Bodies change with age, weight gain and loss and pregnancies. Abdominal muscles can weaken (diastasis recti), skin can stretch, and fat can deposit in undesirable locations. Individualized procedures can help reconstitute a body to one that is more vibrant and youthful.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Generally referred to as a "tummy tuck", abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen. The procedure also helps to flatten the abdomen by tightening the surrounding muscles. Women with stretched abdominal areas due to previous pregnancies can benefit considerably from abdominoplasty, although they should have completed their childbearing. Older individuals whose skin has lost some of its elasticity and are slightly obese can experience an improvement in their abdominal area.
If you are in generally good physical shape but are concerned about abdominal fat deposits or loose skin that does not respond to diet and exercise, the procedure can potentially reduce or even eliminate a protruding abdomen. Abdominoplasty will leave a scar that will often be hidden bellow the bikini line.
Now among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, liposuction (also known as "lipoplasty" or "suction lipectomy") sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat from areas around the thighs, knees, buttocks, waist, hips, abdomen, chin, cheeks, neck and upper arms. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), tumescent technique and the super-wet technique are among the various techniques used to provide precise results.
Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, but the procedure can eliminate areas of fat that are unresponsive to typical weight-loss methods.
Post Bariatric (Weight-Loss) Surgery
Body styles and images of ideal bodies have changed over time. Today the influence of the media has pushed individuals to seek out leaner, tighter shapes. Ironically this is in contrast to the epidemic of obesity present in this country. There has been a rise in the surgical treatments for obesity resulting in patients who need basically body redraping procedures. These can range from abdominoplasties, mastopexies, facelifts, thigh lifts to total body lifts – or any combination mentioned.
It is important when approaching bariatric surgery to be aware of the possible need for plastic surgical recontouring.
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