You may have worked hard to lose weight, but sometimes the hard work you put into looking your best is masked by hanging skin and stubborn fat deposits. Body sculpting procedures can help you fully realize your new body. At Integrated Aesthetics, Dr. Cho will meet with you to design a customized treatment plan to help you reach your goals.
Body Sculpting Procedure Overview
The goal of surgical body sculpting is to remove excess skin from the body, tighten remaining skin and remove localized fat deposits. Body sculpting is often performed after you lose weight to further slenderize your silhouette and help you look your best.
Dr. Cho may choose to perform a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or panniculectomy for those who struggle with stubborn fat and hanging skin in the midsection. In the case of an abdominoplasty, he will use skin and tissue tightening techniques to remove excess skin from your lower abdomen. Your abdominal wall may be tightened using sutures. A panniculectomy, which is often performed after weight reduction, is similar, but does not include any tightening of the abdominal wall.
When performing arm lift surgery to remove hanging skin on your upper arms, Dr. Cho may combine the skin tightening techniques with a liposuction procedure. If your skin elasticity is good, he be able to perform liposuction alone. Depending on the degree of skin excision required to get your best results, Dr Cho may limit the incisions to the armpit region or extend the incision your underarm to your elbow. He will use liposuction and skin removal to tighten the skin. Dr. Cho will place sutures to close the incisions and maintain the new shape of your arms.
Thigh lift surgery is similar to an arm lift in that incisions are made to allow skin and tissue tightening techniques. A thigh lift is performed to slenderize thighs that may have excess skin and stubborn fat deposits. Liposuction may also be used to further tone the skin of your thighs.
Body sculpting surgery will vary depending on the area of your body to be contoured. Common procedures in body sculpting include:
Body Lift (belt lipectomy)
Upper Arm Lift
Fat Grafting to further shape/contour the body
The procedures recommended by Dr. Cho will depend on his assessment of your needs and your goals. For example, to contour the abdominal area he may recommend a tummy tuck or a panniculectomy which does not include tightening of the abdominal wall. In general, if there is an abundance of excess skin, then an incisional based procedure (e.g tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift) may be needed for best results. If the degree of skin laxity is mild or moderate, then BodyTite can be used with liposuction to tighten and reduce fullness with minimal incisions.
Some patients may also consider some of our non-surgical solutions as an alternative or a means to enhance/maintain their surgical results. For example, EmSculpt NEO which helps to build muscle and can also reduce fat is a great means to enhance most body sculpting results.
Possible risks or complications associated with body sculpting procedures may include infection, healing complications, scarring or unmet expectations.
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