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Information on Body Contouring Surgery

Body contouring procedures are an effective way to look and a feel more attractive, giving you that jolt of self-confidence that makes you a winner in both your personal relationships and the increasingly competitive workplace. Is it right for you? Learn more about body contouring surgery including liposuction, tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, buttock augmentation, calf augmentation and the expertise required of the surgeons who perform them. Read about the plastic surgeon's credentials; view before and after body contouring photos, make an informed decision and schedule a consultation.

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Liposuction sometimes called lipoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure in which excess fat is removed from fat deposits located between the skin and muscle by means of a small, thin stainless steel instrument called a cannula. For many people, unsightly fat deposits are not caused by an unhealthy diet or a lack of exercise but rather by genetics. Liposuction can be used to streamline stubborn fat pockets in thighs, hips, waist, back, inside of the knees, calves, arms, chest and chin, resulting in a shapelier silhouette.

Before the procedure, the surgeon will sit down with you for a lengthy consultation. He or she will help you decide which options are best for you based on your expectations, skin type and budget. The procedure itself can be done either in the surgeon's office or ambulatory surgery center; only in cases where an overnight stay is anticipated because large volumes of fat are being removed will it be scheduled for a hospital. Either local or general anesthesia can be used depending upon the volume of fat to be removed and your feelings about the operation.

During the liposuction procedure, the cannula is inserted into fat deposits through a series of small incisions. Fat is removed using either a suction pump or a syringe. The length of the operation varies with the volume of fat being removed.

Sometimes the surgeon will use an ultrasound device to emulsify fat before it is removed (Ultrasound-assisted liposuction.) Another technique involves injecting a saline solution containing epinephrine and an analgesic into the fat deposits before the procedure (tumescent liposuction.)

After the procedure, a drainage device may be inserted under your skin in the operation area to prevent the buildup of excess fluid. You will be required to wear a specialized support garment for two to six weeks. There may be some soreness and a burning sensation for the first few days which can be easily relieved with over the counter pain medications.

Almost 200,000 liposuction procedures were performed in 2009. While the majority of these were performed on women, more and more men are also coming to realize the advantages of cosmetic body contouring.

Tummy Tuck Surgery - Abdominoplasty

Tummy tuck surgery also called an abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes both excess fat and skin from the abdomen. Even individuals who are careful with their diets can develop flabby and protruding abdomens. Heredity, past pregnancies, prior surgeries, weight fluctuations and the normal bodily changes associated with aging are all contributing factors. Tummy tucks can help you retain a slender, more youthful appearing contour.

There are two types of tummy tucks:

Complete abdominoplasty: With this procedure, a hip-to-hip, pubic-line incision is made, and your navel will be freed from the underlying tissues so that your surgeon can manipulate fat, skin and musculature.

Partial or mini abdominoplasty: With this procedure, a much smaller incision is made and your navel will not need to be removed. This procedure is designed for individuals who do not need muscle retightening and whose fat pockets lie underneath the navel.

Post-surgical recovery can take several weeks. Immediately following the surgery, you will be required to wear an elastic compression garment and restrict your movements. You'll need to empty the drains removing fluids from the operation site several times a day, and to record that output. Any abdominal surgery is major surgery, and a fair amount of pain and swelling are normal.

Tummy tucks are the fifth most popular type of surgery, and just under 120,000 of them were performed in 2009.

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