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Body Shaping Surgeries- what all you need to know?

Sometimes, even after following different fitness regimes and having the healthiest of diets, you can’t achieve the kind of slime and sleek figure you want. Factors like genetics, aging, excessive exposure to the sun, and weight fluctuations can result in the appearance of excessive loose skin on different parts of the body. To make things worse, you might have stubborn fat deposits that tend not to respond to your efforts of weight loss. All this can combine to create an unattractive shape.

Body shaping surgeries are a set of plastic surgeries designed for creating a slim body shape. It is particularly helpful for particularly self-conscious people and those who have infections, rashes, or mobility restrictions because of loose, heavy skin. So, if you are considering having surgery for tweaking or tightening your tummy, buttocks, thighs, or arms, body shaping surgeries can help you achieve an improved shape.

Having said that, like exercise and diet, undergoing body shaping surgery is a process that requires time and careful planning. It is also important that you have a realistic outlook on what you can accomplish through the surgery.

When is a body shaping surgery a good choice?

Body shaping surgeries help remove excess fat or skin, tighten skin, and re-contouring the body. There are two major reasons why people might consider undergoing a body shaping surgery – for achieving the desired body shape by targeting particular areas, and for removing extra skin after a huge weight loss for symptoms like rashes.

Regardless of the reason why you are undergoing body shaping surgery, achieving the desired result is likely to take more than one procedure. Furthermore, the procedures are also performed in stages. You may feel that you might need your belly tucked, but for getting the body shape you want, you may also require a panniculectomy, which is the removal of skin and tissue below the belly button, or liposuction in another part for maintaining the proportion of everything.

Depending on what you want from your body, there are different surgery options to choose from for achieving the results you want

Reshaping waist or stomach

Abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck is a cosmetic operation used for helping you achieve the body shape you want. It works by removing excessive skin and fat from your abdomen. The stretched abdominal muscles are also tightened through muscle repositioning. Your surgeon may opt for circumferential abdominoplasty, particularly if you are undergoing the procedure after a huge weight loss. This process involves extending the incision for getting rid of excessive skin from the back as well.

A reconstructive surgery option would be panniculectomy, which is the removal of tissue and the skin of the hanging skin. Liposuction can also be performed individually or in combination with other procedures to maintain proper proportions. It can be used for removing excess fat from other areas such as the thigh so the contours of the stomach match the lower and upper body.

Hips, thighs, and buttocks

If you wish to remove excess fat from hips, thighs, and buttocks, liposuction is the main procedure for you. However, the procedure does not do anything about the excessive skin in the thighs or buttocks.

Both skin and fat can be removed with a buttock lift. With a thigh lift, the primary focus is to tighten the skin and tissue in the front, outer or inner thigh parts. If you want to particularly address your thighs, you may need a thigh lift as well as liposuction.


Excessive skin from the upper arm can be removed through an arm lift, thus reshaping it. Just like thigh lift, you may require liposuction as well.

Complete body

A complete body lift is particularly helpful after you lose an excessive amount of weight. It helps in removing overall excessive fat, skin and can improve cellulite as well. The procedure helps reshape the lower or upper body. The procedure usually requires performing multiple surgeries over time in stages.

An upper body lift focuses on arms, back, and breasts while a lower body lift is aimed at the stomach, thighs, hips, and buttocks. Your chin and face can be treated with a body lift as well. It may also require liposuction.

Plan your body shaping surgery with care

It is completely understandable to want to look good and you can understand what it requires to get to how you want to look with the help of a cosmetic surgeon. Different factors come into play, including your lifestyle, overall health, and cosmetic goals. Not every individual is a good candidate for body shaping surgery.

It is recommended that you work with an experienced surgeon who will help you know which procedures could help you achieve your goals. The surgeon will also inform you about the potential risks, effects, and costs of the surgery. That way, you can make an informed decision.

Blog written by:
Dr. Sasikumar
Consultant Cosmetic Surgery
Apollo Cosmetic Clinics, MRC Nagar