The 3 Most Popular Body Contouring Surgeries

Body contouring procedures are all the rage right now. Many people gained a bit of weight while hunkering down during the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the Journal of American Medical Association and The University of California in San Francisco, the average American gained about two pounds per week for 4 months in 2020. As people return to work and a life of normalcy, they are becoming self-conscious about their bodies again and turning to body-contouring plastic surgery.

So what is body contouring?

Body contouring is the umbrella term for the set of plastic surgery procedures that seek to tone the contours of the body via fat extraction (liposuction), tissue excisions, or augmentations. In short, it's the term that describes any procedure that defines your body and gives it curves. As we emerge from pandemic isolation and head back out in public, many clinics expect body contouring procedures to surge in popularity. Below are three of the most popular.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure in which fat is extracted from problematic regions of your body like the hips, abdomen, arms, or thighs. Of all the plastic surgery procedures, this one is the most fundamental, and you'll often see liposuction as a component in other surgical procedures, such as in the tummy tuck or, more importantly, the BBL.

There are many types of liposuction: tumescent liposuction, ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL), power-assisted liposuction (PAL), and more. Tumescent liposuction, the most common type of liposuction, involves the injection of a saline solution that constricts blood vessels and makes the extraction of the fat cells easier. In UAL, the cannula—the implement with which the fat cells are extracted—emits ultrasonic energy to liquefy and extract the fat. In PAL, the cannula vibrates, reducing the chunks of stubborn fat into smaller pieces and making them easier for suction.

Liposuction can be used not just to extract fat but to sculpt the body, a type of procedure known as "liposculpting." Your surgeon extracts fat and rearranges the remaining fat to tone and define your body. For example, they may leave trace amounts of fat over the abdominal muscles to accentuate them. Often this can create dramatic results, and the more skilled a surgeon is, the better.

Tummy Tuck

The Tummy Tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure in which fat and skin tissue are extracted from the abdomen and the abdominal muscle wall tightened. Today, the tummy tuck remains one of the most popular procedures because it resolves common but problematic aesthetic issues that arise after dramatic weight loss, pregnancy, or age. The purpose of the tummy tuck is to remove unsightly excess skin and fat that simply won't go away with exercise or diet. Pregnant women whose abdominal wall muscles have separated (a condition known as "diastasis recti") may also benefit from this procedure.

At first, the tummy tuck may involve an aspect of liposuction, which will remove fat from the region targeted and make the excess skin easier to remove. An incision is then made that spans the hips. (The length of the incision depends on the particular tummy tuck procedure. Less extensive procedures will require smaller incisions.) The tissue is extracted. The abdominal wall muscles are tightened, and the incision is sutured up.

BBL

Miami is known as a city where you can show off what you can flaunt, and the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is more popular than ever.

The BBL is a surgical procedure in which fat is transferred from a fat-rich region of your body like your abdomen or thighs via liposuction to the buttocks. As a result, you end up with a dramatically contrasting figure: you'll have a slimmed-down mid-section and an enlarged behind, achieving the ever-sought-after hourglass figure desired by so many women.

Indeed, the purpose (and success) of the BBL is not just in the augmented buttocks but rather in the contrast and contour between the buttocks and the slim waist. As a result, you'll want to choose surgeons who are experienced and careful in doing the surgery. In many cases, the liposuction component also includes some level of liposculpture (see above), which makes it more imperative that you choose a well-regarded surgeon. Liposculpture often requires more than technical expertise and finer movement. It requires proper aesthetic sense.

Extra: Breast Augmentation

The above are the three most popular body-contouring procedures in Miami. But we have to mention a fourth one: Breast Augmentation. Though certainly a more "localized" surgery than the three above, breast augmentation is an enormously popular procedure that has led to radical physical and psychological changes in many women. Breast augmentation can be accomplished with various types of implants (round, teardrop), filled with different solutions (saline, silicone), and located in different regions (subglandular, submuscular). Breast augmentation can be coupled with other procedures like the tummy tuck. This is a popular combination among many women who have just finished their pregnancies and are looking to restore their bodies. For this reason, this combined set of procedures is called the Mommy Makeover.

Don't hesitate to call your Adore surgeon if you have any questions about whether a body-contouring procedure is right for you. Receive their expert advice to know if you are the perfect candidate for your beauty transformation today.