Everyone has something they’d like to change about their appearance or their body. Whether it’s losing extra fat, getting a flatter tummy or getting larger breasts, you can transform your body with the help of a number of plastic surgery procedures. Learn more about each procedure, what it does and what it requires to see if plastic surgery to change your body shape or size is the best choice for you.
Transform Your Body with Liposuction
Fat can be a tricky thing. Your body needs it, but not too much of it. Even if you’re at a healthy weight and are otherwise content with your size and shape, you might still have some pesky, unwanted fat hanging around in certain areas.
Some people’s bodies naturally store fat in certain areas, such as around the abdomen, the hips or the thighs. Exercise and diet isn’t always enough to transform your body shape or get rid of that extra fat, because your body thinks it needs to hang on to it.
That’s where liposuction comes in. Long considered the gold standard for fat removal, liposuction isn’t going going anywhere soon, even though there are new non-surgical methods of fat removal available. Newer liposuction techniques, such as the super wet technique, are being incorporated into the traditional making, making it easier to remove a considerable amount of unwanted fat from a single area while being safer than older techniques.
During liposuction, a plastic surgeon typically injects a mixture containing saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine into the fat that’s to be removed. The solution causes the fat to swell and firm up, which makes the process of removing it easier and reduces the risk for complications or the need for blood transfusions.
Liposuction can be performed on a number of areas of the body, including the abdominal area, the hips, the thighs, the upper arms and even under the chin. Depending on how much stubborn fat you have and where it’s located on the body, you might have liposuction in several places to transform your body all over.
How long liposuction takes to perform depends on the size of the area being treated. It can take anywhere from one hour for small areas to four hours for larger or multiple treatment areas. Recovery after the surgery usually takes about a week, during which time you’ll want to take it easy. Wearing a compression garment after liposuction will help shape and transform the treated area.
Transform Your Body with a Tummy Tuck
Liposuction only removes extra unwanted fat from the body. For some people, that’s enough to change the shape of their body and give them the look they are after. But if you are dealing with sagging or excess skin in certain areas, such as the abdomen, you might need a lifting surgery to fully transform your body.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is usually the best way to flatten and tone your stomach area, particularly if you have a tummy pooch after having kids or due to aging. The surgery transforms the abdomen in a number of ways.
First, the procedure involves cutting away loose or excess skin. Second, the surgeon will often tighten the muscles in the abdominal area, creating a smoother, flatter and more toned appearance. The surgery also often involves liposuction to eliminate extra fat from the tummy area.
The type of tummy tuck your surgeon performs depends on the size of your tummy, the amount of extra skin you have, and your overall goals. If you have just a small amount of loose skin or extra fat, you might benefit from a mini tummy tuck. A traditional, full tummy tuck is often best for patients with a considerable amount of sagging skin, loose muscles and extra fat.
Transform Your Body with Breast Augmentation
There are a number of ways breast augmentation can transform your body. The surgery, which involves placing implants in the breasts, can enhance your breasts by increasing their size and fullness. Breast augmentation can also be performed after childbirth and breastfeeding to restore your breasts to their original size.
You have a number of choices to make when you’re considering breast augmentation. Some women want a subtle change and choose smaller implants, while others might want a more dramatic transformation and pick bigger implants.
Along with implant size, you also want to think about implant materials. You can choose from either saline or silicone implants. Each option has its pros and cons. For example, silicone implants tend to be softer and create a more natural feel than saline. But saline implants can be filled after insertion, meaning the incisions made can be much smaller. The surgeon can also adjust the size of saline implants based on how much he fills them or not.
However you decide to transform your body, it’s important to remember that these options are surgery and do require some recovery afterwards. You’ll want to discuss the recovery process, as well as what else you can expect from each procedure with a board certified plastic surgeon beforehand.
Dr. Paul Vitenas is a well-respected and top-rated plastic surgeon in Houston, Texas. He performs hundreds of breast augmentations, tummy tucks and liposuction procedures each year. To learn more about your options for changing your body shape, call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas today.