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Body Contouring

Body contouring is a safe and effective way to get your body back in shape without the stress of a stringent exercise and diet program.  It can and will return your self confidence and help you discover who you use to be.  Body-contouring surgeries are used to handle complications after losing a large amount of weight quickly.  This may happen from bariatric surgery or other natural weight loss programs. This procedure is sometimes necessary to prevent health complications from the excess skin which may cause rashes and skin infections.

Body-contouring surgery may include: tummy tuck and the lifting and tightening of all skin that is sagging and loose.  The many areas that are treated include: breasts, thighs, arms and the lower body.  In our society of supermodels and Hollywood starlet bodies, women and men feel an ever-increasing amount of pressure to look very thin and toned. However, many of us simply do not have a lot of time to devote to exercise and weight loss programs, as a general rule.

Even though there are many risks and benefits involved, body contouring is quickly replacing more traditional exercise and diet programs. For many, diet and exercise alone are simply not enough to get rid of all of the excess skin after a quick and massive weight loss. Body contouring safely rids them of the skin with a minimal amount of recovery time.

Many cosmetic surgeons are devoting a large portion of their surgery time to body contouring as an answer to the skin problem. According to American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2008 there were 10.2 million surgical and non-surgical procedures performed in the US.  The main procedures included: breast augmentation, breast reduction, liposplasty, eye lid surgery, rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty and gynecomastia for men.  There has been more than 67,000 body-contouring procedures done since 2007 (in excess of 100 pounds) and they are increasing every year.

Side Effects from Body-contouring Surgery:

As with any surgery there may be side effects associated with body-contouring surgery. These include: swelling, fluid buildup under the skin, infections and open wounds that need tended to.  The patient will have to spend several days in the hospital with drainage tubes attached.  It is very important to be prepared for these possible complications before starting the surgery. These normally subside considerably within the first week or two after the procedure.

Although the patient is required to maintain a healthy weight in order for the results to last, many do not realize this and are then forced to repeat the procedure fairly frequently. Before you choose a body contour via plastic surgery procedure that is not covered by insurance, talk to your doctor and find out if body-contouring surgery is right for you.

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