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Body Contouring

Body-Contouring Surgery, as its name suggests, involves all operations designed to improve the shape and tone of the body.

It can be defined as follows:

  • Fat Removal (lipoplasty)
  • Skin-Tightening (abdominoplasty, thigh, buttock, arm lifts)
  • Muscle-Enhancing (calf, buttock and pectoral implants, abdominal six-pack etching. PLEASE, note: These ""muscle-enhancing" procedures are not offered by me due to their short-living results and high complication rates!)

What to do in which situation?

  • If there is localised fat: Lipoplasty can be an option
  • If there is excess skin: A specific lift or tuck is an option

In certain situations a combination of fat removal and tightening procedure is necessary to achieve a satisfying result. During the consultation I shall offer you the best treatment plan for your individual situation.

Some advice:

  • A possible weight loss program is best to be finished before your body contouring surgery
  • Smokers are advised to stop smoking for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery until 4 weeks after surgery, in order to help healing and reduce the risk of infection. Smoking reduces the blood supply to the tissue operated on.

All opations are performed under general anaesthesia. However, lipoplasty can also be performed under local anaesthesia with sedation. Most procedures take about 1to 2 hours, but extensive abdominoplasties and lipoplasties or multiple procedures take longer.
Lipoplasty is usually performed as a day case. More extensive lipoplasties, arm-, buttock- or thigh lifts involve a one or two night stay in the hospital. If your work is not physical (no lifting or sports), expect to return to work after 10 to 14 days. Normal physical exercises can be started after 4 to 6 weeks.

After the operation you might feel bruised and sore. The treated area is likely to be swollen more or less and you will feel tight in this area. Sutures will be removed after 10 to14 days. For 2-4 weeks day/night you have to wear a specific garment and avoid heavy lifting and sports. Best is to sleep on your back during the first weeks.

As with all scars, the scars will fade over a period of time. In most cases, the scar heals as very faint white line. However, please, note: No surgical scar ever flawlessly disappears.

Regarding possible risks and complications cosmetic surgery is very safe. However, everybody has to accept that no surgical procedure is entirely free from risk. These possible, but rare risks will be explained to you during the consultation and I shall answer all your questions.

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