Congratulations! Achieving your ideal body weight can sometimes take a lot of work, whether through diet, exercise, surgery, or a combination of these. Even maintaining your optimal weight over the years takes determination and effort of which you can be suitably proud.
Yet sometimes your body shape doesn’t reflect your hard work. Particularly as you get older, your body may store fat differently, or it may draw calories from some places and not others. No amount of diet or exercise seems to target these trouble spots. Sometimes excess skin is the problem, particularly if you’ve lost some elasticity and your skin doesn’t bounce back during rapid weight loss.
You don’t need to accept what Mother Nature offers in terms of shape after weight loss. Body contouring includes a range of techniques that let you choose the way you look, no matter how your body emerges from weight loss. Today, you can choose from both surgical and non-surgical contouring procedures.
Traditional contouring methods
Liposuction uses special surgical tools to vacuum away fat that remains after weight loss. Typically, you could retain fat stores on your upper arms, stomach, waistline, buttocks, or thighs. Liposuction techniques can help reduce the amount of fat retained in any of these locations.
There are some limits to liposuction, though, and when excess skin is also an issue, other surgical procedures may be better suited. The tummy tuck is a common procedure both after weight loss and after a woman is done having children. Depending on your needs, a tummy tuck can remove fat and excess skin as well as reconnect muscles that separate during pregnancy and childbirth.
Other lift procedures can do the same for other trouble spots. Arms, thighs, and buttocks are all candidates for surgical toning after you’ve reached optimal weight.
Sometimes, your body shape goals may not include only places that need reduction. For instance, a woman may want larger breasts at the same time she’s reshaping elsewhere. In a win-win procedure, it’s sometimes possible to relocate fat tissue from a problem area to another that needs augmentation. Called fat grafting, it may be used to improve the appearance of your face, breasts, hands, buttocks, hips, or feet.
There are several non-surgical approaches to body contouring. At Sterling Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we’re proud to offer CoolSculpting® to our patients who want to adjust their body shape without the recovery time associated with surgery. CoolSculpting literally freezes away fat cells through a series of in-office treatments that have no downtime.
You can book a session and continue your regular activities immediately after. The temperature changes in your target area start a natural body process that flushes excess fat cells from your system.
There’s no reason to settle after you finish your weight-loss journey. As body contouring specialists, Dr. Mark Mathieson and our team at Sterling Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are your partners in putting the final touches on your new body. Call our office today to arrange your personal consultation to find out more about what body contouring can do for you.