You may have heard this term floating around social media – it’s proving particularly popular with influencers and celebrities: body contouring. But what is body contouring, exactly, and why is it worth knowing about?
Body contouring refers to a range of different aesthetic (or “cosmetic”) surgical procedures that aim to improve the body’s appearance by modifying its size and shape. There’s no real limit to what you can conduct body contouring on, but most patients look to contour the following areas:
- Upper torso
- Upper arms
As the procedure can vary depending on the area being worked on, what’s actually involved in body contouring can vary drastically from one procedure to the next, however it commonly involves removal of fat and excess skin, as well as the implementation of surgical implants.
What is body contouring good for?
While body contouring is considered aesthetic surgery, there are any number of health benefits that people also derive from procedures, including:
- The correction of difficulties and discomfort in walking and exercising
- An improvement in posture
- The reduction of back and shoulder pain
- An improvement in personal hygiene (for example, by removing issues associated with the accumulation of sweat and difficulty reaching areas to clean
- Improved self esteem
For many patients, body contouring is an important first step towards a healthier lifestyle. For many one of the greatest difficulties in taking up exercise is the extreme discomfort that excess skin can cause. Body contouring is an ideal solution to that challenge.
Are there risks with body contouring?
As with any surgical procedure there are risks with body contouring that you should discuss with your plastic surgeon ahead of making any decision. One of the main risks is that a general anaesthetic will be required for most body contouring procedures.
Other risks that patients should be aware of and discuss ahead of time range from minor to major, and include:
- Bruising and swelling
- A blood clot, leading to heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or stroke
- Allergic reaction to the sutures, dressings, or antiseptic solutions used in the procedure
- Scarring, including keloid and hypertrophic scars which can be irritating and itchy, though not life-threatening
- Complications associated with slow healing
With this being said, body contouring is considered to be a relatively safe medical procedure and complications are uncommon, or highly manageable.
What is body contouring priced at?
Because each body contouring procedure will depend on the individual and what they are looking to get done, it’s difficult to provide even general guidance to what a body contouring procedure will cost. Factors that will affect the price include:
- The surgeon’s fee
- Hospital surgical facility costs
- Fees for the use of anaesthetic
- Any medication prescriptions
- Medical tests
- Any costs associated with a hospital stay
As this is plastic surgery, it will not be covered by public healthcare (Medicare). Your private insurance policy might include a provision for aesthetic surgery.
Again, your surgeon will discuss the cost of the procedure well in advance so there won’t be any “bill shock” after the procedure.
If you have any further questions about body contouring, what’s involved, and whether it’s right for your personal goals, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with our friendly team. We’ll be able to answer any questions that you have and get you started on the way to an entirely new-look you.