Our New Orleans patients who are interested in reshaping and sculpting their bodies often ask what body contouring entails. The term body contouring is one used in the cosmetic surgery world to illustrate a collection of surgeries that can help to sculpt a more voluptuous silhouette.
Women and men who have undergone drastic weight loss or whose weight has changed frequently over time may desire body contouring to remove fat, tighten the skin, and sculpt the body. Body contouring can also be used for those who have found that diet and exercise are not as effective at shaping their bodies now that they are older.
What Is a Body Contouring Treatment?
Plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters performs many body contouring and sculpting procedures for his New Orleans patients, including:
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery)
- Breast lift surgery
- Fat grafting
- Laser skin tightening procedures
You can learn more about how procedures like liposuction can define and reshape your body from top to bottom in our related blog post. The options for sculpting your new body are endless.
Who Can Benefit From Body Sculpting?
You may be a great candidate for body contouring if you have loose skin, droopy body parts (like the buttocks or breasts), or stubborn fat that is not responsive to diet and exercise. The hips, flanks, neck, abdomen, and lower back, for example, can each collect fat, causing unsightly bulges. Great candidates for this procedure are women and men who are at their goal weight and wish for a firmer, more chiseled shape.
Customized Body Contouring Plan
At your initial visit, Dr. Walters will devise an aesthetic treatment plan for you. This could include both nonsurgical and surgical treatments. Surgeries, such as a breast lift or augmentation, liposuction, and abdominoplasty, typically require the use of general anesthesia. The goal during surgery is to create small incisions that can be hidden behind clothing, and to minimize unsightly fat and loose skin, revealing a thinner, tighter silhouette.
Nonsurgical services are typically completed without any need for sedation. This commonly includes laser skin tightening, radiofrequency treatments, and CoolSculpting.
Body Contouring FAQs
Is body contouring safe?
Body contouring procedures are generally safe when performed by a qualified professional like Dr. Walters. Complications from these treatments are rare, but they can occur. Our experienced staff will review your medical history and any medications you are taking to ensure body contouring is right for you. We also work hard to minimize your risk of complications.
How do I prepare for body contouring?
Preparation for body contouring is just as important as the procedure itself. Dr. Walters will provide a specific set of instructions on how to prepare for treatment, which may include avoiding certain medications or supplements, quitting smoking, and eating a healthy diet. This allows patients to experience optimal results.
Will my body contouring results look natural?
We understand that some patients are concerned about looking “overdone” after body contouring. Our experienced team carefully tailors each procedure to the individual’s needs and desired results to ensure a natural look. During your consultation, we will discuss your goals for treatment and develop a plan to help you achieve them.
What’s Recovery Like?
If your treatment plan includes a surgical procedure, you can expect to be sent home to heal and recover afterward. Nonsurgical services usually do not require rest and recovery.
It’s not uncommon for our patients to undergo many procedures at once on multiple body parts, which could require staying overnight. Body contouring was created to sculpt your body, so whether you have chosen nonsurgical or surgical treatments or some of each, you can expect a thinner, trimmer silhouette and a more curvaceous physique.
Redefine Your Shape
If you desire a sexier shape, larger breasts, a rounder bottom, or a tighter tummy, body contouring at the MODERN Plastic Surgery & Med Spa can give you the body you want through a number of different surgical and nonsurgical options. We encourage you to contact our Metairie, LA, practice so we can arrange a consultation, determine your aesthetic goals, and construct a custom plan for you. We look forward to helping you.