What is Body Contouring, and How Can it Help?
With bathing suit season just around the corner, you’re probably starting to think about what you want to look like, or don’t want to look like, in a cute new suit. Inevitably, you start looking closely at your body and pinpointing areas that need improvement.
Whether you’re bothered by abdominal flab, thunder thighs, or loose underarm skin, body contouring offers a solution. Body contouring is a group of head-to-toe procedures used alone or in combination with each other to trim excess fat, tighten sagging areas, and generally shape and tone your body. Tummy tucks, liposuction, gynecomastia surgery, breast lifts, thigh lifts, and arm lifts are common body contouring procedures.
Targeting the Torso
Aside from the face, the torso is one of the most visible parts of the body, and it’s naturally a place that draws the eye. A lackluster torso may benefit from one of several body contouring procedures, including a breast lift, gynecomastia surgery, or a tummy tuck. During a breast lift, also called a mastopexy, your surgeon lifts and rejuvenates your breasts by eliminating extra skin and tightening breast tissue. Mastopexy is a popular procedure, and it is now patients’ top choice (with a 2-1 ranking over breast implants) for a natural, more youthful-looking chest. Gynecomastia surgery (mammaplasty) is a procedure for men wanting to reduce the size of their breasts. Genetics, obesity, drug use, and hormonal changes can cause gynecomastia, which causes enlarged breasts in men at any age. Regardless of cause, gynecomastia can lead to extreme self-consciousness and emotional distress. Mammaplasty corrects the problem by reducing breast size, firming the surrounding skin, and enhancing chest contours. A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, creates a smoother, firmer, and more defined abdomen by eliminating excess fat and skin in the abdominal area and repairing separated or weakened muscles.
Lifting the Limbs
Along with the torso, your limbs might need attention to look camera-ready. An arm lift, or a brachioplasty, tightens sagging and drooping underarm skin, smooths and sculpts muscle tissue beneath the upper arms, and removes pockets of upper arm fat. Unlike some areas of the body, excess underarm skin can’t be eradicated through exercise. Like the arms, the legs can be toned and shaped through body contouring. A thigh lift eliminates excess fat and skin to produce tighter, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin. A thigh lift might be performed in conjunction with liposuction, which removes excess fat to help tone and shape the area. This is a particularly common combination if your thighs’ skin has lost elasticity.
Whether you’re looking to correct one minor problem area or target a larger area of your body, body contouring surgery can make a significant difference in producing a tightened, toned, firmer, and more proportionate body.