What is Body Contouring?

What is Body Contouring?

The Natural Plastic Surgeon Blog

Body contouring is an important luxury of the 21st century that more and more people are taking advantage of.  Body contouring also referred to as body sculpting, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of one’s body after a significant amount of weight loss. There are a variety of different kinds of body contouring procedures, all of which improve the overall appearance of the body’s skin and tissue.

Body contouring is not only important for people to feel good about the way they look, but also because it makes their everyday lives more comfortable. Many people choose body contouring after losing significant weight because the skin is loose and has begun to sag. Similarly, some people get body contouring procedures done because their skin has lost its elasticity with age.

What You Need to Know About Body Contouring

If you are thinking about getting a body contouring procedure done, there are some things you should know. This post will detail the basics of body contouring.


There are many different kinds of body contouring, such as:

It’s important to note that not all body contouring procedures require one to go under the knife. As the medical world evolves there are more and more ways to sculpt one’s body without surgery, such as with a laser.

How Do I Know if I Should Utilize Body Contouring?

The purpose of body contouring is to restore the body’s shape and tissue by removing fat and excess skin. Most people get body contouring procedures done after losing a lot of weight or because of age, however, some people get these procedures done after having a baby or after breastfeeding.

If this sounds like something you are interested in, it will be worth your while to talk to a doctor about your options. A doctor will be able to offer you professional advice as to whether or not a body contouring procedure is right for you.


The recovery will be different depending on the type of body sculpting procedure that you have done. If the procedure you have to choose requires you to get put to sleep with anesthesia, you will likely spend at least one night in the hospital. However, if your procedure is non-invasive, you may just need to take it easy for a few days.

It’s common to feel an initial discomfort no matter the procedure, and this can last up to four weeks. Likewise, some procedures will require you to use surgical drains or wear a compression garment for up to eight weeks.

Certain procedures will leave more scarring than others, and some procedures may have more post-surgery risks. Some post-surgery risks to watch out for are:

  • Wound healing issues
  • Deformities
  • Asymmetry

Everyone will recover differently so it’s important that you go to your follow-up visits with your doctor and do all that you can to make sure that you heal properly.

Get the Body You Deserve by Utilizing Body Contouring

If you have excess or loose skin, it’s likely because you lost weight and worked hard to do so. Or, you have aged gracefully and want to simply tighten up some spots. No matter the reason, you deserve to have the body you want, and body contouring can give you exactly that. Contact a doctor that specializes in the kind of body contouring you want, and make an appointment to get a consultation. Be sure to do research prior to your appointment to ensure you know exactly what you are looking for.

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