We are all striving to be happy in ourselves. Most individuals perceive that when they attain a certain level of physical, emotional and financial wellbeing they would be happy. Although people invest dedicated time and effort to achieve their physical goals, not always are the results happy enough. Excess weight, stubborn fat especially on the arms, thighs, neck and stomach, sagging skin, excess breast fat and more issues still prevail. Body contouring would be the right solution to these problems. Individuals can target their specific requirements and device a treatment plan that will help attain their desired physical appearance. In this blog, we cover some essential questions such as – who could consider body contouring, how long the results would last and how to get the procedure done.

What is body contouring?

Body contouring is a cosmetic treatment that aims at improving one’s appearance by making changes to the size, shape and other features of the body. Some of the most common procedures done as part of body contouring include tummy tuck, liposuction, cryolipolysis, skin tightening and breast-related procedures. Body contouring can be done on both men and women and will include procedures specific to the respective gender. Most body contouring treatments on men include gynecomastia (removal of man boobs), thigh lift, arm lift and liposuction. Body contouring can be achieved by means of surgical or non-surgical procedures.

Body contouring surgical procedures

Liposuction

Body contouring and liposuction are more like synonyms to each other. Many people would identify a body contouring treatment as liposuction or fat removal procedure. Like the name suggests, liposuction is a surgical procedure of removing excess fat from the body by way of suction. Liposuction can be aptly considered as a body contouring surgery since it aims at changing the shape and size of the body as per need. This procedure can be considered to remove stubborn fat in certain regions of the body and not as a solution to obesity or weight loss. The surgeon will create a small incision in the site of fat reduction and using a cannula, the fat is loosened and sucked out. Patients must need 5 to 7 days of rest post a liposuction surgery. the results of a liposuction procedure could last longer when accompanied with regular exercise and diet regulation.

Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck

A surgeon could perform a surgical treatment to remove excess fat from the abdominal region. The abdomen is made to look more firm without sagging and lose skin. Sometimes an abdominoplasty is also combined with a liposuction procedure.

Breast-related procedures

Depending on the size of the breast and the need of the patient, breast augmentation or reduction procedures are conducted. In a breast reduction procedure, excess fat and tissue is removed to get the desired breast-size. In breast augmentation, the size and shape of the breast is enhanced using breast implants.

Gynecomastia

The gynecomastia procedure is done on men with enlarged breasts. The excess fat and tissue of the breast is removed by surgery and a breast lift procedure is given. This procedure results in a firm and flat chest.

Body contouring non-surgical procedures

Body contouring without surgery is in high-demand. Many individuals prefer the benefit of not having to go under the knife and get the necessary cosmetic treatments. There is wide range of cosmetic procedures that can be done as non-invasive procedures with just an in-office visit.

Coolsculpting / Cryolipolysis

Cryolipolysis works on the principle that fat cells get destroyed when exposed to cold temperature. Coolsculpting is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure to reduce excess fat by applying cold to the region. Fat cells that are damaged through this procedure gets eliminated from the body. This in turn helps with losing fat in the targeted areas. 

Laser Skin Tightening

Skin tightening treatments are done to reduce sagging skin and improve firmness, this in turn would make the person look younger. Arm lift, facelift, thigh lift and others are common procedures that lift the skin up. Laser skin tightening is a non-surgical procedure where high beams of laser light is passed through the skin. The heat stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and helps in improving the appearance. This procedure is most commonly performed on the neck, face, arms and stomach regions.

Injectables

Deoxycholic acid is an injection that helps with reduction of fat in targeted regions such as the thighs, bra lines, buttocks, abdomen and more. The results of this is usually shown in a period of 6 to 8 weeks. Other fat reducing injections such as phospha tadiylcholine, kybella and others are used for removing excess fat. The injections work to destroy the fat cells and reduce fat deposition in the targeted region.

Body Contouring Cost in India

Body contouring procedures in India can start as low as INR 27k for procedures such as a double chin and go to over a few lakhs for more expensive procedures such as breast augmentation or abdominoplasty.  A body contouring surgery in India would cost INR 40k and above. Depending on the extent of fat to be removed, the cost of the surgery could go up. It is extremely important to choose a qualified surgeon who is specialized in cosmetic surgery and aesthetic medicine. Body contouring procedures are quite complex and require a specialist to perform one. Chennai is known for some of the best aesthetic clinics that can provide world class body contouring treatments. The cost in Chennai begins at INR 40k for gynecomastia, INR 70k for tummy tuck and INR one lakh and above for breast augmentation and other procedures.

Who should consider body contouring

Individuals with the below conditions can opt for a body contouring treatment after consultation with a doctor.

  • Inability to lose stubborn fat in specific regions such as the neck, chin, stomach, thighs and arms
  • Men with enlarged breasts
  • Lose skin in specific regions such as breasts, arms, stomach and thighs
  • Shape and size concerns related to the breasts
  • Excessive fat in the abdominal region leading them to be obese

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are body contouring treatments?

Body contouring treatments aim at making changes to the body with the help of cosmetic procedures. Excess body fat, sagging skin, aging, breast-related concerns are all solved with the help of body contouring. The most common procedures include liposuction, gynecomastia, breast augmentation, coolsculpting, abdominoplasty and skin tightening.

  1. Does body contouring actually work?

Body contouring definitely helps with achieving your desired physical features, especially with losing the stubborn fat in some parts of the body. For individuals who have been unable to lose body fat through exercise and diet can bank on body contouring to achieve it. To maintain the results obtained through a body contouring procedure, one must follow regular exercise and have a balanced diet.

  1. What is the best treatment for body contouring?

Liposuction is the most common treatment for body contouring. Depending on the person’s needs, the doctor would suggest the right procedure to undergo. Liposuction has been helping individuals lose excess fat from anywhere in the body. This is a good procedure to consider if you have fat in the chin, neck, chest, thighs, arms or abdominal regions.

  1. How much does body contouring surgery cost?

Body contouring surgery would vary between INR 25k to upto 5 lakhs. The exact cost would depend on various factors such as the type of procedure, the city and clinic where the procedure is done, the experience level of the doctor and more.

  1. How many treatments are needed for body contouring?

The number of sessions and treatments is decided by the cosmetologist depending on the patient’s needs. Ideally, two to four sessions are planned for each treatment and are spread across several weeks. The patients would receive the desired results weeks after the completion of all the sessions.

  1. Is body contouring painful?

Most patients who have undergone body contouring experience minimal pain and discomfort. Each patient might have a different level of tolerance to pain and hence a doctor would advise anesthesia or topical pain-relief medications accordingly. 

  1. How much weight do you lose with body contouring?

Body contouring cannot be considered as a solution to obesity or weight-loss. Most procedures are targeted at removing stubborn fat in specific parts of the body. There can be slight reduction in the weight due to the removal of fat, however, it does impact a person’s weight largely. Post body contouring, it is important to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle for the results to stay.

  1. What are the benefits of body contouring?

Body contouring can help resolve a range of skin and weight concerns such as

  • Stubborn body fat
  • Breast reduction
  • Gynecomastia
  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Fine lines
  • Diastasis recti
  • Sagging breasts
  1. When do you see results from body contouring?

The results of a body contouring procedure can be obtained in one to three months’ time. The results of the procedure depend on how experienced the surgeon is, how well-done the procedure is and the patients’ response to the treatment. Most patients lose about 25% of their excess fat with the procedure.

  1. How often can you do body contour?

Patients opt for 2 or more sessions of body contouring depending on the results they would want to achieve. A doctor would be able to advise on the type of treatment and the number of session needed based on the patient’s requirement.

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