Body Contouring

At Buckhead Plastic Surgery, Atlanta

A great body can't always be achieved through diet and fitness alone. Consciousness of our health and appearance is becoming more important in our dynamic, fast-paced society. We are eating better, smoking and drinking less and exercising more to help maintain our physical and mental health. As we become fit, we have more energy and feel better. Above all, our self-esteem and mental attitude are improved.

For some healthy adults, exercise and diet are not enough to achieve a proportional body shape. Once weight loss is achieved, plastic surgery is needed to contour areas of loose skin and residual fat.

Factors that Affect Body Shape

Heredity, weight fluctuations, pregnancy and aging can all influence the shape and tone of every part of our body, from the arms to the breasts to the tummy, buttocks and thighs. Each of us has a unique body and each body responds to diet and exercise differently. In many cases, we need only to look at our parents to see what lies ahead for our body contours. Flabby arms, wide hips, small breasts, and sagging buttocks may be part of our genetic makeup and difficult to improve even at our healthiest. This is where body contouring surgery may benefit you.

Daily exercise, a healthy diet and a stable reasonable weight are mandatory to maintain a healthy body both before and after surgical intervention. No matter how strict you are about following the rules, the body you want may not be the body that you are growing into. There is a genetic predisposition for the distribution of fat, the looseness to your skin and your overall shape. If the lack of control over your heredity isn't enough, consider the impact of hormones, weight fluctuations, pregnancy and aging on your shape. The total of these factors individually or collectively results in localized bulges of fat, drooping, sagging skin, lumpy contours and an overall figure that is disproportionate.

All hope is not lost. A healthy lifestyle of appropriate nutritional supplements, sufficient exercise and avoiding the sun are measures an individual can incorporate into their body-changing regime. Stick to the rules and consider your options for body contouring and improvements on the curves and bulges that are beyond your control.

Types of Body Contouring Procedures

Procedures that rejuvenate the body fall into three basic categories:

  • Excisional procedures
  • Liposuction
  • Fat grafting

Excisional procedures are those procedures that remove skin and subcutaneous fatty tissue involving larger incisions. These procedures deal with loose skin and excessive fatty tissue by simply removing the extra fatty tissue and loose skin. If you are bothered by a loss of fullness and sagging in the arms, thighs, neck, breasts, back or elsewhere, these are the body contouring procedures that can restore these areas to a firmer more proportionate shape.

Liposuction procedures remove the extra fatty tissue but liposuction doesn't necessarily address the loose skin. Liposuction is used when the skin is of good tone and quality and the patient mainly wants to change their contour by removing the extra fatty tissue.

Fat grafting techniques are used to fill in contour deficits. Fat is harvested through liposuction and placed into hollow areas. A combination of procedures using excisional techniques, liposuction, and fat grafting are commonly used for body rejuvenation and contouring.

Learn More About Body Contouring in Atlanta

You can learn more about body contouring in Atlanta by contacting the office of board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alan N. Larsen. Our cosmetic surgery office is located in the Buckhead area of North Atlanta. Call (404) 367‐9005 to inquire about a consultation with Dr. Larsen.

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