You can commit to exercise programs and a diet of pure protein and vegetables, but it never seems to be enough. Stubborn fat remains pocketed in certain areas—especially the stomach, lower back, thighs, upper arms, and backside—no matter what you do. If nothing else is working, it may be time to turn to body contouring, a procedure, either surgical or nonsurgical, that reshapes your figure to slim or enhance certain assets.
In recent years, body contouring has become a popular solution to add curves or remove excess fat, outlining a desired silhouette. In addition to liposuction and thigh lifts, nonsurgical options have surfaced, adding to the ever-increasing list of body sculpting procedures available. With so many choices, it can be difficult to determine which is right for your body’s needs and goals.
Better understand your eligibility and the potential outcomes by checking out the top five, most popular surgical and body contouring procedures.
Liposuction removes excess fat from areas of the body—including the abdomen, upper arms, buttocks, calves, ankles, chest, back, hips, thighs, chin, and neck—that won’t respond to a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen. Candidates are typically adults within 30 percent of their ideal weight. As typically healthy individuals, they also have elastic skin and good muscle tone. The results? Patients will visibly see a slimmer appearance within one to three months.
Brazilian Butt Lift
A Brazilian butt lift combines liposuction and augmentation, removing stubborn fat from the abdomen or other areas of the body, and transferring it to the buttocks. Interested candidates are typically unhappy with their current backside, feel like it’s too small, or have an asymmetrical behind. This technique provides a solution, creating a rounder and more voluptuous bum.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck slims down the abdominal zone, removing excess skin and fat, and tightening the abdominal muscles. This may be the right body contouring procedure for you if you lead a healthy lifestyle, but suffer from loose skin or fat on the abdomen. Candidates also have realistic expectations about the surgical outcome, which typically includes a flatter, firmer stomach.
For those with excess skin and tissue along their thighs and glute area, a thigh lift may be the perfect solution. It reduces drooping of the thighs and buttocks, removing additional skin and fat tissue, and tightening the area. A thigh lift is an option for those who have experienced major weight loss, are maintaining their current weight and a healthy lifestyle, and have excess soft tissue on either the inner or outer thighs.
To reduce sagging skin on the arms, patients can look to an arm lift. This surgery eliminates excess skin and tightens the underlying supportive tissue, smoothing out the skin of the upper arm. You’re a candidate for an arm lift if you experience upper arm laxity, with minimal fat.
If you’re still unsure which procedure is right for your body and goals, schedule a free consultation with Long Island plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Anthony Buglino. During the session, he will discuss your options and help you determine which technique is best for your specific needs.