Satisfaction with our own body and good looks is reflected through good mood, a positive outlook and high self-confidence. On the other hand, if we’re not satisfied with ourselves, our personal, social, and business lives can suffer. The source of dissatisfaction can have different causes in the form of injuries, congenital anomalies, or details on the body that we do not like.
Whether you have stubborn pockets of fat in your abdominal area, are suffering from skin irritation due to sagging skin on your arms and legs, or your body has undergone significant changes due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or aging – cosmetic surgery can change your life in a way that allows you to feel better in your own body.
Aesthetic body surgeries include surgical procedures that significantly alter and improve the appearance of the body. Body surgeries include treatments that alternate parts of the body affected by weight gain and obesity, sudden or continuous weight loss, but also special medical conditions such as pregnancy, or excess skin caused by any of these conditions. Body surgery procedures offered by Dr Mark Doyle, specialist plastic surgeon include:
What is Body Surgery?
Body contouring surgery is a group of procedures aimed at improving the appearance of your body as well as increasing your self-confidence. These procedures remove excess fat, skin, and tissue from your body to reshape the area. Once the surgical incisions have completely healed, the treated area becomes firmer, smoother, and more well-defined. Depending on your condition, whole body surgery can be tailored to suit your cosmetic and medical needs.
Each body procedure is tailored to each patient. Also, the procedure itself can be more or less extensive, which will be determined by the specialist surgeon during the consultation.
It is important to mention that operations on certain parts of the body, such as the breast, do not belong to this group of operations, although they are anatomically in a group that could be called the body. But since such body parts already have a large number of surgeries that can be performed, they form separate categories in plastic surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for Body Surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is technically demanding but can give excellent results when carefully selected procedures are performed on the right candidates.
For this very reason, it is important that in collaboration with your specialist surgeon, you determine if you are the right candidate for a particular surgical procedure on your body.
There are many factors that influence the decision of a specialist surgeon whether you are a good candidate for body surgery, or perhaps a non-invasive procedure is a better solution for you. Medical conditions, taking certain medications, medical history, and general health are just some of the factors that will influence a surgeon’s decision.
In general, you are a good candidate for a body surgery procedure if:
- You are bothered by the appearance of a certain part of your body
- You have low self-esteem
- You have pockets of fat in your abdomen
- You have sagging or loose skin in your arms, abdomen, thighs, or other parts of your body
- You are at a stable weight
- You are physically healthy
- You have realistic expectations about what body surgery can achieve.
- You don’t smoke – (read more about the risks of smoking and surgery)
- Not suffering from medical conditions as diabetes, high blood pressure, bleeding
- disorder, heart disease, or depression
- Other medical conditions that can impair healing or increase the risk of surgery
What Are The Benefits Of Body Surgery?
The goal of cosmetic surgery is not to obtain perfect body shapes, because they are unique to each person, but to remove or reduce those shapes that are a source of discomfort and dissatisfaction in the patient, and represent a social, psychological, and physical problem, thereby automatically impairing his health.
This is where the greatest benefits of plastic surgery for every patient lie. Although they, like the procedure itself, are individual, patients feel better, more satisfied after the surgery, and experience an instant increase in self-confidence.
Whether it’s a tummy surgery or torso surgery, undergoing body surgery can give you the following benefits:
- Better body proportion
- Firmer arms and thighs
- Flatter, well-defined abdomen
- Improved body posture
- Improved quality of life
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved sexual function
- Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
- Lower chance of skin infection
- Lower risk of skin irritation due to sagging skin
- More clothing options
- More masculine chest
- Reduced stretch marks
- Smoother, radiant, younger-looking skin
- A toned appearance of your body
Regardless of whether the benefits of surgery represent an aesthetic or functional improvement for you, most patients feel better and more confident after opting for body surgery.
It is for this reason that it is important to emphasize the psychological factor, which is the greatest benefit experienced by most patients.
What Are The Most Popular Body Surgery Procedures?
Aesthetic body procedures are one of the most sought after in the world of plastic surgery. Life, age, stress, and habits greatly affect the appearance of our body, and no one is immune to these factors.
Precisely for this reason, surgical procedures such as Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, and Body Lift are among the most popular in the world and occupy high positions in the TOP 10 surgical procedures each year.
For example, last year alone, nearly 270,000 patients opted for liposuction, an increase of 3% over the previous year, making this surgery the second most sought after in the world, just behind breast surgery.
The most popular aesthetic procedures on the body are:
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty or “Tummy Tuck” targets loose abdominal skin. This surgery removes excess lower abdominal skin or ‘apron’ and tightens the abdomen to remove the appearance of a ‘baggy belly’. Abdominoplasty surgery has the power to restore weakened or separated muscles and alleviate any hygiene issues caused by the folding of excess skin. It can also improve posture, improve bladder function and rework the shape and tone of the abdomen to create a firmer and smoother profile.
Liposuction removes unwanted fat from specific areas of the body that are prone to storing pockets of fat. It’s these pockets of fat that usually prevent people from reaching their health and fitness goals. At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, we commonly use liposuction to improve the contours of the body, including areas such as the neck, upper arms, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees and calves. Multiple areas can also be treated at the same time if need be.
Mummy makeover refers to a combination of aesthetic body contouring procedures, which are performed to neutralize and minimize the physical changes that occur in pregnancy. Mummy makeover refers to a common group of surgical procedures, in the field of plastic cosmetic surgery, including breast lift surgery — with or without breast implants, liposuction and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
A body lift is the combination of several different plastic surgeries that can help to remove the excess skin, stretched muscles, sagging buttocks and even excess fat left behind after substantial weight loss. It is a popular body contouring procedure for patients looking to complete their weight loss journey by removing large skin folds and stubborn fat from the hip, outer thigh, lower abdomen and upper buttocks areas.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Brachioplasty or an arm lift allows Dr Doyle to reshape and remove excess skin and fat from the armpit to the elbow. When we age or lose a significant amount of weight, the skin on the upper arm can lose elasticity and sag. This look, also known as “tuckshop arms”, can be an area that women are unable to improve through exercise alone.
