Body plastic surgery procedures are the surgical procedures of the abdomen, breasts, thighs, and arms that change the contours and curves of the body. They can bring back the pre-baby shape after childbirth (sometimes called a “mommy makeover”), tighten loose skin from weight losses, and otherwise bring back youthful contours. Extensive body contouring procedures post operation can help newly loose areas of the body regain their natural elasticity and conform themselves to the natural appearance of the new bodily shape. Longer recovery times are not uncommon following tummy tucks, butt lifts, liposuction, and abdominoplasty.
Abdominoplasty procedures sometimes result in panniculus, or a dense and fatty layer left over in the lowest abdominal area, and some patients will require panniculectomy to remove these accumulations. Breast lifts often lead to unsightly scars that need to be tended and removed. Tummy tucks can result in awkward contours of stomach skin that lead to unsightly physical characteristics, such as protruding pelvic bones.
Patients suffering a damaged abdominal wall from injuries, herniation, or surgical issues can have their abdominal walls reconstructed with autologous tissues, as well as synthetic substitutes when native tissue cannot be used. Openings in the abdominal wall called ventral hernias may also require surgical solutions in which tissue expanders are placed under the skin and abdomen, and gradually expanded with sterile saline to help the abdominal wall reconfigure its natural arrangement. Injured or inoperative muscles are moved during the expansion, thereby reconstructing the missing or damaged wall. Some abdominal procedures include: abdominoplasty / tummy tuck, floating abdominoplasty and abdominal wall reconstruction.
Body plastic surgery can also help to remove vascular birth marks that have resulted from ill-formed blood vessels. These marks, which are variously called hemangiomas and “port wine stains,” involve blotchy, red appearances on the surface of the skin, and can be removed through surgical and laser procedures.
It is difficult to estimate the likelihood of requiring post-op “touch ups,” but it’s important that patients understand this to be a common result of bodily plastic surgery.
Successful bariatric surgeries often are followed by a body lift procedure to help lift the skin and remove excess skin folds that result from the insufficient elastics of the skin. Every dramatic weight loss and lift requires an amount of follow up procedures designed to ease the body into naturally conforming to the new elasticity and weight of the resulting frame. Some procedures performed to help with this are post-bariatric/gastric bypass surgery, bariatric body lift, and buttocks lift.
Arm and Thigh Lifts
Breast lifts, additional tummy tucks, thigh lifts, and further augmentations can help these areas maintain their finer form after the initial surgery takes place. Brachioplasty and thigh lift are commonly performed.
Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed body contouring procedures in the Williams Center for Breast and Body Contouring. For a less-invasive approach to body contouring, there is the so-called “weekend” liposuction and lift procedures that assist in the procedure with gentle, incremental progress. These include body contouring, liposuction, and weekend liposuction.
Gender-specific contouring procedures can specifically target and refine areas such as abdominal etching to reframe the male stomach with more distinct abdominal muscles, and gynecomastia, or the tightening of the male breasts to avoid drooping and sag. Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incisions, while mandatory drains help the body to remove any excess fluid during the first week following body surgeries. Compression garments may also be given to patients to ease their swelling and assist in body contouring and abdominal etching.