Boston Body Contouring

There are a wide variety of body contouring procedures performed at Longwood Plastic Surgery.

Body contouring encompasses both aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries. Aesthetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient’s appearance and self-esteem and improving on a normal body contour. Aesthetic or cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective. Reconstructive procedures are used to restore normal shape and function, for example, after massive weight loss. There are a number of “gray areas” in coverage for plastic surgery that sometimes require special consideration by an insurance carrier. These areas usually involve surgical operations which may be reconstructive or aesthetic, depending on each patient’s situation.

In all cases we are improving the form of the body and in some cases even improving function.  In the most open of definitions body contouring may include just about any part of the body, including the trunk, the extremities including the hands, and even the face. Again, these procedures may follow massive weight loss or not. Massive weight loss is defined as a loss of 100 lbs after a bariatric procedure (or 50% weight loss of excess weight, above ideal body weight) or 50 lbs after exercise and diet changes.  There are 3 ways to contour soft tissue –  First, there are non-invasive options such as freezing procedures such as Coolsculpting® which can eliminate the number of fat cells in the body (See Coolsculpting). There is liposuction which is mechanical removal of fat through minimal incisions (See Liposuction). Finally, there is excision or removal of the tissue through surgery (e.g. cutting the tissue out).  One of the most important characteristics in their examination to determine management is the ratio or balance of skin to fat which will be determined at your initial consultation.

Some of the body contouring procedures performed at Longwood Plastic Surgery include:

  • Abdominoplasty: removal of excess abdominal skin and fat
  • Brachioplasty: removal of excess skin, fat from the upper arm
  • Circumferential Lipectomy: removing “belt” of tissue including skin and fat from around the circumference of the lower trunk (includes abdominoplasty and lower body lift)
  • Liposuction (Suction-Assisted Lipectomy): removing fatty deposits from specific areas of the face and body using a cannula.
  • Lower Body Lift: treats the lower trunk and thighs as a unit by eliminating a wedge of tissue posteriorly. Sometimes called a Buttock lift.
  • Mastopexy: procedure to elevate the breast, similar to breast reduction
  • Panniculectomy: Excision of skin/fat
  • Thighplasty: Usually denotes lifting of the medial thigh.
  • Torsoplasty: circumferential abdominal/lower body procedure

Please contact us if you are interested in receiving more information on any particular procedure and schedule a consultation and visit our practice today.