The first step to body sculpting is to consult with your board certified plastic surgeon on what your goals are and how you will achieve them. This includes discussing the type of procedure that will be best for you, your current body shape, your current medical history, diet and exercise plan, and any other pre-existing conditions or concerns that you may have.
Some patients decide to pursue body sculpting through liposuction or an abdominoplasty, both of which are invasive procedures requiring extensive recovery time and recovery expenses. There are also other options for patients who wish to pursue body sculpting, such as line or radio surgery or the surgical technique known as a microdermabrasion. The most common option for most people is to combine liposuction and abdominoplasty with a special procedure known as a mini face lift.
Liposuction is used to remove excess fat from one area of the body, while abdominoplasty is used to reduce the size of an abdominal area by reducing the size of the muscle layer in addition to removing unwanted fat. Some patients prefer the abdominoplasty procedure and use liposuction to maintain the shape of the stomach after the operation.
Once you have decided on which surgical method to undergo, it is important to discuss this with your surgeon. There are several different types of liposuction available, depending on your level of body-sculpting experience and desired outcome. Most surgeons will perform either an open or an intramural technique depending on your individual case.
Open liposuction involves placing the surgeon under your skin, while the intramural technique involves putting a small amount of the surgeon underneath your skin. The intramural technique is preferred for patients who have small scars or for patients with a small body type or who want to create a more natural appearance. Most patients prefer the open liposuction because of the faster recovery time, however the cost of the open liposuction is usually higher than the intramural liposuction technique.
When it comes to choosing a liposuction or an abdominoplasty surgery for your body, it is important to consult with your surgeon to make sure that you choose a procedure that will meet your needs and goals. You want to ensure that you are receiving a safe and effective procedure that will give you the results you desire in the shortest time possible, so be sure to speak with your surgeon to discuss your body sculpting goals.