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Cosmetic Body Contouring

Introduction to Cosmetic Surgery of the Body

When it comes to body shape, our ideals of what is beautiful have changed significantly over the years from voluptuous to athletic to waif-like and back again. Most recently, the ideal body is considered to be one that is healthy and fully functional with an appreciation that many different shapes and sizes can be highly attractive.

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Body Contouring Can Enhance a Balanced Lifestyle
Whatever your preference, achieving your ideal body can take a lot of hard work and sometimes even this may not suffice. No matter your situation, a balanced diet and regular exercise should always be your first line of defense. Following this, whether it’s maintaining a healthy lifestyle or opting for a surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure, achieving your personal aesthetic goals can allow you to reclaim control of your physique.

Considering Body Surgery?

Although diet and exercise are a key part of maintaining a healthy physique, many people still find that life’s experiences can alter the way their body looks and feels unavoidably and irreversibly. Childbirth, massive weight gain or loss or following physical trauma such as ill health or an accident are just some examples. Time is another phenomenon. As we age, our body undergoes significant changes that can leave our bodies different and less desirable than earlier in our lives. For some it could just be that genetics may not have given us the breast size or proportion for which we had hoped. Others may find that maturing into middle-age and beyond alters the body we still deserve to have.

To ensure optimal outcomes with cosmetic surgery of the body, clients should be focused on achieving natural-looking proportions and symmetry. Of course, there is room for personal preference as individual ideals of the perfect body form are different. As with all cosmetic surgeries, it is important to engage in self-exploration to understand your expectations for surgery. While changing your body’s physical appearance can have a positive impact on your confidence and the way you look in clothes, it can’t fundamentally change your standard of living or your true personality.

What are my options?

Examples of body contouring procedures that Dr. Belsley’s practice offers include lipoplasty, lifting of the arms and thighs, tummy tuck, breast surgery, and surgical implants. Clients considering surgery on the body should make themselves aware of the various options that are available. Considerations must account for individual goals and technical considerations such as the amount of fatty vs. glandular tissues, degree of weight-loss, age and general fitness. Dr. Belsley can help you ascertain what is technically possible and is well placed to create a surgery plan that can address your specific needs. We invite you to make an appointment for more information on how to develop a tailored approach to realizing your aesthetic goals.

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General advice for clients considering Cosmetic Surgery of the Body

  • Procedures that involve implants should be carefully considered as they result in significant changes to the body’s structure and can result in permanent changes even if removed.
  • For clients considering surgery after bariatric surgery or significant weight-loss, it is important to ensure that your weight has stabilized. While you might be eager to complete your transformation with the removal of excess skin and fat, it is strongly recommended that you wait at least 12-18 months after bariatric surgery before undergoing cosmetic contouring.
  • Be prepared for healing time, not only in terms of how you will look but also to make arrangements for time taken off work and follow up visits with the surgeon. Surgeries on the body can significantly affect your ability to perform physical tasks, the exact time depends on the procedure and it is of utmost importance that you follow Dr. Belsley's advice to avoid complications and allow for the best recovery and outcomes.