Do you have your dream body?
If you’re like most Americans, the answer is no. Around 80% of American men and women report being unsatisfied with their appearance, and wish that they looked a different way.
Chances are if you’ve ever considered changing your body you’ve thought about cosmetic surgery. Body contouring is an easy way to achieve permanent results in your body’s appearance but can appear daunting to consider. Below, we go over six of the key benefits you’ll receive from body contouring and how it can improve weight loss and your life.
1. Diet and Exercise Aren’t Working Anymore
We’ve all hit plateaus in our weight loss journeys, but if you aren’t able to lose any more weight through just diet and exercise, body contouring is an easy way to adjust your body’s shape.
Subcutaneous fat is the pinchable fat that sits right underneath your skin on top of the muscle. These are the main fat stores in your body, and also the ones that are most visible. In addition, subcutaneous fat can sit right around your abdomen and hips and can be almost impossible to lose through diet and exercise.
If you’ve been losing weight through diet and exercise, but it’s not working as well as it used to and you aren’t where you’d like to be, consider a minor body contouring procedure. A simple arm or inner thigh lift can drastically alter the shape of your body by slimming down key body parts that tend to hold on to excess fat.
Overall, using body contouring to finish up your weight loss journey is an effective tool to help you lose the last 20 to 30 pounds that refuse to go away.
2. Stop Sagging Skin
Losing a lot of weight in a short amount of time is an easy way to end up with a lot of loose skin. Skin stretches out to accommodate the extra weight, but it has a harder time shrinking back to fit your new body.
A panniculectomy surgery removes excess skin after weight loss and tightens the lower abdominal muscles. This removes the appearance of drooping skin and lets you feel like your appearance actually reflects your body.
Age can also impact your skin, which naturally loses elasticity as you age. The loss of elasticity makes it harder for your skin to snap back to your body and gives it a wrinkled, leathery appearance.
Body contouring procedures can inject compounds into your skin which restores its youthful radiance.
3. Reduces Discomfort
When the weather starts to heat up, do you get excited or nervous?
Warmer weather should be a time for fun outdoor activities but if your thighs rub together, you can end up with a painful rash instead. Chafing can occur when your inner thighs rub against each other for a prolonged period of time and can make you want to give up on going outside completely.
Having inner thigh liposuction done can remove fat from your upper inner thighs. This procedure creates a slimmer appearance while simultaneously keeping you comfortable in all of your summer outfits.
4. Less Painful Than You’d Think
Going under the knife might seem like a scary procedure because you’re dreading the amount of pain you’ll be in afterward. But that’s not the case anymore. New advancements in surgery cosmetic surgery actually keep the pain levels low and under a five out of ten on the pain scale.
While body contouring is still a medical procedure that takes time to recover from, the cosmetic surgery industry is constantly updating and refining their methods to give you the least painful experience with the shortest recovery time possible.
A decade ago you might have been sent home with prescription pain killers and spent months recovering from liposuction. Today, however, most people find that they do fine with extra-strength over the counter Ibuprofen. Depending on the type of procedure you had done, your initial recovery can be over in as little as a week.
5. Improve Weight Loss
Body contouring is not the same thing as bariatric surgery. Lapband and other weight loss procedures are actually designed to shrink the size of the stomach or activate your metabolism.
Body contouring, on the other hand, removes excess fat and sagging skin. Removing these elements from your body will result in immediate weight loss as the skin and fat are removed from your body.
The weight loss from body contouring has the added bonus of being visible right away. While bariatric surgery helps set up your body to lose weight down the road, body contouring gives you immediate results that you can see as soon as the swelling goes down.
Body contouring is not an effective method for removing an extreme amount of weight but can help you shed the last few pounds you need to feel great.
6. Improved Confidence
More than anything, the best benefit to body contouring is the immediate confidence boost you’ll receive. Even before the swelling goes down, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve committed to a change that will modify your life for the better.
If you’ve lost a good amount of weight but still have about 20 pounds to go, body contouring can improve weight loss enough to give your body that final push down the scale.
By the time that you’re body’s fully recovered from the procedure, you’ll notice that you’re even slimmer than you were immediately after the body contouring process began.
Choosing to Contour
While diet and exercise are still the ideal way to approach weight loss, these methods don’t always work on their own. Sometimes your body needs a bit of an extra push to improve weight loss and make sure that you achieve your dream body.
Body contouring is a great decision for when you want to take the final steps in your weight loss journey, but it’s also a procedure where you shouldn’t choose the cheaper path. Making sure that you pick the right surgeon is just as important as deciding to have body contouring done. Contact us to find the right surgeon to help you achieve your ideal body.