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Which Body Contouring Procedure Is Best for Me?

Posted November 29, 2016 in Arm Lift Surgery, Body Contouring, CoolSculpting, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck Surgery

Just about everyone wants a slim and flattering figure. A person may try all types of dieting methods and crazy exercise routines to lose weight and tone the body. Although some are successful in creating a thinner, better-contoured physique, others find that losing those last few inches is the hardest.

Plastic surgery is an option that comes to mind when someone wants to eliminate fat and tone the body. However, with so many body contouring options, most people may be asking the question, “Which body contouring procedure is best for me?” Depending on an individual’s goals and severity of correction, he or she may undergo one or more body contouring surgeries.

Get Rid of Stubborn Fatty Deposits

When diet and exercise have seemed to fail, liposuction may be the perfect procedure for removing fat and toning the body. As one of the most popular plastic surgeries, liposuction can help a person to achieve more slender body contours. During liposuction, Dr. Taylor utilizes the time-tested tumescent technique. An injection of a tumescent solution is used to break up fat before its removal. Fat is gently removed using a cannula with the power-assisted technique or ultrasound-assisted (UAL) technique.

Non-surgical Fat Removal and Body Contouring

before-and-after-coolsculptingMore and more people are requesting non-surgical plastic surgery options. Among one of the latest techniques is CoolSculpting®. Patients who have fat they would like to target but are apprehensive about a surgical procedure such as liposuction may be more suited for CoolSculpting®. A safe and non-invasive procedure, CoolSculpting® is designed to remove fat naturally using controlled cooling to target and crystallize fat cells.

“Tuck In” a Sagging Abdomen

before-and-after-coolsculptingPregnancy, weight fluctuations, and aging can take a huge toll on the body, especially the abdominal area. The aftermath may be excess fat and loose, hanging skin on the abdomen as well as weak abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery is used to surgically excise fat, skin, and tissue that causes the abdomen to “pooch out” and to tighten stretched out abdominal muscles. Liposuction may also be used to target surrounding areas such as the love handles and back for optimal results. Patients can achieve a firmer, more toned abdomen with results that last for many years!  

Lift the Arms Into a More Youthful Position

Fat and skin in the arms can be unflattering and embarrassing to expose. Many people who have loose skin and excess fat deposits in the upper arms avoid showing the arms off in revealing fashions. Patients who want to get rid of a “flabby” arm appearance may be wondering if they can treat their problem with just liposuction. If a patient only has fat to target, liposuction may be an ideal option; however, if they present sagging skin, tissue, and fat, they may need arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty.

Arm lift surgery involves an incision on the underside of the upper arm. Excess skin and fat are removed, the remaining skin is redraped over the arm contours, and sutures are used to close the incisions. Patients who have excessive amounts of fat to be removed may combine an arm lift with liposuction for the best results.

With so many options out there, it is important that patients educate themselves on body contouring procedures. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has all of your common body contouring questions answered.

If you want a slimmer, more attractive figure, body contouring surgery may be an ideal option for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Taylor today! He is an experienced plastic surgeon who can evaluate your anatomy and goals to suggest the best procedure. Contact us by calling (626) 577-7730 or by filling out our online contact form.

Thomas S. Taylor, MD, FACS

The Aesthetic Society American Society of Plastic Surgery Fellow American College of Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery ABMS MOC American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

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