Body Contouring Overview
Body plastic surgery procedures, also known as body contouring, are perhaps the most common group of cosmetic operations in the United States. Body contouring includes tummy tucks (abdominoplasty), “mommy makeovers”, liposuction, Brazilian Butt Lift (fat transfer), Cellfina™ cellulite reduction, and surgery following significant weight loss. These procedures improve your figure so you look great in or out of clothes both at work or at play.
The body undergoes physiologic and anatomic changes with age, weight gain or loss, and pregnancy. The skin will stretch and contract to accommodate the underlying contours of the body. Over time, however, the capability of the skin to regain its original shape can be overwhelmed leading to irreversible changes. When this happens, patients may complain of loose or excess skin, stretch marks, or abdominal bulging. Similarly, as we age, our body stores fat differently. It is not uncommon for certain pockets of fat to develop in problem areas that do not respond to diet or exercise.
Prior to embarking on a particular operation or procedure, it is important to understand which procedure might be appropriate for you. This is essential because you don’t want to be persuaded into doing something that is not in your best interests. In general, the amount of extra fat and/or extra skin will determine the best option to achieve the desired result. Abdominal bulging, also known as rectus diastasis, is most common after multiple pregnancies and requires surgical correction.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can tighten loose skin and/or muscles in the abdominal region, ultimately enabling patients to achieve the overall contour they desire—as well as smooth, firm skin in the treatment area. This highly popular procedure is especially beneficial following pregnancy or massive weight loss, and is often combined with liposuction for a more sculpted shape.
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A mommy makeover is a fully customizable combination of multiple plastic surgery procedures designed to help patients address certain side effects of pregnancy, such as deflated or sagging breasts, loose skin, and stretched-out muscles. Patients often select procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation (breast implants), breast lift, and liposuction as part of a mommy makeover.
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After Weight Loss Surgery
Following extensive weight loss from bariatric surgery or intense dieting and exercise, individuals may be left with excess, loose skin throughout the body. New technologies such as the Obalon Balloon System can also result in significant weight loss. Depending on the patient’s area(s) of concern, our surgeons can create a customized treatment plan to strategically tighten skin, ultimately highlighting the patient’s weight loss efforts. Common procedures included in after weight loss surgery include tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, and breast lift.
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Stubborn pockets of fat that remain unchanged, even after a dedicated diet and exercise routine can be extremely frustrating. Dr. Jerome Liu and Dr. Tom Liu use liposuction to help patients eliminate localized fat from virtually any area of the body. Common treatment areas include flanks (love handles), abdomen, thighs, back, chin, and neck.
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BodyTite and FaceTite
Using BodyTite and FaceTite, our skilled plastic surgeons are able to offer patients a minimally invasive approach to body contouring and facial rejuvenation. Skin and underlying tissues are tightened by applying radiofrequency (RF) energy both on the surface and beneath the skin. BodyTite procedures can also include liposuction to enhance overall outcomes.
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Brazilian Butt Lift (Buttock Augmentation)
A Brazilian butt lift can provide natural-looking improvements to the size and shape of the buttocks through the use of liposuction and fat transfer. Since the fat used in this procedure is removed from another area of the body (via liposuction), there is an added benefit of body contouring in the donor region, as well.
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Labiaplasty is a vaginal rejuvenation surgery designed to remove excess tissue that causes discomfort and/or self-consciousness. Through their expertise and precision, our surgeons are able to achieve remarkable results with this delicate procedure.
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Liu Plastic Surgery was the first practice in the San Jose and Los Gatos area to offer this state-of-the-art cellulite treatment. Through their extensive experience and talent, Dr. Jerome Liu and Dr. Tom Liu reduce the appearance of cellulite dimpling with Cellfina™ for beautiful, long-lasting results.
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CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical liposuction alternative for individuals seeking to reduce stubborn areas of fat. Using an innovative cooling technology called Cryolipolysis™, fatty tissues can be targeted, destroyed, and eliminated from the body without surgery.
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Contact Liu Plastic Surgery
Whatever the reason, body contouring plastic surgery can provide significant psychological, aesthetic, and personal benefits for the right candidate. To find out if liposuction, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), or “mommy makeover” are right for you, please book an appointment with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Jerome Liu or Dr. Tom Liu.