Be transformed with our Body Contouring Program at our Melbourne clinic.
Body Contouring the ENRICH way – here’s how we do it.
#1. Total body reshape – body contouring, Melbourne
This program transforms your body by reducing stubborn fat and reshaping using liposuction. Liposuction is a safe, effective way to alter and improve your contours. Downtime for this procedure ranges from one to two weeks, but only one treatment is required. Learn more about liposuction here.
- Neck, chin and jowls
- Knees and thighs
- Back flanks
#2 Stubborn Fat in a Localised Area – body contouring, Melbourne
This element of the program is for those of you with stubborn fat deposits in a specific area. We use the Clatuu fat freezing device to target these areas, to dissolve fat in a non-invasive, painless treatment.
Fat freezing is a newer technology that embraces the power of cold to damage fat cells – but not other tissue – so these cells are reabsorbed by the body over the following weeks. Downtime for this procedure is minimal, but multiple treatments are required. Learn more about fat freezing here.
- Back flanks
- and others – ask!
#3. Body Slimming and Tightening – body contouring, Melbourne
We use the VenusFreeze (not fat freezing!) device to help to reduce localised fat deposits while also tightening skin for a slimmer, more youthful-looking body. The VenusFreeze is a wave-based technology that has the ability to damage fat cells so they are reabsorbed by the body, making them disappear – forever! Learn more about the VenusFreeze here.
#4. Cellulite treatment – our CelluFix Program – body contouring, Melbourne
We also have an effective cellulite treatment program, CelluFix, if just cellulite is your main concern. Find more details on the CelluFix Program here.
Body contouring after weight loss
Having body contouring procedures after weight loss can really boost the effects of losing all that weight. Carrying a lot of weight for a long period of time can stretch the skin beyond bouncing back, and leave your shape lumpy and bumpy. Having a few key procedures to reshape this skin and fat can make a profound difference.
Weight loss can come in two forms; weight is lost on your own using diet and exercise, or massive weight loss is achieved with the help of bariatric surgery – gastric banding, sleeve, or bypass surgery. Resistant fatty deposits can remain, even after weight loss, since the way our fat is distributed is largely up to hormones and genetics to decide. The excess skin may be a big problem, along with stretch marks.
Pre-weight loss it’s all about losing weight…
…but post-weight loss, you start to focus on how clothes fit and the next phase, which is optimising the body you are left with once all that fat is gone. This is where body contouring procedures come into their own, and really cement the effort into place.
Loose skin can feel like a disappointing booby prize after losing weight, because it causes unflattering profiles and shapes that can only just be covered with loose clothing. It can be quite uncomfortable too, while also being a bittersweet reminder of your epic journey.
Body contouring surgery is a useful adjunct to weight-loss, because it doesn’t make you healthier per se (like weight loss does), but it makes you feel good about your body. This is really useful when you consider what is going to help you continue to maintain a healthy weight – we all want to look good, so using your new shapely body as the dangling carrot is as good as anything.
Fatty deposits and loose skin – what do we do with it?
Body contouring will be different for each of you, with so many options available to get the results you want. You may need a few stubborn fatty deposits removed, skin tightened or removed, or multiple procedures over a one to two year period. That is for you and your surgeon to decide – some body contouring is less extreme than others, but usually found to be worth every bruise and well-spent penny.
Body contouring may include surgical and non-surgical procedures
The main ways in which we recontour the body are liposuction in major and minor areas, breast adjustments, face and neck sculpting, and cellulite treatments.
When you come in for your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly examine you and discuss your wishes with you to get a good overview of what it is you are after.
Who gets the best results from body contouring?
The best results of body contouring are seen in those who are in the healthy or just above weight range, with a body mass index (BMI) of between 20 and 30. This doesn’t mean anyone with a BMI over 30 won’t see dramatic results; they will. It will simply change the procedures we choose to do, with those with a higher BMI possibly requiring more or different procedures to achieve their goals.
Having a beautiful shape doesn’t necessarily mean not having a lot of fat – fat creates shapeliness, so having fat in the right places is what it’s all about. Fat is not the enemy.
Ways we have to remove fat from an area
There are many ways now to remove fat, with injections, wave-based devices, and liposuction all proving new staples of the cosmetic dermatologist. We use heating, cooling, laser, radiofrequency and surgery to variously remove fatty deposits and tighten skin. Our equipment now is more effective (by far) that anything we’ve had so far.
Fat removal – how it works
Fat removal these days uses one of three strategies, or a combination: forcing the fat cell to die, and then either letting your body remove the dead cells as garbage over a few months by itself, or suctioning the cells out using liposuction, or simply using liposuction as a stand-alone procedure. The methods of destroying fat cells are numerous and may be wave-based technologies, using temperature, or certain ingredients injected into the fat cells.
All of these options are viable, but the most important factor will be what procedure best suits what your body will best respond to with the least effort and maximum results.
Things to consider before seeking body contouring treatments
- Check in with yourself why you want body contouring done, and make sure your motivations are transparent. If you need to, talk it through with a professional.
- Make sure your body is fit and healthy enough – and firm enough – to make the procedures worth your while. If you have an unhealthy lifestyle, body contouring should maybe be further down the to-do list. You won’t get the best results if your body is slow to heal or you have other elements that need addressing first.
- Make sure your diet is sustainable – you can’t afford to be bingeing and yoyo dieting, and getting body contouring at the same time. You need a stable, sustainable weight to get the most out of body contouring treatments or you can end up with patchy results due to weight fluctuations.
The main reasons people want body contouring treatments
- Disappointment with post-baby body
- Being really fit hasn’t had the desired body-shaping outcomes
- People with sagging, loose skin after losing a lot of weight
- Those with a body they were born with, but dislike a part of, such as having no definable waist, large breasts, or thick ankles
The issues we face with non-surgical body contouring, fat-removal devices
There are a collection of new devices around to remove fat, such as fat freezing and injectables. While these devices provide non-invasive, surgery-free fat removal and body contouring options, they are newish to the market. That means, first, that practitioners using this equipment haven’t had as much experience as they may have in, say, liposuction, and it also means that the long-term studies haven’t had time to come in yet. This may result in uncertain results both now and in the future.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get procedures done with these devices, but it means you need to have a good relationship with your surgeon so you understand where they stand on these treatments and what you can expect. Results are everything, so take your doctor’s advice, and get a second opinion where necessary.
Body contouring – advanced surgeries, ‘body lifting’
There are several more advanced surgeries than just liposuction or a tummy tuck to remove excess skin. Body contouring for previously obese people can include lifts of large portions of the body in separate or joint operations.
After bariatric surgery to restrict food intake, weight loss is inevitable, but it leaves the skin loose all over the body. This isn’t just aesthetically problematic; it’s difficult to manage this amount of excess skin.
When there is fat inside the skin, it is plump and full, but the minute you remove that fat, the skin reveals its inelasticity and becomes cumbersome to squeeze into now-smaller clothes, sleeves, and jeans. The skin has to go somewhere. Exercise can be difficult, sitting or standing can be an issue, and life gets a little more uncomfortable than it needs to be.
The biggest complaint from post-weight loss patients is this skin. Women may wish to have a breast lift or even implants to regain shape, while men often want their excess breast skin and tissue gone.
The upper body lift removes loose skin from the arms, breast and chest, while a lower body lift removes excess skin from the back, abdomen, buttocks and thighs. We do not perform these body lifting operations at ENRICH, but we can recommend surgeons who do.
See how we can help recontour your body.