Body contouring (or body shaping) is a general term that refers to any surgical procedure that alters different areas of the body, whether it is in a massive weight loss patient or not. Body contouring after massive weight loss refers to a series of procedures that eliminate and/or reduce excess skin and fat that remains after obese individuals lose a significant amount of weight in a variety of places including the torso, upper arms, chest, and thighs.
How Can I Lose My Stomach Fat?
Abdominal fat is one of the most common and most frustrating problems among adults. It can be difficult to eliminate, but experts do offer a few suggestions. These include:
- Consume soluble fiber every day. This can help create a sensation of fullness that makes it easier to cut calories.
- Reduce alcohol consumption.
- Eat plenty of lean protein to promote a strong metabolism and retain muscle mass.
- Keep carbohydrate intake at no more than 50 grams a day.
Most people realize that belly fat can be some of the most challenging to target. This is why liposuction and abdominoplasty are some of the leading plastic surgery procedures performed today. If you are ready to end the struggle with stubborn fat in your abdominal area, contact us to discuss the benefits of our body contouring options.
Am I a Good Candidate for Body Contouring?
Many adults are good candidates for body contouring. The procedures that we perform can address a variety of concerns, from loose and sagging skin after significant weight loss to moderately loose tissue that hasn’t bounced back after pregnancy.
The best results from body contouring surgery are generally achieved in cases where patients are in good physical health,
are at their ideal weight and do not plan additional weight loss, do not smoke or can stop smoking, and have realistic expectations. Dr. Armen Serebrakian is thorough in his consultation with each patient, discussing their medical histories, concerns, and desired outcomes. The details of the relevant procedure or procedures, including what each can and cannot achieve, are outlined at that visit. Knowing what to expect, patients can determine the course of treatment that is ideal for them.
Body Contouring Procedures in Pinole, & Larkspur, CA
What is the Difference Between Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?
Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, abdominoplasty, are popular contouring procedures that are performed to shape the midsection. They may be performed independently, or in combination. The liposuction procedure sculpts the body by removing excess fatty tissue. It is performed through tiny incisions and a thin, hollow tube. In addition to the abdominal area, liposuction may be performed on the buttocks, hips, flanks, thigh, backs of the arms, and even the chin. A tummy tuck sculpts the midsection by manually repositioning and trimming muscle and skin across the abdomen. This procedure can repair muscle separation that may stem from obesity or pregnancy, and smooth a soft, saggy abdomen.
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Is Fat Transfer Surgery Right for Me?
Fat transfer surgery has become a popular treatment option for people who want to enhance specific aspects of their appearance without foreign objects or substances. While fat transfer is often performed as a form of facial rejuvenation by enhancing the cheeks and lips, this process can also be performed on the breasts, buttocks, and backs of the hands to resolve the signs of aging.
Good candidates for fat transfer must be in good health and also must have sufficient fatty tissue on one or more areas of the body to support an optimal outcome. It is also important to have realistic treatment goals. For example, women interested in fat transfer breast augmentation should understand that it is not likely that a single fat transfer will achieve more than one cup size increase. The process can be repeated in time if so desired.
What Should I Expect After Body Contouring Surgery?
Body contouring surgery can be immensely gratifying for qualified patients. Recovery time can vary based on the procedure or procedures performed. In general, though, most body contouring procedures carry similar risks and have a recovery period of about two weeks. After surgery, patients will be advised to limit their activity for at least two weeks. They may walk but should avoid rigorous physical activity. Compression garments may need to be worn to help reduce swelling, and bruising may be present for a week or two.
The results of body contouring surgery may be seen right away. As swelling subsides, the outcome of the procedure becomes increasingly apparent. While the results of body contouring are affected by the natural aging process, they are typically long-lasting. With healthy lifestyle habits that maintain weight and muscle tone, the cosmetic benefits of body contouring can be prolonged.