Body Contouring Articles

The mommy makeover is still one of the most sought-after procedure packages at many plastic and cosmetic surgery centers around the country. New moms who are eager to get their pre-baby bodies back can undergo a series of procedures that will get rid of the excess body fat accumulated from pregnancy, restore their breasts to a perkier position, and even tighten the abs and midsection if needed. The Southern Surgical Arts Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee offers a Mommy Makeover “Plus” package that includes common procedures as well as vaginal rejuvenation surgery.

Whether you’re booking up BOTOX appointments or heading off for a microdermabrasion treatment, your age plays an important role in the results of your procedure. That’s what experts at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) conference explained during a discussion about cosmetic surgery for aging skin in 2007, shedding some light on how each decade in life correlates to dramatically different results in most patients.

If you’ve been thinking about liposuction to get rid of a few unwanted pounds, you may need to undergo a body contouring procedure to sculpt and define your body for the perfect silhouette. Body contouring procedures are designed to reposition and reshape the skin after weight loss so that you’re not left with loose or sagging skin.

While thousands of Americans head to the plastic surgeon’s office for liposuction to remove stubborn fat and achieve a streamlined appearance, there are options for those that don’t want to go under the knife. Lipo-Ex is one of the latest innovative procedures designed to melt the fat under the skin and tighten up surrounding tissues to create a smoother appearance. Lipo-Ex works by melting the fat, including visceral fat, under the skin and doesn’t require a single incision.

Many plastic surgeons performing liposuction turn to laser-assisted liposuction devices or radio frequency assisted liposuction to perform body contouring and body sculpting techniques. Both of these procedures use either heat or laser energy to cause tissue contraction, which helps to shape, tone and tighten the body. Radio Frequency Assisted Lipo (RAFL) is among the latest technologies for body sculpting and permanent fat removal, and is currently undergoing FDA testing.

Losing body fat with liposuction is just one way to improve your silhouette. If you’re interested in changing the shape and contours of your body without surgery, consider a non invasive body slimming procedure. Many plastic surgeons in the United States now offer several non invasive body slimming treatments that can help to reduce inches, improve the appearance of problem areas and help you achieve a more sculpted, contoured appearance. Since many of these procedures don’t involve any downtime, you can go back to work and resume other activities shortly after your visit.

If your healthy diet and rigorous workout routine still haven’t gotten you that beach-ready body, a trip to the plastic surgeon’s office could be just what you need before you hit the sand and water.

Body contouring procedures including Thermage and VelaSmooth are becoming increasingly popular non-surgical treatments in the U.S., and UltraShape is making waves in the European and Canadian markets at the ultimate solution for fat and cellulite reduction. Many people who undergo weight loss surgery or liposuction need a body contouring treatment to achieve a smooth, sculpted silhouette. Now, the makers of UltraShape are testing an innovative device called the Contour Plus, a device designed to target stubborn fatty deposits and tighten up the skin.

Bariatric surgery, the stomach shrinking procedure that is sometimes referred to as weight loss surgery, has worked its way into the American vernacular in recent years, and continued media attention is keeping the controversial procedure fresh on public tongues. In the last twelve months Medicare has removed language from official documents stating that obesity is not an illness, health insurers like Michigan's M-Care have added benefits including discounts on weight loss programs and bariatric surgery, and clips of the surgery being performed made its way into the blockbuster documentary Super Size Me. The amount of surgeries being performed reflects this trend. The number continues to increase, and, according to Georgeann Mallory, executive director of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS), more than 140,000 are expected for 2004, the most since the procedure was first performed in 1954.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Reality TV shows are creating a greater public awareness of cosmetic surgery and may attribute to the growth in procedures, however, these shows have not caused a rampant increase. The number of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures increased 5 percent in 2004, with more than 9.2 million procedures performed – a growth rate steady with that of the U.S. economy, according to statistics released today by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). New five-year trending data shows cosmetic procedures are up 24 percent from 2000, reports the ASPS.