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Body cosmetic surgery covers a number of surgical procedures which reduce or alter the shape and size of areas of the body including the arms, abdomen, buttocks, thighs and calves. Body procedures also covers surgery to improve the function and appearance of parts of the body that have been damaged by injury, e.g. the hands. Body procedures are normally performed in an outpatient surgical facility or in a hospital under general anesthesia.

What is a Body Procedure?

Body procedures cover a number of operations to improve the appearance of areas of the body. Patients seek body procedures for a number of reasons, which include:

  1. Areas of the body and skin that sag due to the aging process or as a result of dramatic weight loss
  2. Localized problem fatty deposits
  3. Cellulite
  4. Unsightly veins, i.e. varicose or spider veins in the legs
  5. Scar revision
  6. Improving the appearance and function of a previously injured area
In general, a good candidate for a body procedure is:
  1. 18 years of age or older
  2. In good physical and emotional health
  3. Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  4. Wanting to improve their appearance
  5. Realistic in their expectations
  6. Aware of the side effects and risks
The most important step in having body surgery is to locate a reputable board certified cosmetic surgeon, and organize a consultation to find out more about exactly what your body procedure of choice entails and how it matches your individual requirements. During you consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will explain the options available to you, including procedure steps, the different types of body procedures available, the risks, side effects and limitations attached to your procedure, likely outcome, and costs.

Different types of Body Procedures

There are currently several types of body surgery operations available, these include:


Buttock Implants (Gluteal Augmentation)

Buttock implant (buttock augmentation, gluteal augmentation) is the surgical insertion of artificial implants into the buttocks in order to enhance their size and shape. Buttock implants are used to make the buttocks larger and shapelier, and can also provide individuals with underdeveloped buttocks with a more proportionate figure. During the buttock implant procedure, an incision is made under the buttock cheek or down the buttock crease. The buttock implant doctor then creates a "pocket", and inserts the buttock implants. Sometimes, liposuction will be performed at the same time. more...

Buttock Lifts (Gluteoplasty)

Buttock lift (gluteoplasty) is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and loose skin in the buttock area and may be combined with liposuction to further improve body contour. The buttock lift procedure involves cutting the skin high up on the side of the thigh and buttocks, removing excess fat and trimming away the excess skin. Liposuction and buttock implants may also be used to create the results the patient desires. The scars are strategically placed at the waistline or below to minimize their appearance while wearing swimwear or underwear. more...

Calf Augmentation & Implants

Calf augmentation (calf implants) creates cosmetic fullness in the lower leg. It corrects muscle imbalance as a result of both physical and congenital defects such as "skinny/chicken" legs, bow-leggedness, clubfoot, or disproportionate calf development. Calf implants, made of soft, solid silicone, are placed in “pockets” overlying the existing muscles. One or two calf implants may be inserted depending on the desired effect. The appearance of the existing muscles in the calf area is made larger and more defined. Men typically undergo calf augmentation to emphasize bulk. Women undergo this surgery for a more proportionate appearance. more...

Hand Surgery

Hand surgery is a broad term that incorporates a vast array of different types of surgery on the hand, wrist, and forearm. Plastic surgeons who perform hand surgery attempt to restore not only the function of the hand, but also try to maximize the cosmetic appearance of the hand. Examples of conditions treated by a hand surgeon are: carpal tunnel syndrome; wrist pain; cuts on the fingers and hand; sports injuries to the hand and wrist; deformities of the hand. If you have pain in your fingers, hand, wrist or arm, or have other upper-extremity related concerns, you may want to consult a hand surgeon. Whether the defect is congenital or acquired, hand plastic surgery can usually restore comfort, mobility, and a normal hand appearance to patients with hand problems. more...

Labiaplasty (Vaginal Rejuvenation)

Labiaplasty (labia rejuvenation) improves the look and function of the labia (the lips of the vaginal opening), which may have become stretched or loose as a result of childbirth, sexual activity, hormones or aging. Labiaplasty removes the excess skin and reshapes the labia to enhance its appearance.
A labiaplasty procedure may be performed to surgically reshape or reduce the external appearance of the vagina on women who are unhappy with the appearance of their labia. Enlarged inner genital lips (labia minora) may hang down outside the vagina as a result of becoming loose or stretched through the reasons above. The excess skin may present hygiene problems or make sexual intercourse and other activities such as cycling, walking, or sitting uncomfortable. The patient may also be embarrassed at the appearance of their labia, and their self-confidence may suffer as a result. more...

Laceration Repair

A laceration is a wound caused by a sharp object and usually has edges that may be jagged, dirty, or bleeding. Lacerations most often affect the skin, but any tissue may be lacerated, including subcutaneous fat, tendon, muscle, or bone. Laceration repair mends a tear in the skin or other tissue. The laceration repair procedure is similar to repairing a tear in fabric, and there are four goals of laceration repair – to stop bleeding, prevent infection, preserve function, and restore appearance. Lacerations are less likely to become infected if they are repaired quickly after they occur. During the procedure, the wound is examined, cleansed and irrigated. The area is then anesthetized and sutured, within the deeper tissues as well as the skin if necessary. more...

Laser Leg Vein Treatment

Laser leg treatment of veins is a non-surgical procedure for women and men who may want unsightly spider veins or varicose veins removed from their legs. The laser leg treatment of veins is a procedure using small beams of light energy, or lasers, aimed at the target veins, which coagulates (clots) the blood, then the clot is reabsorbed into the body. Laser leg treatment for veins works by sending very strong bursts of light onto the vein that makes the vein slowly fade and disappear. Lasers are very direct and accurate, and only affect the area being treated. Laser leg vein treatment is non-invasive and non-surgical and is an option for patients who do not wish to undergo the risks, downtime and cost associated with cosmetic surgery. more...

Thigh Lifts & Reduction

Thigh lift (thigh reduction) is a surgical procedure done to tighten sagging muscles and remove excess skin in the thigh area. Thigh lift surgery can be performed in conjunction with other procedures such as body lift. Thigh reduction surgery removes excess skin and fat from the inside and the outside of the upper thigh. The surgery leaves a long, noticeable scar. Thigh reduction improves the body contour in clothes, but the scars are visible in underwear or swimwear. more...

Tummy Tucks (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy tuck surgery (or abdominoplasty) is a procedure used to give you a tighter, flatter stomach. Frequent changes in weight, ageing and life can make the stomach muscles weaken, the skin sag and stretch marks appear. Abdominoplasty surgery flattens the slack skin and tightens the muscles of the relaxed tummy wall, and if needed, excess subcutaneous fatty tissue can be removed as well. Tummy tuck surgery not only results in a better appearance and function, but it also stops the slackening process of the abdominal wall. The abdominoplasty procedure is not a substitute for physical exercise and a balanced diet and cannot help weight control. However, the results can be long-lasting, expecially if you exercise, eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight after your operation. more...

Upper Arm Lifts (Brachioplasty)

An upper arm lift (brachioplasty), is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm to reduce excess sagging underarm skin, remove fat and smooth and tighten the appearance of the upper arm. During the upper arm lift procedure, excess skin, underlying tissue and fat are removed between the underarm and the elbow, and the remaining skin and tissue are lifted to achieve a tighter, smoother and uplifted effect. more...


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