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Over recent decades, professionally-performed body shaping or body contouring procedures have become an increasingly popular choice to recontour the body into a more idealised form.
The term `body contouring` refers to a range of procedures that encompass size and weight reduction, as well as re-shaping of certain areas of the body, in some cases following massive weight loss where excess skin is a problem.
The shape of your thighs and calves can be altered using cosmetic surgery procedures. Similarly, loose skin and excess fat around the thighs or calves, that does not respond to exercise or diet, can be significantly improved.
Women who have had children may be left with loose skin and stretched abdominal muscles, sometime referred to as a "Mummy Tummy", that do not significantly improve with any amount of dieting or exercise.
Cosmetic surgery is an option for people with realistic expectations, but please note that it is NOT a substitute for weight loss if you are obese, although there are additional surgical options to assist with this.
The size and shape of our bottoms or buttocks can be a source of aesthetic concern for many people.
The common cliche of "does my bottom look big in this?" still prevails for most women, although there is also a growing trend, in the USA at least, for the use of cosmetic surgery to produce a more rounded and pronounced behind.
Excessive weight gain and subsequent loss can cause the skin in the upper arms to become baggy and loose. This phenomenon was given the name "Bingo Wings" by a TV comedy show.
As a result there are now surgical options to reduce excess skin and fat in the upper arms.
Bariatric or weight-loss surgery for the treatment of obesity uses gastric band or gastric bypass operations to restrict the amount of calories a person can consume and help them to lose weight.
A breast lift or Mastopexy can improve the appearance of the breasts in several ways. It raises the breast tissue, repositions the nipple and areola and enhances breast shape.
There are several different procedures that can be used to improve the buttock shape and appearance. The buttock can be lifted, reshaped with liposuction or added to with implants or fat.
Cryolipolysis (also known by the branded device from Zeltiq called CoolSculpting) is a non-invasive fat removal procedure. It involves the cooling of subcutaneous fat cells, which induces lipolysis, the breaking down of the fat cells, without damaging any of the surrounding tissues or the skin.
Body implants, (e.g. pectoral, testicular, calf and buttock) are used to correct defects, which have existed since birth, or to put right tissue loss, which has occurred through injury or disease.
Injectable Body Contouring currently available using Macrolane, is the first body shaping and volume restoration product which uses hyaluronic acid, a natural component of our own bodies.
Laser Lipolysis, currently available using mainly the Smartlipo laser, is a minimally invasive way of removing small localised fat deposits which are resistant to diet or exercise
Liposuction (also called lipoplasty, liposculpture or lipectomy) is a surgical technique for removing specific areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to a healthy diet and regular exercise.
A lower body lift is part of a cosmetic surgery procedure called body contouring which is designed to remove large amounts of excess skin and fat from the stomach, hips, thighs, and back.
RF energy is able to penetrate deep into the skin causing tissue tightening, heating of fat cells and increased blood circulation for body contouring, fat and cellulite reduction treatments.
A thigh lift (sometimes known as a thighplasty) is part of a cosmetic surgery procedure called body contouring which is designed to remove large amounts of skin and fat from the hips and thighs.
A Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty may help to restore your body shape for those bothered by a large fat deposit and loose skin in the abdomen or stomach area.
Ultrasonic Body Contouring, available in the UK using the Ultrashape® and LipoSonix® devices, is the latest, minimally invasive way of effectively removing excess fat cells from the abdomen, thighs & flanks.
An upper arm lift or brachioplasty is part of a cosmetic surgery procedure called body contouring which is designed to remove excess saggy skin and fat from the upper arms.