While body contouring procedures run the gamut, most focus on the abdominal region, buttocks and thighs. The bottom line is a slimmer, trimmer figure. Dr. Lloyd Landsman provides details regarding some of the most popular body contouring options.
Formally known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin and fat as well as belly tightening. Performed under general anesthesia, the surgery consists of making a horizontal incision between the belly button and the pubic hairline. The surgeon removes the excess skin and fat and repairs the abdominal muscles. The skin is then pulled down, any extra skin taken off, and the skin remaining sutured together. This is the classic tummy tuck, but mini-tucks are also available.
Expect to take about six weeks for full recovery, but most people can return to work before then. You will see results in a week or so, once you can move more normally. Your body not only appears more slender, but in better proportion to your size.
As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with tummy tuck. Your surgeon will answer any of your questions about these risks, and determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Liposuction and Liposculpture
Those seeking a less invasive body contouring procedure for profile improvement might opt for SmartLipo or Liposculpture, two specific liposuction techniques. These techniques are best suited for those who are not seriously overweight and want better body contours. Virtually any part of the body can benefit from SmartLipo or Liposculpture.
SmartLipo, performed under local anesthesia, removes fat via laser. Fat literally melts away, and the surgeon removes it through tiny incisions. Results are permanent. Most people return to normal activities within a few days.
Done under general anesthesia, liposculpture involves removal of fat cells via a small tube which is placed in various minute incisions through which it sucks out fat cells. Once gone, these fat cells cannot return. However, future weight gain can affect surgical results, as is true with SmartLipo. Generally, recovery time is between one to two weeks for resumption of all activities.
Other Body Contouring Procedures
Not all body contouring procedures involve the torso. For those with loose arm skin, an arm lift, or brachioplasty, gives the area a sculpted appearance. For women seeking vaginal rejuvenation, vaginoplasty can restore the vagina to a pre-childbirth or more youthful state. Women unhappy with the size or appearance of their labia might opt for labiaplasty, a procedure removing excess tissue.
If you would like to learn more about body contouring and the best options for your needs, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Landsman. Contact our Long Island practice to speak to a member of our team today.