Body contouring can be a surgical or non-surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat on the body. Surgically, skin, and tissue can also be removed. The goal is to improve the overall appearance of the body.
The procedure is called “body contouring” because it can be used to shape and contour various parts of the body, including the abdomen, arms, thighs, buttocks, and breasts.
Note that body contouring is far different from weight loss. It involves the permanent removal of existing fat cells, as opposed to the shrinking of fat cells.
If you are considering body contouring, it is important that you are the right candidate for the procedure.
Here are some of the best candidates for body contouring:
Individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight
People who have lost a significant amount of weight, either through bariatric surgery or through diet and exercise, are excellent candidates for body contouring. These individuals often have excess skin and tissue that can be removed through the procedure, resulting in a more toned and contoured appearance.
Women who have undergone multiple pregnancies
Women who have had multiple pregnancies may experience a loosening of the abdominal muscles and excess skin around the midsection. Body contouring can help to restore a more youthful and toned appearance to the abdominal area, improving self-confidence and self-esteem.
Sometimes this procedure is called a “mommy makeover.”
Individuals with excess skin and tissue due to aging
As we age, our skin loses elasticity and may become loose and saggy. Body contouring can help to tighten and firm the skin, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
In this procedure, it is more so skin that is targeted, rather than fat. Skin rejuvenation can be achieved non-surgically, so long as the case is not too advanced.
Individuals with stubborn pockets of fat
Despite diet and exercise, some individuals may have stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to weight loss efforts. Body contouring can help to target these areas, resulting in a more contoured and toned appearance.
In the cases of stubborn pockets of fat, non-surgical options, such as CoolSculpting, are more favourable. They avoid incisions that can cause complications.
Individuals who have achieved a stable weight
It is important to achieve a stable weight before undergoing body contouring. Fluctuations in weight can affect the results of the procedure and may require additional treatments to maintain a desired appearance.
Individuals with realistic expectations
It is important to have realistic expectations about the results of body contouring. While the procedure can help improve the appearance of the body, it is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise.
It is important to understand that the procedure is not a quick fix and may require several months to see results. If the procedure was surgical, several months of recovery will also follow.
Smoking can affect the healing process and increase the risk of complications during and after aesthetic procedures. Individuals who smoke are not considered good candidates for body contouring.
Individuals without significant medical conditions
It is important to be in good overall health before undergoing body contouring. Individuals with significant medical conditions may not be considered good candidates for the procedure.
In some cases, non-surgical procedures that use radio-frequency waves can not be used on anyone with a pacemaker or implanted device.
There are several good candidates who qualify for body contouring
In conclusion, body contouring can help to improve the appearance of the body and boost self-confidence and self-esteem.
The best candidates for body contouring are individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight, women who have undergone multiple pregnancies, individuals with excess skin and tissue due to aging, individuals with stubborn pockets of fat, individuals who have achieved a stable weight, individuals with realistic expectations, non-smokers, and individuals without significant medical conditions.
If you are considering body contouring, it is important to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon or doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.