Sometimes figuring out your best body contouring option can be a little bit of a challenge. That’s because there are so many options out there–and it’s never easy to know which one your body is asking for. To the untrained eye, excess skin and excess fat can look incredibly similar–and which one you want to eliminate will have a bit impact on which procedure is best for you.

What are the Best Body Contouring Options Available?

That’s why you’ll have discussions about the best body contouring options for you with your plastic or cosmetic surgeon. Those are never decisions you’ll have to make entirely on your own (and that’s a good thing!)

During your consultation with your surgeon, it will be important, however, that you have a good idea of what you want your final results to look like. That will help your surgeon determine the best procedure to use in terms of generating great results for you and your body. There are several body contouring options out there (this article is not intended to replace any medical advice on such procedures–we’re writing for entertainment purposes only). So what are those body contouring options? Let’s take a look.

Body Contouring Options to Eliminate Excess Fat

The most common request among patients is usually to eliminate excess fat from the body. In most cases, this means getting rid of stubborn areas of fat that haven’t responded to diet or exercise. These stubborn areas can crop up for a number of reasons, but most of them have something to do with life changes or genetics.

Your options to eliminate these stubborn areas of fat are pretty limited, in terms of procedure choices. If those areas of fat happen to be around the jawline, you might be able to use the injectable Kybella. And if you want only subtle results, you can go with a non invasive approach, such as Coolsculpting.

But in almost all other cases, you’ll likely need to use a surgical procedure called liposuction. During liposuction, a small cannula is inserted into the body. This tube, when run back and forth, can suction out fat and sculpt the remaining fat–that way you get to keep the curves you like and the results look as natural as possible.

Body Contouring Options to Eliminate Excess Skin

Excess skin can develop just about anywhere on the body, though it’s most commonly noticed around the belly area. You’ll have a variety of procedures that can address excess skin to choose from, although they all function on the same basic principle: remove unwanted skin and tighten the remainder so you look slim and youthful (in a way that appears natural).

Common examples of this procedure and approach include tummy tuck, which is often used by women after pregnancy. During a tummy tuck, surgeons will make an incision along the abdomen and remove unwanted excess skin.

But the abdomen is not the only target for these procedures. An arm lift, for example, is a great way to eliminate unwanted excess tissue from, well, the arms (you guessed it). Even procedures such as a facelift or necklift eliminate unwanted excess skin, even if you never really think about them as body contouring procedures.

A Combination of Procedures

In many cases, it’s fairly common for patients to undergo a combination of body contouring procedures in order to achieve the results they’re after. In these cases, liposuction may be combined with a tummy tuck, for example. Indeed, this particular combination is quite common because liposuction can remove so much fat that it creates excess skin.

And when this excess skin is created and not removed, patients can feel a little let down by their results. That’s why many surgeons will couple liposuction and some kind of body lift procedure–even a modest one–for patients who are having a significant amount of fat removed.

Then again, there are also many patients who will undergo only one or the other type of procedure because that’s all they need to have done–that will get them to where they want their results to be. When you’re first planning your body contouring procedure, you will discuss the possibility of combining procedures and whether that’s a good fit for you.

A Lot of Options

These options are, essentially, a few brief overview of what’s available to patients. But they’re surface level, at best. Your surgeon will have a much better idea of what procedures will suit you and your desired results. And you’ll talk about all these options (and probably more) during your consultation.

In the end, it’s about finding the body contouring procedure that’s right for you. So there’s not really a “best” body contouring procedure–there’s only the body contouring procedure that’s “best” for you.

About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly in touch with surgeons to ensure he’s getting the most accurate information possible.

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