St. Louis Body Contouring Specialist
Cosmetic surgery can re-contour just about every area of the body. For example, liposuction, which removes excess fat deposits, can be performed on the neck, upper arms, waist, abdomen, hips, flanks, buttocks, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles. Liposuction is increasingly requested by men who cannot get rid of "love handles" no matter how much they exercise. For many women, no amount of sit-ups will flatten the abdomen after childbirth. In these cases, liposuction combined with a "tummy tuck" (either a standard or mini-abdominoplasty) usually solve the problem.
Body contouring does not always involve fat removal. Some patients have sagging or excess skin that needs to be removed. Skin sagging is typically caused by aging, while skin excess may result after a major weight loss or liposuction. Re-contouring lifts of the arms (brachioplasty), breasts, upper body (torsoplasty), thighs, buttocks, or entire lower body (called a circumferential body lift) are specialties at our practice. The art of plastic surgery plays a major role in all body contouring procedures because the surgeon basically sculpts the body into a pleasing contour.
Most women have some degree of cellulite by the time they are 35, even those who are not overweight. As we age, gravity disrupts the tight bonds between skin and its underlying supportive tissues, and fat cells grow into the lower layers of the skin. This process creates the dimpled appearance known as cellulite. In women of normal weight, cellulite can worsen because of skin and tissue laxity. A lifting procedure, such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or circumferential body lift, is the most effective way to treat cellulite caused by skin and tissue laxity.
Dr. Boswell is nationally regarded as an expert in body contouring of massive weight loss patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery or lost weight through vigorous diet and exercise programs. Losing a very large amount of weight often leaves patients with an excess of skin and tissue that may hang in loose folds in multiple areas of the body. This can be very uncomfortable, create problems with hygiene, and make it difficult to find clothing that fits. Dr. Boswell is on the leading edge of this new field in plastic surgery and teaches his innovative techniques to other surgeons around the country.
BodyAesthetic Plastic Surgery offers gluteal augmentation that can be done with implants, with injections of fat transferred from another area of the body, or with a flap of tissue from the gluteal area that is contoured to create a more rounded projection of the buttocks. Enhancing the gluteal region is often incorporated into a lower body lift but can be performed alone.
The body contouring you think you want may not be what is most appropriate for you. For example, a patient may think she needs a tummy tuck or thigh lift when liposuction will accomplish the same thing with less scaring. The reverse can also be true; a patient may want liposuction but achieve better results with a tummy tuck. Your surgeon will determine whether excess fat or excess skin is your primary problem and explain the various options available to achieve the results you want.
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