Body Contouring in Cyprus, Greece and Malta
A weight reduction surgery, or major weight loss in general, often results in dramatic skin sagging. Stretched skin due to excess weight is now unsupported and lacks elasticity.
The ideal, safe and reliable way to treat hanging, loose skin and any irregularities in body shape is body contouring.
Body contouring refines the shape of the body and makes it firmer and more attractive, offering patients a significant boost to their confidence and self-esteem.
What is Body Contouring Surgery?
Bariatric surgery, post-pregnancy changes and exhaustive diets often leave loose skin behind. An appropriate, safe and reliable treatment for hanging skin in various areas of the body is body contouring – or else, body sculpting.
Body contouring is a reconstructive procedure that dramatically improves the body’s shape and tone after massive weight loss. In essence, it is the final stage of a weight loss experience.
The surgery involves the removal of sagging skin and excess fat and tightening of the remaining tissue. The areas typically treated are the abdomen, breast, thighs, buttock and upper and lower limbs.
As weight loss can affect many body areas, the body contouring procedure can help fine-tune these areas when performed in stages. That means the whole body contouring experience might take several months to complete, depending on the patient’s needs and expectations.
The patients must have reached the desired weight and maintain it stable for several months. Weight gain after body contouring will stress the tightened skin and cause widened scars and stretch marks.
Benefits Of Body Contouring
- Removes sagging skin after major weight loss
- Gives the body an optimal shape and tone
- Tightens loose tissue in every part of the body
- Reduces cellulite in problematic areas
- Eliminates pockets of fat
- Can be performed together with liposuction
- Offers long-lasting results
Types of Body Contouring
Body contouring helps treat loose skin in different areas of a patient’s body. Therefore, one or more surgeries might be required to achieve a balanced result.
The types of body contouring surgery may include:
- Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Brachioplasty tightens the loose skin and removes excess fat in the upper arms. It is ideal after major weight loss when sagging skin cannot be corrected with exercise and diets.
- Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Mastopexy (breast lift) is ideal for women with sagging breasts or nipples that point downward. During the breast lift, the plastic surgeon removes excess skin from the breast area, tightens the remaining breast tissues and repositions the nipples. The procedure results in a beautifully shaped breast, looking more youthful and feeling firmer.
- Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Tummy tuck surgery targets excess fat and flabby skin in the waist and tummy area. Tightening of the abdominal muscles achieves a tighter and flatter look.
- Thigh Lift
Thigh lift tightens sagging skin, reshapes loose tissue and removes excess fat from around the thighs. It is ideal after massive weight loss that leaves behind sagging skin and exacerbated tissue.
What does Body Contouring Surgery Involve?
All body contouring procedures require incisions to remove excess skin. The extent of the incisions and the type of anesthesia depends upon the extent of the problem and the type of procedure.
The plastic surgeon performs body contouring in stages during which he sculpts different areas of the upper and lower body to achieve a balanced result with smoother contours. Some refinements might be necessary at a later stage to perfect the overall outcome of the body contouring procedures.
A typical body contouring procedure involves the following steps:
Step 1: Anesthesia
Step 2: Incision
Step 3: Skin & excess fat removal
- Lower Body Lift
Talented and experienced plastic surgeons can perform lower body lift as a single operation or in two or more stages.
- Upper Body Lift
Step 4: Closing the Incisions
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Recovery After Body Contouring Procedure
Recovery following body contour surgery depends on the extent of the procedure.
The surgeon will apply bandages and dressings to the patient’s incisions and place temporary, small and thin drainage tubes under the skin to help reduce fluid retention.
It is normal for the patient to experience mild bruising, swelling, numbness and general discomfort.
The doctor will also recommend suitable compression garments for several days post-op to speed up the healing process.
Return to normal activities may take 2-3 weeks, while strenuous activities like straining, lifting and bending should be avoided for several weeks after surgery.
To minimize the risk of blood clots in the legs, the patient should start gently walking as soon as possible after surgery and also drink plenty of water.
The body contouring results are long-term, although changes in body weight or pregnancy may alter the body’s appearance.
Where Will Body Contouring Take Place?
The procedures take place in a safe and sterile operation room. The surgeon uses only state-of-the-art medical equipment. The staff involved is thoroughly trained and specialized in cosmetic body and face surgeries. Dr. Stavrou wants to ensure a safe, well-controlled and comfortable surgical experience for his patients.
After the surgery, the patient is transferred to the recovery suite and is closely monitored by the medical staff.
The European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) offers exceptional health care and meets the high standards of safety and care set by European laws. EIPS clinics provide individualized health care in a beautiful, exclusive and luxurious environment.
FAQs for Body Contouring
What is the difference between body contouring and liposuction?
The main difference between liposuction and body contouring is that body contouring cannot remove a large volume of fat cells. For patients interested in removing up to three kilos of fat, liposuction is the ideal surgery.
After major weight loss procedures, the remaining skin is sagging and lacks elasticity. Therefore, body contouring removes the remaining hanging skin and gives the body the desired shape and tone.
In sum, liposuction and body contouring can be combined to offer patients optimal results. Liposuction comes first and body contouring follows to make the patient’s body curves look beautiful and attractive.
Is body contouring painful?
Body contouring is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. Thus, the patient does not feel any pain during the surgery.
Following surgery, the patient might experience pain that can be soothed with pain medicine prescribed by the plastic surgeon.
The extent of the discomfort a patient might feel after body contouring depends on the amount and size of incisions made and the areas treated.
Body contouring near me
For women or men who want to get a perfectly shaped body and curves and increase their confidence, the European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) ensures a safe and reliable body contouring procedure.
Make an appointment with the board-certified and expert plastic surgeon in body contouring, Dr. Demetris Stravrou, in one of the following health clinics:
- Nicosia, Cyprus: Klimentos Street 38, 1061
- Limassol, Cyprus: Agias Fylaxeos Street 70, 3025
- Athens, Greece: 5-7 Distomou Street, Marousi, 15125
- Sliema, Malta: 66 Sir Adrian Dingli Street, SLM 1901
What is the cost of body contouring?
Body contouring surgery is a cosmetic procedure that requires a talented plastic surgeon with outstanding experience. Thus, the priority for every patient who wants to undergo a safe plastic surgery is to find a board-certified and experienced surgeon.
The cost of body contouring depends on the country, the experience of the doctor and the areas that need to be treated.
In general, the body contouring procedure may include the below charges:
- Surgeon fee
- Hospital costs
- Post-surgical treatment
- Post-op garment