There are several reasons why you may consider body contouring surgery. These include the development of loose skin of the trunk and limbs after weight loss, a pooch and loose abdominal muscles after pregnancy, or an area of fat that just doesn't seem to go away despite diet and exercise. New scar management systems and enhanced recovery after surgery protocols have made these body contouring procedures even more accessible to our patients than ever before. In many cases, we can also avoid the use of drains and use local anesthetics that minimize pain medicine use, making recovery that much more straightforward.
Body Contouring Options
Patients can choose a single body contouring procedure, through many choose to combine several procedures to get the look they are seeking. Options include surgeries to contour the abdomen, buttocks, arms, legs, and more. We will carefully evaluate the unique attributes of each of our patients so we can offer the body contouring treatment plan that best suits them.
Known as a tummy tuck, this body contouring procedure can involve the removal of excess fat and lax skin, as well as the repair of separated abdominal muscles. The surgery can be modest, as with a mini-tummy tuck or more dramatic, as with an extended tummy tuck.
Liposuction is the surgical removal of stubborn fat cells. There are many techniques that offer unique benefits. HydraSolve® makes use of water to gently loosen fat to be suctioned out. SMART™ Lipo employs lasers that heat the unwanted cells to liquefy them. VASER® Lipo accomplishes the same effect, but with energy from sound waves.
Is tummy tuck or liposuction the best choice for you? The West County Plastic Surgeons team can help.
Male Breast Reduction
Body contouring surgery to treat gynecomastia gives men flatter, more masculine chest contours by removing breast tissue and fat as necessary. Since the condition involves the development of breast tissue, fat reduction alone may not be sufficient to correct it.
Body Contouring After Weight Loss
Post weight-loss contouring is ideal for women and men who have lost significant amounts of weight, whether due to successful dieting and exercise efforts or thanks to the results of bariatric surgery. Though fat cells shrink as a person's weight goes down, the stretched-out skin can remain, hanging loosely on the body. Body contouring can be tailored to the patient, focusing on areas where pockets of fat remain and excessive lax skin creates a flabby look that disguises the sleek contours of a slimmer body.
Also known as fat grafting, this body contouring surgery takes living fat cells from an area where they are abundant and transfers them to an area that needs more volume. The procedure can be used for everything from creating a rounder, fuller look for the buttocks to refining the results of other augmentation or reconstruction procedures.
An arm lift gets rid of excess, drooping skin that sags from the upper arm—a condition known by many people as "bat wings." This problem can develop after massive weight loss or simply due to the combined effects of genetics, gravity, and time.
Total Body Lift
For patients who need help with sagging skin from virtually head to toe, a total body lift represents a helpful solution. The combination of procedures includes lifting techniques for the lower body paired with body sculpting for the upper body. The result is a proportional, natural look.
Lower Body Lift
Patients dealing with sagging and laxity on the belly and below can opt for a lower body lift. This mix of body contouring surgeries can address the abdomen, flanks, buttocks, lower back, and outer thighs.
Laxity on the upper legs can be a problem after weight loss. A thigh lift is most commonly chosen to contour the inner thighs, but the body contouring surgery can also contour the outer thighs as desired.
Time, childbirth, and genetics can cause the vaginal lips to be larger than desired—and even appear asymmetrical. This can be a problem for anyone wearing yoga pants or a swimsuit. It can also cause uncomfortable friction and chafing. Labia reduction surgery can help.
If you have questions about body contouring in St. Louis or would like to book a consultation with one of the surgeons at West County Plastic Surgery, please call (314) 996-8800.
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