Body contouring refers to many cosmetic procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, that reshape the body. Among the available procedures available today, there is liposuction, mesotherapy, lipodissolve, Zeltiq, Thermage, tummy tuck, and body lifts. But body contouring is not only about reduction; implants also change the shape and contours of the body.
Body contouring is one of the primary goals of liposuction in addition to fat removal. As fat is removed from specific areas of the body during the liposuction procedure, the body is contoured as the result of the fat removal. Fat deposits can create bulges and bumps on the hips, thighs, back, arms, and various other problem areas. Liposuction eliminates the bulges to improve the body’s shape.
During liposuction, a steel tube called a cannula is inserted through tiny incisions on the skin. The cannula is connected to a powerful suction pump. The cannula is placed between the muscle and the skin to specifically target the unwanted fat. As fat is removed, the cannula creates tiny tunnels under the surface of the skin. Once these cavities shrink and heal, the body takes on a smoother, more contoured appearance.
Body contouring occurs as a result of fat removal but the surgeon may also use the cannula as a sculpting tool. Pure tumescent liposuction is unaided by a laser or ultrasonic waves, so the surgeon directs the cannula to remove specific fat deposits and reshape the body.
Liposuction, Thermage, mesotherapy, Zeltiq and other fat reduction procedures are designed to reshape the body by removing fat underneath the skin, thereby eliminating bulges of fat that are evident on the surface. It does not necessarily result in weight loss and none of these procedures should be considered weight loss procedures. Instead, they are designed to improve the body’s shape by removing fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.