Body Sculpture embodies a variety of procedures that deal with improving the body shape and balance of the figure. Surgical procedures include: Liposuction for reshaping excess fatty deposits, Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck for treatment of loose skin and muscle of the abdomen, and Body Lifts for removal of excess skin and fat of the arms thighs and buttocks.
While Liposuction is an excellent contouring procedure for improving figure balance and your overall silhouette, it is not intended as a weight loss method due to limitations on the amount of fat that can be safely removed. Removal of fat is performed through tiny incisions, often hidden in the belly button or natural skin folds. Dramatic or subtle changes can be obtained with little downtime.
Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck ordinarily involves removal of excess skin and tightening of overstretched abdominal muscles due to weight gain and loss, or pregnancy, and is an integral part of a “Mommy Make-over”. Muscle repair is the most essential step to regaining your shapely waistline when exercise does not restore muscle tone and position. Relief of chronic low back pain is a frequent bonus when restoring the normal abdominal muscle position and tightness through abdominoplasty.
We are able to customize abdominoplasty procedures, incorporating liposuction, muscle repair and skin removal, as well as adjusting the location of the incisions to fit your particular needs. At times the incisions necessary can be quite short, like an extended C-section scar, when only minimal skin removal is necessary and the primary concern is repair of the overstretched abdominal muscle. We often refer to this limited incision abdominoplasty as a “Victoria’s Secret” tummy tuck since the scars are more easily hidden in smallish swimwear and lingerie.
The most extensive body sculpture needs are experienced by patients who have lost massive amounts of weight, through diet and exercise alone or assisted by bariatric gastric surgery. It can be very discouraging to succeed at losing a large amount of weight and still not have the body shape that you should because of hanging skin. Skin that does not shrink in the process of weight loss can be removed and repositioned by various body lifts including thigh lifts, buttock lifts, combined lower body lifts and arm lifts (brachioplasty). Properly customized abdominoplasty and other body lifts can complete your final transformation after losing a large amount of weight.
Each procedure has its pros and cons and needs to be evaluated in view of your individual needs.