The preponderance of post-op breast augmentation questionnaires offers a useful way to measure satisfaction, but there is a shortage of similar surveys that evaluate body contouring procedures like liposuction and abdominoplasty. Because there’s a lack of comprehensive methods to chart body contouring procedure outcomes, we need to determine our own metrics for success.
What Is Body Contouring?
Body contouring procedures are designed to remove excess skin and fatty tissue to refine the body’s underlying shape. Tummy tucks, liposuction and nonsurgical options like UltraShape® are among the most commonly performed body contouring procedures. Other examples include breast lifts, arm lifts, lower body lifts and thigh lifts.
What to Look For
Telltale signs of well-performed body contouring procedures include small, subtly placed incisions, minimal scarring and smooth, natural-looking contours. Regardless of the type of body contouring procedure or method used, evidence of a quality surgery involves careful, symmetrical lines on both sides of the treatment area. For example, a tummy tuck with liposuction should result in a toned midsection that has equal, corresponding curves on either side of the waist, hips and flanks.
Who to Look For
Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is the most important consideration to ensure successful results. You want to entrust your health as well as your cosmetic concerns to a professional who has the training, skills and experience to perform top-notch body contouring. Schedule a consultation with a surgeon who is a certified member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and ask to see a gallery of before and after photos to help you look for signs of a skilled, artful technique.