AFTER You Lose the Weight: Body Sculpting

We love a good weight-loss story here at Form and Face. Nothing makes us happier than to hear our patients talk about achieving their weight loss goals. We understand the link between body weight, good health, and beauty. We also understand that even the most successful weight loss experience can leave you with unwanted skin and fat.

Body contouring is especially important for patients who may lose up to half their weight after bariatric surgery. The surgery leaves them thinner, but with substantial amounts of tissue hanging from their arms, legs and bellies. “Body contouring after extreme weight loss isn’t simply a cosmetic consideration for some patients,” explains Dr Norris. “Sagging skin can lead to chafing, rashes, and infections.”

If you’ve reached your desired weight and still aren’t happy with your reflection in the mirror, plastic surgery can improve your body and (according to new research) your emotional state, too.

Before we talk about that, however, we want to talk about this…

Is Body Contouring the New “Miracle Diet”?

“It’s important for patients to understand the difference between plastic surgery and weight loss,” says Dr Norris. Liposuction and surgical body contouring procedures are intended to shape the body so that it is aesthetically pleasing, rather than remove unwanted fat.

“The term liposuction conjures up images of fat being sucked out of the body,” observes Dr Norris. “That’s why we now refer to the procedure as liposculpture.”

Study Shows Link Between Body Contouring & Quality of Life

A research study conducted at the University of Chile in Santiago found body sculpting helped patients improve

  • Self-esteem
  • Self-image
  • Social performance
  • Sexual satisfaction

Women’s average quality of life scores rose from 44 before body contouring to 86 one month after. What’s particularly interesting is that “improvement is shown as soon as three months after surgery and can last for years after,” says senior study author Dr Stefan Danilla.

How We Can Help

Patients can choose from a veritable cornucopia of body contouring procedures at Form and Face including:

It’s not uncommon for patients to have several procedures known collectively as an upper body lift (arm lift, breast lift, removal of fat rolls) or lower body lift (to tighten hips, thighs, abdomen.) “Each person’s contouring needs are unique,” says Dr Norris, “and I work with my patients personally to develop a solution that will be medically sound and deliver aesthetically pleasing results.

If you’re curious about body sculpting and ways you can transform your appearance, we invite you to reach out to us on 02 9387 3800 or use our online enquiry form.

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