What is body contouring?
Body contouring surgery is any procedure that improves the shape of the body, but torso in particular. Age, heredity, and weight fluctuation often decrease skin elasticity and tone. Body contouring eliminates sagging skin through surgery, and sometimes is used in combination with liposuction to reduce fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction and breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery are the two most common body-contouring procedures men choose. However, tummy tuck, hip lift, thigh lift and other procedures can be beneficial to men who have lost a great deal of weight.
Who is a candidate for body contouring?
Men who maintain a healthy, consistent weight, lead an active lifestyle, and do not smoke are all good candidates for body contouring.
Benefits of body contouring
- Firmer body, more athletic appearance
- Smoother, tighter skin
- Treatment of rashes caused by excess skin
- No more annoying fat deposits
- Improved ability to exercise
Recovery and results
Body contouring is most often an outpatient surgical procedure, so typically, patients are able to return home the day of surgery. However, some of the more extensive procedures or combination of procedures may warrant a patient staying overnight in the surgery center. For one to two weeks post surgery, you will need to wear compression garments to reduce swelling expected after surgery. Recovery from liposuction or breast reduction surgery is typically three to four weeks; larger procedures can require a six-week recovery period. You will see results shortly after your procedure; it will take six months to see final results. Most men return to non-strenuous activity, including work, about a week to ten days following surgery.