Body Contouring Surgery
What Is Body Contouring Surgery?
Body contouring surgery uses various techniques to remove excess skin and/or fat in order to improve the contour of the body. There are a number of reasons you might opt for this type of procedure; for example, to remove excess skin after weight loss, or to achieve the body shape you have always wanted.
Depending on the parts of your body that are affected, the body contouring procedure you will need will be different, for example a mastopexy (breast lift), brachioplasty (arm lift), thigh lift or an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Sometimes, these procedures can be combined during one operation. In addition, they may be performed together with liposuction.
What To Expect From Body Contouring Surgery
This section describes the various techniques that Mr Sierakowski can offer patients seeking body-contouring surgery.
Mastopexy (Breast Uplift)
Otherwise known as a breast uplift, mastopexy involves removing excess loose skin from the breasts. This can be a result of weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding, or part of the natural ageing process. The surgery involves reshaping the breasts and lifting them up to look more youthful. By removing excess saggy skin, remodelling the breast tissue and moving the nipples to their optimal position, Mr Sierakowski, who specialises in cosmetic surgery, can create breasts that look younger and more pert.
Before your breast uplift body contouring surgery, Mr Sierakowski will see you in clinic, where you will have the opportunity to discuss your aims in an open and relaxed environment. Mr Sierakowski will carefully examine your breasts and explain how your goals could best be achieved. He will explain the surgery in detail and discuss the possible risks and complications, to help you make an informed decision. As with any surgery, there are certain risks associated with this type of body contouring surgery, for example scarring, bruising, bleeding, infection and wound healing problems.
Breast uplift body contouring surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and takes about 2-3 hours. The operation involves making a cut around the nipple/areola and moving the nipple up higher on the breast. The excess skin around the nipple is removed and the skin is tightened up. Breast uplift surgery typically results in an anchor-shaped scar going around the areola, vertically down to the lower breast crease and then along this crease.
Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
Another type of body contouring surgery is brachioplasty, or arm lift, surgery. This is suitable for patients with excess saggy skin on the upper arms, which can result from weight loss or ageing. The surgery involves removing a long leaf-shape of skin from the inner side of the upper arm. This is then carefully closed using special dissolving stitches under the skin. The result is a smoother, tighter, upper arm. The surgery leaves a long scar running along the inner aspect of the upper arm, from the elbow to the arm pit and sometimes onto the outer chest. The surgery is sometimes performed along with liposuction.
Mr Sierakowski will discuss the surgery in detail with you in your consultation before your surgery. He will examine your arms and explain what results can be achieved and how the scars will look afterwards. Brachioplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and usually takes around 2 hours to complete. The procedure normally involves an overnight stay in hospital. After the brachioplasty surgery, dressings will be applied and, on some occasions, small tubes will be used to drain any excess blood or fluid from the wound. Mr Sierakowski will also apply elastic bandages to the arms for additional support, to reduce swelling. Medication will be provided to ensure you are comfortable afterwards.
As part of the consultation process, Mr Sierakowski will carefully explain the risks associated with brachioplasty body contouring surgery, to help you make your decision. In addition to the general risks of any operation, such as scarring, bleeding and infection, with brachioplasty there are specific risks that Mr Sierakowski will explain. These include hypertrophic (lumpy) scarring, nerve injury leading to pain or numbness, wound healing problems and asymmetry. If you have any questions about the surgery, Mr Sierakowski is happy to answer them in detail during your consultations and you will have as long as you need to decide if the surgery is right for you. Our team will support you in any decision that you make.
Included in body contouring surgery is a thigh lift. This procedure is commonly performed in people who have loose, saggy skin around the inner thighs, which is often the case after major weight loss. A thigh lift is a body contouring procedure that removes this excess skin after weight loss, giving a slimmer, smoother contour to the thighs.
Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic. During the operation, Mr Sierakowski will create an incision along your inner thighs and remove the excess skin and fat from this area. The procedure can take up to 3 hours, due to the large area that the surgery covers. Once the skin has been removed, Mr Sierakowski will carefully close the incision with special dissolvable stitches under the skin. This will result in a scar running along the inner thigh, from the knee to the groin. After the surgery, you will be fitted with a compression garment to provide support and help reduce swelling. Mr Sierakowski will discuss thigh lift surgery with you in detail during your clinic consultations, as well as explaining the potential risks and complications of this surgery, so you can make an informed decision. Specific complications associated with thigh lift surgery include hypertrophic (lumpy) scarring, nerve injury leading to pain or numbness, wound healing problems, swelling and asymmetry.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Another type of body contouring procedure is abdominoplasty. Otherwise known as a tummy tuck, this procedure will remove the excess skin and fat from your abdomen and tighten your abdominal muscles. Patients may opt to have a tummy tuck to get rid of stubborn skin and fat and repair weak abdominal muscles after pregnancy. Another common reason for undergoing tummy tuck surgery is after major weight loss, which can result in large amounts of loose, hanging skin over the tummy and pubic areas. The tummy tuck is an effective way of dealing with this problem.
Depending on the amount of excess skin and fat that needs to be removed, various different types of tummy tuck are available. These include a mini tummy tuck for excess skin limited to the lower abdomen (for example a bulge around a C-section scar), a Brazilian tummy tuck, which incorporates liposuction, and a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck, which is used after major weight loss to remove excess skin from both the upper and lower abdomen.
During your consultation, Mr Sierakowski will listen to what your particular goals are and suggest which tummy tuck procedure is best suited to you. A tummy tuck is performed under general anaesthetic and usually involves at least one overnight stay in hospital. All tummy tuck procedures result in a scar along the lower abdomen, with some leaving a scar around the tummy button as well. A fleur-de-lis tummy tuck also results in a vertical scar along the middle of the abdomen. After your surgery, it is important that you wear a compression garment for at least 6 weeks, to help reduce swelling and fluid collection.
Mr Sierakowski will discuss tummy tuck surgery with you in detail during your clinic consultations, as well as explaining the potential risks and complications of this surgery, so you can make an informed decision. Specific complications that can be related to tummy tuck surgery include wound healing problems, a hypertrophic (lumpy) scar, numbness of the abdominal skin and seroma formation. This is when fluid collects under the skin and can sometimes need draining off with a needle and syringe in clinic.
Liposuction is an important part of body contouring surgery. It involves sucking out excess fat using a special suction tube. It can be performed on its own, or in combination with the body contouring operations described above. Common areas to be treated by liposuction involve the abdomen, flanks, hips and thighs. Afterwards, you will be asked to wear a compression garment for 6 weeks. This is to reduce swelling and help prevent the build-up of fluid under the skin.
At your consultation, Mr Sierakowski will listen to your goals and explain which type of liposuction is best for you. He will carefully explain the procedure, as well as the risks and complications that are associated with it, so that you can make an informed decision that you are comfortable with. Depending on the amount of liposuction involved, it can be performed either as a day case or with an overnight stay. It is performed under general anaesthetic. The main risks associated with liposuction are swelling, bleeding, bruising, infection, seroma, asymmetry and uneven skin.
The body contouring surgery will be performed by our expert professional surgeon, Mr Sierakowski, who is available at a number of locations in Essex. These include Wellesley Hospital in Southend, Phoenix Hospital in Chelmsford and Springfield Hospital in Chelmsford.