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Pairing Surgical Body Contouring Procedures: Which Go Together?

Submitted by Dr. Fasching on Thu 09/12/2019 - 15:45

You have made a real substantial change to your lifestyle to obtain the body you’ve always wanted. You started eating better, exercising more, and successfully ditched all of your bad habits that were keeping you from your goal; being the most beautiful and attractive person you can be. 

Losing a dramatic amount of weight is quite an achievement proving that all of your hard work and dedication has paid off. However, you may have noticed that despite being significantly lighter on the scale your current appearance doesn’t reflect this new slimmer you that you have fought so hard to achieve, having loose saggy skin in places where your excess fat use to be. 

Loose skin is the unfortunate side effect of rapid weight loss, as the skin doesn’t have enough time to naturally contract and conform to your new body contours. In addition to this, carrying a significant amount of weight over the years has also stretched out your skin beyond its limit of elasticity and is not capable of fully contracting regardless of how much weight you lose. 

Getting older, genetic factors and pregnancy can also contribute to poor skin elasticity resulting in a saggy tissue of the buttocks, abdomen, and thighs. 

While this unfortunate reality can be quite disappointing, don’t fret! Surgical body contouring can help you get rid of unsightly excess skin and reshape your body into the one you’ve always dreamed of. When planning plastic surgery there are quite a few options to choose from, often being custom-tailored to best suit your particular needs. Pairing surgical body contouring procedures can not only enhance your results but also allow you to fine-tune the contours of your body to perfection. 

Is Surgical Body Contouring Right for you?

Undergoing plastic surgery is a decision that shouldn’t be underestimated, as you are permanently changing the way your body looks. In order to have a good outcome from body contouring surgery there are some important factors to consider:

  • Maintaining a stable weight: While rapid weight loss is a great achievement, keeping it off can be a challenge. Before undergoing any type of surgical body contouring procedure many experienced plastic surgeons recommend maintaining a stable weight for at least a year after significant weight loss. This will ensure that enough time as passed for your skin to shrink or contract to your post-weight-loss body contours as much as possible and that your nutrition has stabilized. Maintaining a stable weight after undergone surgical body contouring procedures will also ensure that the results gained will be long-lasting. 
  • Overall health: Those in poor health are typically not good candidates for surgical body contouring procedures. Chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease can increase your risk of serious complications during and after surgery. Your doctor should give you a clean bill of health and inform you of any potential risks you may be subject to, with the ultimate decision on whether the surgery should be performed depending on your doctor’s approval.
  • Smoking history: Quitting smoking at least 6 weeks prior to surgery is a must. This is due to the fact that smoking slows down the healing process and can increase the risk of serious complications during and after surgery. 
  • Expectations: While surgical body contouring procedures can dramatically improve your physique, keeping your expectations in check will lead to increase satisfaction with your results. Expecting to appear exactly as you once were in your 20’s is near impossible after any cosmetic surgical procedure. The results you’ve gained will also still be affected by the time and the normal aging process.

What’s involved with Surgical Body Contouring Procedures?

Body contouring procedures focused on skin reduction are often done in stages over a period of time to minimize complications. During your in-depth consultation with your surgeon, specifically tailored strategies will be recommended to address your desired expectations from the surgery and to proceed in the safest and most efficient manner possible. It is important to work together with your surgeon to identify problematic or bothersome areas as it may change the approach in which body contouring procedures are carried out. 

The development of scars is an unavoidable consequence of any invasive surgery where large amounts of skin are removed. However, the expert skill and experience of your chosen plastic surgeon will make incisions in the least obvious areas, being trimmed away then sutured back together with fine stitches to minimize the appearance of scars as much as possible. 

Benefits of Combining Plastic Surgery Procedures 

When considering plastic surgery it is seldom that we only have one aesthetic goal to achieve. Loose skin and excess fat can be located in multiple spots on the body, with the elimination of only one bothersome area never being enough to reach our desired level of beauty. 

This has led to a stark rise in the number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed in America today, with the demand for combining different procedures together rapidly increasing. Advancements in medical technology and stringent quality guidelines have made performing multiple procedures not only possible but safer as well.

Anesthesia is an absolute necessity when it comes to performing any type of invasive procedure, and plastic surgery is no different. With the aid of an anesthesiologist, you are gently put in a state of controlled, temporary loss of sensation and awareness as the surgery is being performed. By reducing your exposure to anesthesia, by performing one surgery instead of multiple, you effectively reduce your risk of serious complications. 

