All Body Contouring Procedures
This is one of Dr Hunt’s most common procedures, driven primarily by mothers whose bodies haven’t recovered post-pregnancy.
Sometimes, no matter how much you diet and exercise, you’re left with stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t shift.
Surgery to remove excess skin after substantial weight loss may be an option for patients wishing to complement their weight loss efforts.
Lower body lift, also known as lower torsoplasty surgery aims to address sagging skin around the bottom, thighs, hips and tummy.
Thigh lift (thighplasty) may be a solution for patients wishing to address loose skin folds on the upper legs and thighs.
Loose skin on the upper arms are a natural result of ageing and weight loss. Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure to address this concern.
Combining Breast and abdominal surgery to help get your pre-baby body back.
Labia Reduction can help improve comfort and alter the appearance of the labia.
What are Body Procedures?
From liposuction to abdominoplasty and from arms lift (brachioplasty) to thigh lift (thighplasty), there are a number of of body contouring procedures that are available to patients.
Among the most common body procedures, we can also mention lower body lift (torsoplasty) and labiaplasty, but also Post Pregnancy Surgery and plastic surgery after massive weight loss. Post pregnancy surgery is a set of plastic surgery procedures performed in the same operative setting to help you get back your pre-pregnancy body. Most often, the post pregnancy procedure includes liposuction, abdominoplasty, and a breast lift mastopexy, but this intervention is highly individualised.
As for plastic surgery after weight loss, this intervention is designed to help reduce the excess skin following massive weight loss. This intervention can combine an abdominoplasty with upper arms lift (brachioplasty) and even breast procedures if necessary.
How are Body Contouring Procedures Performed?
Aside from liposuction, all body contouring interventions are complex procedures performed with the patient under general anaesthesia. Depending on the type of procedure to be performed and the patient’s characteristics, the intervention can last up to six hours in some cases. Generally speaking, procedures that are performed in combination, such as Post-Pregnancy Surgery and plastic surgery after weight loss, take more time to be performed.
Body procedures entail incisions in the areas targeted. The incisions are generally well-hidden in the natural folds of the skin or in areas where they will be difficult to notice. For example, when the upper arm lift (brachioplasty) surgery is performed, Dr Hunt makes incisions on the interior part of the arms. When the scar healing process is completed, they generally look like fine lines.
Why Patients Might Consider Body Surgery
There are multiple reasons why patients might consider undergoing these procedures, such as:
- Removal of unwanted fat deposits
- Altering the appearance of the abdominal area with abdominoplasty
- Altering the aspect of legs with a thigh lift (thighplasty)
- Addressing the skin on the arms with an arm lift (brachioplasty) surgery
Recovery after Body Surgery
The recovery period after body surgery is highly dependent on the complexity of the procedure performed. Expect a certain level of discomfort to occur during the first few days post-op.
It is best to avoid strenuous physical activities during the first week or two after body contouring surgery and make sure to take time off from work to allow your body to heal. Here are more recommendations for the recovery period after plastic surgery:
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
- Avoid steam rooms and saunas
- Have a healthy and balanced diet
- Keep your body hydrated
To avoid risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period make sure to follow Dr Hunt’s indications.
Body Surgery Cost Sydney - How much does a body surgery cost in Sydney NSW?
The cost of Body Surgery in Sydney, Australia varies for each patient depending on the type of procedure, the results you want and the time required in theatre.
Your total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support.
During your personal one-on-one consultation, Dr Hunt will review your medical history, perform a comprehensive assessment of your body shape & features, discuss risks and provide you with an accurate cost for your body surgery procedure.
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Body Surgery FAQs
How can I get rid of Loose Skin after Weight Loss?
We’ve all experienced fluctuations in our weight due to diet and exercise, pregnancy or old age, but the impact significant weight loss has on our body can often be a confusing experience. Having achieved such a great goal, patients may be left with excess and sagging skin. As a result of being stretched for such a long time, our skin often fails to shrink back to its former shape and size. Some people are left with multiple loose folds of skin around their abdomen, arms, thighs, breasts, buttocks and face. The same is true of pregnancy, where women experience huge changes to their abdominal and breast area. Despite regular exercise and a healthy diet, muscles have stretched and separated and don’t always return to their pre-pregnancy appearance.
