Summer is approaching and so is the chance to restore and enhance your body.

Body LiftExercise alone can’t correct for sagging due to age, heredity, prior pregnancies or fluctuations in weight. But there are several cosmetic procedures that can help create a trimmer silhouette and redefine your shape. Some of these include: Arm, body, thigh, or buttock lifts; mommy makeovers; body contouring after weight loss; and tummy tucks.

Arm, thigh, and buttock lifts each involve reducing pockets of fat in the specified area; tightening and smoothing supportive tissue; and removing excess sagging skin.

Meanwhile, a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess skin, and can often restore weakened or separated muscles. Liposuction should be considered in combination with a tummy tuck for reducing stubborn pockets of fat.

While each of these procedures is for a specific area, a body lift and body contouring after weight loss surgery may use several procedures to reshape and contour the body. The combination is dependent on the patient, since every body is different.

Some possible steps involve removal of sagging skin and reshaping of underlying support tissue to create a better proportioned overall appearance.

Mommy makeovers also can include different lift or tummy tuck procedures, as well as breast or buttock augmentation and vaginal rejuvenation.

Any lift or tuck may require some recuperation time. Most bruising and swelling will begin to subside a few days post-surgery.

The best candidates are non-smoking healthy adults who maintain a stable weight. To see what combination of cosmetic surgery procedures may work best for you, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

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