Body contouring procedures refer to procedures that improve your silhouette such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), thigh lift and buttock lift. Liposuction is a great way to remove localised areas of fat, but if the area of concern involves excess skin as well as excess fat, a surgical procedure such as an abdominoplasty will achieve better results.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
This endeavours to treat the ‘bingo wing’. If there is a generalised fullness of the arm with good quality skin, then liposuction may be enough, if the skin is loose or hangs down in folds removal of this skin with or without liposuction may address the issue. As with all procedures, a bespoke treatment plan will be reached with your aims and expectations guiding us.
A thigh lift is performed to address the redundant skin on the upper inner thigh. Loosening of the inner thigh skin is one of the earliest signs of aging in women, beginning in their third decade. This delicate, thin skin isn’t very strong and it allows the thigh tissue to sag under its own weight with gravity. A thigh lift addresses this by removing skin and fat of the inner thigh and lifting up the tissues, much like pulling on a pair of trousers. A thigh lift is performed under general anaesthetic and requires an overnight hospital stay. It is typically combined with liposuction.
Liposuction is a procedure typically performed under general anaesthetic as a day case, meaning you can go home the same day as your surgery. It is performed using tiny incisions to allow a cannula (hollow tube) to suck the fat out from under the skin. Liposuction is best used for addressing specific areas of concern rather than overall weight gain. Excellent and long lasting results can be achieved with liposuction as part of an overall diet and lifestyle change. Many patients undergo liposuction to kick-start their confidence to undertake an exercise regime.
Abdominoplasty involves the removal of loose skin and fat below the umbilicus and tightening the abdominal wall muscles. The remaining skin is pulled down and the navel (umbilicus) is brought through into a new position. Many patients request this procedure after having children, but slimmer ladies with a small amount of loose skin after childbirth may opt for a mini-tummy tuck. A full abdominoplasty is performed under a general anaesthetic and requires a one- or two-night hospital stay. A healthy diet and regular exercise are recommended following surgery for longer lasting results.
Body lift/Buttock lift
These address the flanks (“muffin top”) and buttocks in a similar fashion to an abdominoplasty; Loose areas of skin and fat are removed and the remaining skin is lifted to tighten up the outer thigh and flank (body lift) or buttock. They are performed under general anaesthetic and require a hospital stay.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will liposuction get rid of my cellulite?
No. Liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite, and in some cases can make cellulite appear worse. Also, where large volumes of liposuction have been performed, loose folds of skin may be left, in which case a body lifting procedure (eg. tummy tuck) may be more appropriate. Liposuction is usually performed as a daycase procedure without drains.
Can I put weight on after my liposuction or body contouring procedure?
Absolutely. Although a large amount of fat (and skin) may be removed, what is left behind can increase in volume if diet and exercise is not maintained. This is why in your consultation Mr Fattah will spend time with you discussing the benefit of achieving a stable weight before surgery and lifestyle changes that will help you get the most out of your procedure.
What is a Mini-Abdominoplasty?
Sometimes called the “mummy-tuck”, this is a procedure that is best in slimmer patients that have a small amount of loose skin and fat just below the waistband area. The mini-abdominoplasty does not reposition the umbilicus and drains are not necessarily used.
What scars will I have after an abdominoplasty?
You will have a scar that runs from hip to hip hidden in the bikini line and a scar around the belly button (umbilicus). They will be red for 12-18 months and will then fade, but it will always be visible. Many body-lifting procedures leave long but well-hidden scars; in general they are not visible when clothed but will be visible when nude.
What scar will I have after a thigh lift?
The scar will run from the buttock crease around the gusset area to the groin crease, and will be hidden in the area of your underwear.