A Thigh Lift or Upper Thigh reduction is a procedure to reduce excess and saggy skin on your upper thighs. Massive weight loss can often result in excess saggy skin that can rub and impact the way you look and feel. This saggy skin can be surgically excised and removed along with some excess fat to sculpt your thigh and make you look better and feel more confident.
A belt lipectomy or circumferential abdominoplasty can be a solution to the excess loose and saggy skin after massive weight loss. If you have had weight loss surgery such as a gastric sleeve or lost a lot of weight through dieting, then a belt lipectomy may help.
Recovery After Body Surgery
Aesthetic body corrections are unique to each patient, and as such result in individual recovery for each patient.
Body surgeries often involve several different individual surgical procedures combined into a single procedure. Some patients will undergo lighter and simpler procedures to achieve the desired appearance, while others will undergo more extensive surgery.
For this reason, it is impossible to estimate the time and severity of recovery for all patients.
The recovery time after body surgery may vary from patient to patient. This will greatly depend on several factors such as the type and extent of your surgery, surgeon’s skills, your healing ability, and desired results. Whether it’s an upper-body or lower body surgery, your surgeon will give you specific instructions during your consultation on how to speed up your recovery. These include refraining from cigarette smoking and stopping medications that may impair your wound healing.
Most importantly, following the surgeon’s instructions can greatly determine recovery as successful, quick, and painless. Following these instructions will help you get back to your daily life and activities as soon as possible.
Also, if your specialist surgeon schedules a follow up appointment, it is important that you attend it so that your surgeon can monitor your results and ensure a quick and stable recovery.
What Does Dr Doyle Do Differently?
It is important to choose an experienced specialist surgeon who follows the trends in the field of his work and provides patients with the best solution.
Dr Mark Doyle is a fully qualified and experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Queensland who has over 30 years of experience implementing modern body surgery techniques. He uses the best equipment and a professional team of people to ensure optimal results and satisfaction.
Through years of working with different patients and challenging cases, Dr Doyle can help to reduce any anxiety, stress and fear you have relating to your cosmetic or functional body surgery procedure. His main goal is to put you at ease and answer any of the questions you may have leading up to surgery.
A trained surgeon with extensive experience can reduce recovery. Less pain, less discomfort, and a specialist surgeon who is always open to your enquiries before and after the operation will help you overcome stress and fear.
How Much Does Body Surgery Cost? – Prices and Costs
Some cosmetic Body Surgery procedures might fall under Medicare-covered procedures. As a rule, all procedures that have only an aesthetic character are not covered by health insurance, while those that impair the functionality of your body and life are mostly covered. It is important to consult with your provider to find out which procedures fall into the group of those funded by health insurance funds.
To receive an accurate estimate of what you can expect to spend on body surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr Doyle. You can access our list of patient resources to find about more about the cost of body surgery:
Further Reading – Medical References
What Are The Risks Of Body Surgery?
Every surgery comes with certain risks and complications. Some procedures come with more potential risks than others, so side effects are possible and conditioned by the extent of the procedure, the patient’s health condition, age, but also the skill of your specialist surgeon. Inexperienced surgeons who are not specialists in the field of surgery can greatly influence the outcome and results.
Like any invasive procedure, the most common possible risks and complications are:
- Implant rupture
- Loss of sensation in the chest area
- Risk of poor reaction to anesthesia
Whether it’s a body fat surgery or torso surgery, there are risks associated with the procedure such as:
- Body weakness
- Changes in skin sensation
- Delayed wound healing
- Numbness in one or both sides of your body
- Severe swelling
- Skin discolouration
- Skin loss
- Sutures that protrude through the skin
- Unwanted scarring
- Wound dehiscence
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia such as skin rashes and difficulty breathing
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Body Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
Can you change your body shape with plastic surgery?
Yes, thanks to various surgical treatments, it is possible to shape your body shape. Of course, there are certain criteria that the patient must meet in order to achieve the desired result, but you can learn more about this in consultation with a plastic surgeon.
What is Full Body plastic surgery?
Full Body Plastic Surgery would be a set of surgical processes, of wide extensiveness, by which the surgeon would change the appearance of your body to multiple areas in one process.
How much is full-body plastic surgery?
The price itself is individual for each patient. It is recommended that you avoid offers that contain a fixed price for plastic surgery, as each procedure is individual.
Is body surgery painful?
Most surgery involves discomfort and pain during the healing stages. It can be difficult to predict the pain levels as each individual’s pain and discomfort may vary.
Will Medicare cover my Body surgery?
There are some Medicare item numbers that may assist with excess skin reduction surgery (Lipectomy) for massive weightloss patients. You must meet strict criteria but gaining a Medicare item number may help you be eligible for Private Health Insurance Subsidy.
When can I return to work?
The time taken to recover before returning to work or daily activities often varies depending on each person and their role at work, Typically most people return to work a few weeks after the initial surgery. It is recommended that no heavy lifting is done 12 weeks after surgery to ensure the body has had time to heal.
How can I minimise scarring?
Any surgery procedure that involved an incision will result in a scar. However, after 6 weeks post-surgery you may commence using a topical scar treatment such as vitamin E or silicone gel. Your scars will be reddened for about 12 months after surgery, and then it should start to fade and soften. Please avoid direct sunlight on the scarring areas and wear sunscreen when in the sun.