Common side effects experienced include:
- Upper arms that sag
- Flattened or deflated breasts (and nipples that droop)
- Abdominal area that extends around the sides and into the lower back area, resulting in an apron-like overhang
- Buttocks, groin and thighs that sag and cause hanging pockets of skin
Body procedures may be a solution to remove excess skin and smooth the underlying muscles. Common procedures for loose skin removal include: Lower body lift (torsoplasty), Thigh lift (thighplasty), Breast lift mastopexy, Upper arm lift (brachioplasty), Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
Is it better to lose weight quickly or slowly?
Weight loss is always going to be beneficial for your health whether the weight is lost quickly or slowly. However, it doesn’t matter if you lose weight quickly or slowly, the degree of deterioration and elasticity in the skin will not be different and people will still see excess or sagging skin after dramatic weight loss.
Is there an ideal weight at which to do body contouring surgery?
After massive weight loss or following weight loss surgery, many people will have lost up to 100 kg of weight, sometimes even more.
The ideal time for surgery is once a person has reached their goal weight and this weight remains stable. If someone has undergone bariatric surgery, such as a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve, this can be up to 12 months post-surgery. If someone has achieved weight loss through diet and exercise, this can be when they have reached their goal weight and their weight is no longer dramatically increasing or decreasing.
Is it possible to combine procedures after massive weight loss?
Patients who have lost a substantial amount of weight may be troubled by extra skin on the abdomen, hips and thighs. They may also have loose skin on their upper arms and female patients may find they have lost volume in their breasts.
It is possible to target several of these areas during one surgery, however, there will be a limit to the number of procedures that can be combined in one sitting. If more than one surgery is required a staged approach will be undertaken, with potentially two procedures combined in one operation, followed by a second procedure 3 to 6 months after the initial surgery.
To ensure patient safety all surgical procedures should take place in a fully accredited hospital with a surgeon who has extensive experience in performing the procedure.
Is Body Lift Surgery after weight loss just removing skin?
This is not necessarily the case as skin removal will often create a flat and poorly defined result. Surgery after weight loss, or body contouring treatment, can involve the tightening of loose muscles, liposuction of disproportionate fat and also the tightening or removal of excess skin to create a 360° re-contouring of the area being treated.
Is Body lift Surgery after weight loss just about the Abdomen?
Patients who experienced weight loss will notice that they have lost weight over the entire body, which can lead to excess or sagging skin around the abdomen, arms, legs, breast for female patients and chest for male patients. For this reason, surgery after weight loss will often involve procedures to address loose skin and fat deposits on the abdomen in the form of a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty. However, it can also encompass area such as the hips, flanks and lower back with 360° procedures such as the lower body-lift (torsoplasty). Treatment plans for other areas includes the arms, thighs, breast for female patients and the chest area in males.
What happens if I gain or lose weight after body contouring surgery?
Following body contouring surgery, such as a tummy tuck – abdominoplasty or thigh lift, patients will be able to comfortably increase or decrease their weight by approximately 10 to 15 kg without impacting the results of their surgery.
Does Fat come back after Liposuction?
Liposuction will remove fat cells permanently from the body and the fat cells in that location will not come back. If a patient continues to have a high-calorie diet after their liposuction then the body will still need to store the extra fat. As a result the fat will now be stored in different fat cells in the body and these may become enlarged if calorie intake is not reduced. This often creates the belief that the fat has moved to a different area of the body, which is not necessarily the case.
Can you tighten Excess Loose Skin with exercise?
After extreme weight gain and consequent weight loss, the skin can lose its elasticity and is unable to return to its original state, usually resulting in large amounts of excess, sagging skin. Many people assume that regular exercise will be able to tighten this excess skin, however this is not the case. Regular exercise will help in building muscle tone and it will also burn calories and decrease fat volume. However exercise will very rarely tighten the skin – perhaps in younger patients with great quality skin. Tightening of skin will usually require a surgical intervention to achieve a significant result, however there are some non-surgical devices that may be able to tighten small areas of skin such as the neck or fat freezing.
Will Medicare cover Body Lifting after Massive Weight loss?
Body contouring is usually regarded by Medicare and health funds as a medical and reconstructive procedure in most cases of significant weight loss. There are potential health benefits from removing excess chafing skin that is prone to rashes and potential infections. Medicare and health funds recognise this and depending on the level of your health fund, it is likely that the procedure will be deemed medical not cosmetic.Each patient is different and needs to be assessed on an individual basis to determine if this is the case.
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About Dr Jeremy Hunt
Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.