Combining several cosmetic procedures can also be cost-effective. Surgeon and anesthesiologist fees, operating room costs, and other associated expenses can add up quickly. Performing multiple procedures together would not only save you much of these costs but also result in less frequent recovery periods, as you will only have to endure one of these unavoidable annoyances of getting surgery instead of several.   

But by far the best benefit of combining plastic surgery procedures is the dramatic results you will obtain. Once the recovery period has ended you will be left with long-lasting and often permanent results that normally take much longer to achieve if done separately. To realize multiple aesthetic goals in a relatively small amount of time can provide a great deal of satisfaction in your appearance and do wonders for your self-esteem. 

The following are some of the most beneficial surgical contouring procedures that can be paired together for amazing results!

Body lift and Liposuction 

Alternatively known as a belt lipectomy, a body lift is a surgical procedure ideal for removing excess skin; effectively reshaping the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. While similar to a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), a body lift extends to include contouring of the flank, upper legs, and buttocks in addition to tightening and toning the stomach area. Commonly, liposuction will be utilized during a body lift to address stubborn pockets of fat that are often resistant to diet and exercise alone. The combination of a body lift with liposuction can effectively eliminate loose skin and excess fat located around your mid-body providing a contoured and youthful body image. 

Contrary to popular belief, liposuction isn’t considered a weight-loss method, but rather a technique to help contour the body by removing fat from specific areas. Traditional forms of diet and exercise are considered superior methods for significant weight reduction, with bariatric procedures (gastric bypass) being a surgical option. The results gained from liposuction are typically long-lasting provided a stable weight is maintained thereafter. 

Mommy Makeover

Consisting of any combination of a breast lift, tummy tuck, or breast augmentation, a mommy makeover can be customized to fit a woman’s needs with the aim of reversing the many changes that occur to a woman’s body after childbirth. In the majority of cases, liposuction will also be utilized to help eliminate stubborn fat pockets as well. 

The process of giving birth and breastfeeding can lead to stretched out skin, weight gain, and a deflated appearance of the breasts that can make a woman feel self-conscious about her appearance. The mommy makeover can successfully “turn back time” on the physical effects that childbearing and raising a family can place on women, giving back her feminine curves.

The advantage of a mommy makeover is that all the aforementioned procedures are performed at the same time. This can provide speedier results for women interested in the procedure as well as being very convenient for busy moms. 

Facelift with Eyelid surgery

A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a procedure that can reduce the appearance of loose saggy skin of the cheeks and jawline that commonly occur due to the effects of aging.  As we age, the shape and appearance of facial skin begin to lose its luster, as skin becomes less elastic and looser with time. Fat deposits may also become prominent in certain places of your face while in others not, altering the youthful-looking contours of your face. A facelift can elevate and tighten the underlying tissues and muscles, effectively resculpting your face. Fat in the face and neck may also be removed or redistributed to better attain a more atheistically pleasing appearance. 

While a facelift can be a great way to erase years off your appearance, your eyes may still reveal your age. Having tightened facial skin with droopy eyelids can give off a displeasing asymmetry to your overall appearance, which is why combining an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) with a facelift if often considered synergistic of achieving beautiful results. An eyelid lift removes excess skin, muscle, and fat from the upper and lower eyelids, with incisions made following the natural lines of your eyelids to be better conceal the appearance of scars. 

Beginning Your Cosmetic Surgery Journey

Choosing to undergo plastic surgery of any kind can be intimidating and shouldn’t be pursued without first doing some research of your own.  Learning about how surgical body contouring can benefit you will be a great motivator to getting the body you’ve always dreamed of, but also learning how undergoing surgery can expose you to potential health risks is equally as beneficial to making informed decisions. 

Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon with ample experience in each type of procedure you wish to combine can provide a sense of confidence that you will achieve the best results possible, and your first step to true self-satisfaction. Not a single person on this planet knows how it is to live in your shoes, what it takes to make you feel beautiful, or how your appearance makes you feel inside. But there are talented doctors that can help you find your way through your own personal journey to physical perfection, offering years of experience, expertise, and compassion. 

Dr. Michael Fashing is one such doctor who is committed to making you the best version of yourself possible. Dr. Fashing and his talented team will ensure that every concern you may have is addressed, making sure any cosmetic procedure you choose to pursue is a comfortable and rewarding experience.

To learn more about surgical body contouring procedures and which can be combined to best suit your unique body type, schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Michael Fasching in the Plymouth, MN area, call (763) 577-7500 today!