Body Contouring

body-contouring-lotus-instituteAre you unhappy with your appearance after working hard to lose a lot of weight? Are you left with excessive skin and now feel self-conscious about your appearance? Do you want to remove or reduce your excess skin to feel happy with your new body?

Effective aesthetic enhancement treatments such as body contouring will leave you with a physique that you are happy with after working hard to shed a significant amount of weight. If you are looking for a smoother look and wish to remove excess skin as a result of a rigorous exercise regime, then this surgery may be for you.

What is body contouring?
Body contouring is a procedure that improves the tone and the shape of the body and removes sagging skin. Candidates for body contouring surgery usually have excessive hanging skin after undergoing major weight loss. As the name indicates, the surgery helps to improve the contour of the body by smoothing away the unwanted excessive skin.

Body contouring before and after photos

Our clients have shared their body contouring before and after photos – clients have consented to share these photos and they have not been altered in any way.

Who would be considered for body contouring surgery?

Candidates for body contouring are adult men and women who have lost weight and maintained their stable weight for some time. They should be in good health, following proper nutrition and exercise, and they should have realistic goals about the outcome of the surgery. Individuals should be committed to living a healthy lifestyle both before and after the procedure.

How can scars be minimised?
Every surgery involves some level of scarring. It’s important to note that body contouring surgery involves significant incisions to remove excess tissue and it will take some time for these to heal. There will be scars at the areas of incision, which will typically fade over time. Once the incisions have healed up, a scar-reducing gel can be applied, which may help to minimise the appearance and fade the scar to some degree.

What is expected after body contouring surgery?
After the body contouring surgery, there will be very specific instructions for care that must be followed. It is likely that there will be small drains coming from the incisions to remove excess fluid and blood. Bandages will also need to be kept in place and dressings should be changed accordingly. Patients should expect to be in recovery for at least 4-6 weeks and should avoid strenuous physical activity during this time.

An appointment with the nurse/consultant is highly recommended as she will discuss all the pre- and post-operative instructions.

What are the potential risks associated with this surgery?
Body contouring surgery does come with some potential risks, such as bleeding, wound infection, or re-opening of the incisions. As candidates will be under anesthesia during their surgery, it is important that they are in good health before the procedure as anesthesia also comes with risks.

Pre-operation requirements
Before the surgery, it may be necessary to undergo certain tests to ensure proper health. The doctor will want to know about the patient’s medical history, any allergies, and the expectations for the outcome. They will also perform an examination to see which areas of the body can benefit from the surgery and they may take photographs for the patient’s medical records.

How much does body contouring cost?
Body contouring surgery costs will vary, depending on the areas of the body to be improved, however can range from $10,000-$20,000. In addition to the surgeon’s fee, patients should plan on paying for anesthesia fees, medications, compression garments, and hospital fees. Medicare doesn’t usually issue rebates for cosmetic surgery. Check the product disclosure statement for your individual private health insurer with regards to specific coverage.

Other points to consider

Liposuction or liposculpture can give you a better body shape that will help you to look and feel your best, by permanently eliminating undesirable ‘bulges’ of fatty tissue with minimum scarring and risk.

Although cosmetic surgery cannot turn back the clock to when you were 21, the results can be either an alteration to an excessively fatty area of your body or a change of your overall body shape and appearance.

Body contouring does this by removing and recontouring localised deposits of excess fat that occur on the hips, thighs, buttocks and abdomen, as well as the arms, calves, ankles, neck and jawline.

Liposuction procedures are performed under a local anaesthetic (for smaller areas) or general anaesthetic (for larger areas) in a hospital or day surgery centre.