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Stomach and Hips Contouring

When people lose a dramatic amount of weight, they are rarely left with the great, toned, smooth physique they were dreaming of. While the excess fat is gone, the skin left behind usually has trouble shrinking down to match the body’s new contours, resulting in it hanging loosely from the body.

Excess skin that’s hanging loose only serves as a painful reminder of the weight that was so painstakingly lost. This is especially true when the patient has tried spot reduction and didn’t have much success.

Body contouring at The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles helps you to tone and tighten the areas you’ve worked so hard to improve. Body contouring can help you reshape many areas of the body, including the stomach and the hips.

Body-contouring surgeries mainly focus on removing excess skin and fatty tissue to create a tighter, more toned body shape. The body-contouring procedures best suited for recontouring of the stomach and the hips are the abdominoplasty and the body lift.

Who Are the Ideal Candidates?

Ideal candidates for body lift surgery and abdominoplasty surgery at The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles are patients who tend to maintain a stable weight for at least a year, have expectations that are realistic, are determined to maintain living a healthier lifestyle, and do not have existing medical conditions.

Abdominoplasty

To contour the stomach, abdominoplasty is used. This procedure is performed at The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles and involves the use of anesthesia to make the patient comfortable. After this step, a single horizontal curved incision is made from hipbone to hipbone, and another incision is made around the bellybutton. These allow your surgeon to contour the underlying tissues.

Internal abdominal muscle tissue is then tightened using internal sutures. Excess fat is removed with liposuction, and excess drooping skin is trimmed. Once the stomach is contoured, the skin is redraped and the incisions are closed. Stretch marks may also be removed during this procedure, and the bellybutton may be repositioned.

Body Lift

Body lift surgery is a procedure that contours numerous areas of the body. It includes abdominoplasty surgery and also tones the hips, buttocks, upper thighs, and flanks. This surgery can last up to several hours depending on the amount of loose skin and fat to be removed.

To remove the excess skin, incisions are made. These are camouflaged whenever possible by working with the natural contours of the body. During the body lift procedure at The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles, liposuction may also be used to suction out the fat from problematic areas such as the belly and the hips. At the end of the procedure, medical stitches are used to seal the incisions.

Recovery After These Procedures

Depending on the extent of the procedure, the healing period takes approximately two to three weeks. Your surgeon will provide you with a list of post-surgical care techniques that you have to adhere to in order to limit any sort of complications that might occur after surgery.

It’s important to give yourself time to heal. You should avoid lifting anything heavy and participating in activities like sports and vigorous exercise for at least a month after recovery.

The initial numbness will fade over time, as will bruising and swelling. Post-surgical garments may be recommended, and these will aid in controlling swelling and helping the skin conform better to the body’s contours.

The results are almost immediately visible, though it may take a number of months for the final results to develop. The results should have a long-lasting effect if you maintain your fitness, body weight, and overall health.

Learn More About Stomach and Hip Contouring

A skilled medical professional will be available to meet with you to discuss stomach and hip contouring and can tell you which procedure may be best for you. Schedule your consultation by contacting The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles today.

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