Body contouring refers to a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures which improve the body shape and silhouette. Contouring options are effective in removing or lifting loose or sagging skin, removing unwanted collections of fat, and tightening muscle laxity. Just about any area may be improved by a body contouring procedure, and there are plenty of options. Our practice has extensive experience with many proven modalities in body contouring, and we work with each patient to provide a personalized program that is safe and cost effective.
The abdomen is the most popular area for body contouring and can be treated in several different ways including tummy tuck, lower body lift and liposuction. Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) treats primarily the front and sides of the abdomen, while a lower body lift (belt lipectomy) can treat the abdomen, hips, and back and lift the thighs and buttocks to improve the body silhouette. Sometimes liposuction may be used alone to remove abdominal fat or it may be combined with a tummy tuck or lower body lift for optimal results. Endoscopic abdominoplasty is a scar-minimizing technique that may be appropriate for patients with a mild amount of muscle laxity and excess fat. Arm contouring to tighten sagging skin and remove excess fat in the upper arms may be needed after weight loss or due to aging.
In many cases, the most effective and longest-lasting results involve a combination of body contouring techniques and procedures. Because each patient is unique, individualized goals and expectations along with a thorough evaluation by Dr. Barone help determine which procedure or combination of procedures is recommended. It should be emphasized that body contouring is not a substitute for adequate exercise, weight loss and proper nutrition habits, which are always recommended before undergoing any body shaping surgery.
Dr. Barone ensures all surgery patients are given a series of postoperative therapeutic services that aid in the recovery process. His massage therapists and aestheticians have had extensive training to provide specialized massage techniques including manual lymphatic massage and ultrasound that encourage quicker healing times and ease bruising and swelling following these and other surgical procedures.