Several skilled plastic surgeons are performing a variety of procedures, and body contouring is one among the popular ones.

However, body contouring surgeons in Maryland stress upon the fact that this genre of plastic surgery covers both cosmetic as well as reconstructive surgery.
Let us get some idea of what this means.

Cosmetic surgery refers to reshaping part(s) of the body to enhance the cosmetic appearance.

On the other hand, reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal body parts that were the result of certain issues, such as from birth, trauma, infection, or diseases.

Subsequent to significant weight loss achieved by surgical procedures such as bariatric surgery that involves gastric bypass, banding, or other procedures, patients develop areas of hideous excess skin.

Some body contouring surgeons in Maryland are of the opinion that body reshaping procedures, in addition to enhancing cosmetic appearance, provide the following advantages as well.

• By removal of excess skin, the patient is freed from the risk of getting fungal infections that originate between skin folds.
• By getting rid of the apron of skin beneath the abdomen, patients find it easy in achieving active lifestyles.

Surgeons performing body contouring surgery Maryland, however, stress that body contouring procedures are best suited to only those candidates who have reached their plateau of weight loss.

They suggest patients who have undergone bariatric surgery to wait for at least one year to allow their weight to stabilize.

Needless to say, body contouring surgeons are extremely careful while choosing the right candidates. They comprehensively evaluate each patient and discuss various surgical options that are best suited to the patient’s needs.

“Our primary concern is patient safety”, says a Maryland based cosmetic surgeon.
After all, surgeons try their best to achieve the maximum results with the minimum scarring.
Let us now take a look at the most popular among all body contouring procedures.

Abdominoplasty (also called tummy tuck)

This is the most common procedure performed on a post-bariatric surgery patient.

Here is what surgeons do.
A low horizontal incision is made just above the pubic area. The length is decided by the surgeon by ascertaining how much skin must be removed.

Once the incision is done, the doctor tightens the muscles around the abdominal wall and removes loose skin and excess fat across the lower abdomen.

For many patients, liposuction is performed in tandem with Abdominoplasty.

Medial thigh lift

This procedure is done with the objective of removing excess skin and fat from the inner thighs after considerable weight loss.

Breast lift

This procedure, also called Mastopexy, is done to reshape and lift sagging breasts. Surgeons remove the excess skin of the breast and relocate the nipple and areola to a higher elevation. This results in a more youthful appearance. It is not uncommon for doctors to enlarge breasts with implants at the same time.


Substantial weight loss can also cause accelerated development of facial aging. A face lift procedure can significantly rejuvenate the facial appearance.
Today, body contouring techniques have made significant advances. Many men desire to have an athletic body look that displays a superficial musculature.

Surgeons have developed a technique of body contouring that achieves tight skin that exposes muscular volume and highlights adherence.

Author's Bio: 

Dr Guy Cappuccino is a Board Certified plastic surgeon serving Frederick, Carroll, Howard and Montgomery County, Maryland area. He specializes in all types of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.