Abdominoplasty, also known as ‘tummy tuck’, is a body contouring procedure performed on both men and, more commonly, women. The procedure is designed to improve the appearance of the abdominal area, which may have been affected by pregnancy, significant weight loss or the ageing process. These factors can cause abdominal skin to become flaccid and in the case of pregnancy, can also cause the muscles within the abdominal wall to become weakened. These conditions cannot be corrected with diet and/or exercise alone, requiring surgical intervention to remove excess skin and fat.
Body contouring procedures are designed to reshape and remove excess skin from areas of the body, which have been affected by significant changes in a patient’s weight. The majority of people who seek these procedures have been through bariatric surgery, although many will have lost weight naturally through diet or exercise programs. It is important to realise that surgical body reshaping is not an easy, quick-fix intervention – numerous operations may be required to improve body shape, with a three-month interval between each procedure. There are also a number of prerequisites in terms of patient health and fitness. Patients must be able to demonstrate that they are in good general health, and that their weight has been stable for at least one year.
Lipoplasty, also called liposuction and suction-assisted lipectomy, removes deposits of excess fat from specific areas of the body including the face and neck. The procedure can slim hips and thighs, flatten the abdomen, shape the calves and ankles, or eliminate a double chin. Lipoplasty is well suited for women and men who are of relatively normal weight but have isolated pockets of fat. These localised fat deposits typically do not respond to diet or exercise. While it is possible to undergo lipoplasty at almost any age, best results will be obtained if the skin still has enough elasticity to achieve a smooth contour following fat removal. Lipoplasty can be performed on several areas of the body at the same time and is often combined with other aesthetic plastic surgery.
Arm lift surgery, otherwise known as brachioplasty, is a procedure that reshapes the upper arms by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better proportioned contours of the upper arms. It is designed to tighten the skin and improve the contour of the upper arms. The procedure tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm whilst reducing localised pockets of fat.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that is done to reshape the labia minora - the skin that covers the female clitoris and vaginal opening. Women with a large labia may experience pain during intercourse, possibly feeling discomfort in their everyday life, particularly when engaging in activities such as exercise, riding a bicycle or during their work or pleasure activities. For some women it is a physical manifestation of feeling unattractive or the desire to enhance their sexual experiences by removing some of the skin that covers the clitoris. The labiaplasty is done to better define the labia. There is no definitive reason for the formation; it may be caused by genetics, sexual intercourse or difficulties during childbirth.