Thanks to the rapid development and advancement of new techniques and technologies in the field of aesthetic medicine, you can change, contour, or shape different parts of your body as you please.
What is body contouring?
Body contouring is a surgical and non-surgical procedure whose goal is to reduce targeted fat in some areas, add shape to your body and ultimately tighten loose skin.
There are many reasons why patients desire to make small tweaks in their appearance or even aim for a drastic change through surgery. These can range from wanting to lose weight to adding shape or volume to certain areas of the body such as the buttocks. Whatever these reasons are, there is no doubt that nowadays there are multiple options for these patients.
We can find two main types of procedures you can choose from if you want to contour your figure. You can take the surgical procedure route or you can take the non-surgical procedure route.
Let’s go through each one of them and see their advantages and disadvantages, as well as what results you will obtain from both of them.
Surgical Procedures for Body Contouring
Body contouring surgery encompasses a range of different body sculpting techniques that cosmetic surgeons use to shape almost any area of the body. Through body sculpting surgery, patients can effectively remove excess fat and skin that does not respond to diet and exercise.
The first step is to carry out an exhaustive assessment of the patient by your trusted doctor's clinical history (allergies, medication, history...), analyze their expectations, and assess the areas to be treated.
Depending on your goals and the areas to be treated, various techniques can be applied:
Is one of the most popular surgical procedures in the aesthetics industry, and is often performed on both men and women. It consists of removing fat accumulated in different areas of the body: hips, thighs, arms, knees…
It is performed under local, epidural, or general anesthesia and has to be done by a plastic surgeon.
Liposuction is an intervention that serves to shape the silhouette or figure of a person, but it is never a treatment dedicated to weight loss.
This invasive procedure is indicated for people who have a flabby abdomen, with excess skin and slight abdominal distension or bulging, which cannot be corrected despite exercise or dieting. Normally these circumstances usually occur after pregnancy in women or after significant weight loss after being overweight or obese for a long time.
This procedure requires a horizontal incision in the area between the pubic hairline and the navel. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are corrected and sutured and excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
This procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia, after a preoperative study.
3. Body Lift
A body lift is one of the options for patients who have experienced a lot of weight loss in a short period and want to get rid of the loose skin and achieve a smoother figure.
It is a technique that involves a scar in a "belt" and should be applied only in selected cases in which other partial procedures would not solve comprehensively the flaccidity to be corrected.
By eliminating and readapting the excess skin and adipose tissue that may exist in this area, we remodel and improve the patient's body contour.
There are various body lifts treatments depending on the targeted part of the body.
- An upper lift includes the upper arms, breasts, and fat rolls along the back.
- A mid-body lift targets the abdomen and lower back area.
- A lower body lift focuses on the hips and buttocks area.
Invasive and Surgical treatments such as the one we mentioned above, certainly have their pros and cons, so it is up to the circumstances of the patient and their choice to undergo this kind of procedure:
Advantages of Surgical Procedures
- Very developed and advanced procedures
- Sculpt your figure
- Improve your confidence
- Versatile procedures: you can tackle multiple areas of the body
Disadvantages of Surgical Procedures
- Surgical risks
- During recovery, patients may experience swelling and pain
- Downtime: several weeks
- Expensive treatments
Non-Surgical Procedures for Body Contouring
On the other hand, for those patients looking for immediate results, a more accessible and affordable treatment, painless and with barely any downtime possible, then non-invasive procedures are the way to go for you.
1. Body Fillers
Did you know that Hyaluronic Acid fillers are also applicable to several parts of the body? Besides, Hyaluronic Acid is a substance naturally found in our bodies and is responsible for attracting water, and hydrating the skin.
However, the amount of Hyaluronic Acid our body produces is reduced with aging. Creams, serums, or shampoos can help to some capacity, but injecting hyaluronic acid will help your body to attract more water and you will achieve more hydration and moisture.
HYAcorp has become the pioneer in the body fillers industry. Its biphasic and high particle size gel found on their products allows an easier injection, more volume, and long-lasting results for up to 24 months.
The premium hyaluronic acid fillers range can offer different solutions for body shaping: whether you want to add volume or restore the one you lost, improve skin texture, correct hip dips or cellulite, you can decide which one is right for you.
These are a few reasons why body fillers can be the best solution for body contouring:
● The methods are minimally invasive
● They provide immediate and non-permanent results
● The duration of the procedure is very short
● You have plenty of available options to choose from
● Minimal downtime as compared to the surgical methods
2. Body Radiofrequency
Body radiofrequency is a treatment used in aesthetic medicine to combat flaccidity and cellulite; it is a treatment that can be performed in any season of the year, although keep in mind that it usually lasts for several sessions.
With the application of body radiofrequency, deep and optimal heating of the skin is obtained, which causes a tightening of the connective tissue structures as well as vasodilation and drainage of fatty deposits to the lymphatic system.
The result is the improvement of the quality and consistency of the skin, The skin becomes progressively smoother. Its effects are visible from the first month, although this effect is much more noticeable after the fourth month.
The technology behind this non-invasive procedure consists of removing the localized fat by freezing fat cells. The localized fat is eliminated naturally and gradually, most of the patients who have tried it begin to see results after the third week and evolve until they obtain the best definitive results after 3 months.
Currently, you can treat several areas of the body such as Jowls, arms, back, abdomen, flanks, love handles, inner thighs, or knees.
These are one of the most popular surgical and non-surgical procedures among the population. Of course, each one has its advantages and disadvantages, that’s why you should choose what is the one that suits you best.
Always consult with your doctor and make sure that your treatment is adapted and tailor-made to your needs and preferences.
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