weight loss. The result of surgery is a smoother more proportionate appearing body with smoother overall contours throughout. It can act as an important adjunct to your body and lifestyle changes, and can prove very rewarding for many patients.
Different Body Contouring Procedures
If you have a particular area you’d like to focus on, our team is happy to accommodate your needs. Popular examples of body contouring procedures include:
- Tummy tuck: removes excess skin of the abdomen, while also tightening muscles and addressing remaining fat
- Breast lift: helps to improve and lift loose skin or flattened breasts
- Arm lift: helps to remove excess skin of the upper portion of the arms
- Medial thigh lift: helps to remove excess skin of the inner thigh
- Face lift: helps to tighten the mid-face, jowls and neck
Stabilize Your Weight
Before you decide to undergo body contouring surgery, it is important that your weight loss has stabilized. If you continue to lose weight, you may continue to have changes in the skin. If you rapidly regain weight, you can put increased stress on your skin which may lead to stretch marks. In order to get the best results from surgery, it is best to have your weight stabilized.
Body Contouring FAQs
Am I a candidate for body contouring?
If you’re bothered by stubborn fat pockets on the body that won’t go away despite healthy habits, body contouring may be the solution for you! Body contouring can mean a variety of procedures including liposuction and can be tailored to meet your individual needs. Liposuction is meant to target and remove unwanted fat. Ideal candidates should be within a reasonable range of their goal weight and have good elasticity to the skin.
What types of body contouring are available?
We believe in offering services to our patients that we know generate results. NSPS and The Med Spa offer Surgical Liposuction, In Office Liposuction, and NuEra Skin Tightening for body contour.
What body contouring option is right for me?
We recommend an in-office consultation with your provider to determine what treatment option is best for you. Because every patient is different, we like to create a regimen that is catered to your wants and needs to achieve the most desirable results.
What can I do for my skin after massive weight loss?
There are many options for skin after massive weight loss. Many times this involves surgery to remove and tighten the skin of the abdomen, breasts, legs, arms, or back. At your consult we can discuss specific scarring associated with each procedure.
How long does body contouring last?
Body contouring relates to the body being shaped most often with liposuction. Once the fat is removed, it is gone forever. However, changes in your weight can still fluctuate over time. The body contouring results should remain, but weight changes can affect the shapliness depending on how your body changes.
What is the best non-surgical fat removal?
Here at NSPS, we like to burn fat and build muscle simultaneously with EmSculpt! This form of non-surgical body contouring is FDA-cleared for strengthening, toning and firming of the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and arms. Typical body sculpting attempts to eliminate fat and tighten skin but fails to address muscle mass. EmSculpt goes beyond fat reduction to provide a dual treatment to address muscle tone and fat.
Is body contouring the same thing as fat removal?
These are typically tied together, but do not always mean the same thing. While fat removal occurs during body contouring, there is shaping and strategic removal of the fat during SAFE liposuction to create the desired shape of the body.
What is the best non-surgical procedure to remove belly fat?
EmSculpt is a great way to increase abdominal tone and firm the abdomen. It is quick and easy with no downtime from surgery!
Am I a good candidate for body contouring?
If you feel that you have excess fat or stubborn areas, body contouring may be right for you. We can use surgical or nonsurgical approaches to shape and contour the body into your desired look!
How safe is body sculpting?
This procedure, no matter how it is accomplished, is safe when in the right hands! Here at NSPS we always aim for effective, but most importantly SAFE results.
How long is the recovery for body contouring?
Depending on the method used, there can be bruising or swelling associated with surgical body contouring. Most of this resolves within a few weeks, but it takes a couple of months to see the final result. Nonsurgical approaches vary in time for results, but have very little to no downtime or recovery period.
How do I prepare for my non-surgical body contouring procedure?
You don’t need to do anything specific to prepare! We will guide you on all post-op instructions when we see you for a consult!
What are the side effects of body sculpting?
Side effects are minimal. Bruising and swelling are always possible with surgery, but these improve and go away with time. We are careful with our sculpting techniques in order to minimize the risk of contour abnormalities.
What is a body sculpting consultation like?
Contact Our Team Today
If you have recently experienced major weight loss and you aren’t happy with your body contour, please schedule a consultation with our team!