Diet and exercise can help in contouring the body. Still, sometimes post-pregnancy, excess weight loss, and or aging have stretched the muscles leaving there a need for surgical assistance to get the body back into shape.
Board-certified Michigan plastic surgeon Dr. Michelle Hardaway, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.), is a graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine and she also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Michigan. She has served in the plastic surgery and burn departments of several hospitals and has written and lectured widely on complicated surgical issues. She is presently involved in training plastic surgery residents at Wayne State University and Providence Hospital.
She completed her residency in the general surgery department of North Shore University Hospital, an affiliate of Cornell Medical Center in New York.
Body contouring surgery is a blanket term for procedures that change the shape of the body, from removing excess fat to tightening loose and sagging skin. It includes surgical procedures such as liposuction or body lifts, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, Brazilian butt lifts (BBL), as well as non-surgical fat reduction.
Brazilian Butt Lift
Fat grafting to the buttocks not only gives shape to the buttocks but also contouring of other areas of the body. Fat is harvested (liposuctioned) from multiple areas of the body. The fat is then separated from any liquefied components and then injected into the buttocks to give a fuller look to the buttocks.
Liposculpture (or suction-assisted lipectomy) has become one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed by plastic surgeons today. Proven safety, minimal scarring and outstanding results have made it the preferred method for removing fat from the hips, thighs, buttocks and midriff as well as areas of the face, neck, arms and back.
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty involves repair of the abdominal wall muscles (rectus abdominus) which is often stretched from pregnancy, fluctuation in weight, aging, prior surgery or heredity. Diastasis recti is the medical term used to describe the stretching of the tissue between the muscles which most often occurs with pregnancy.
Dr. Hardaway is often asked about the so-called “mommy makeover.” This is a popular term that is used to describe a combination of aesthetic/ plastic surgery procedures done concurrently to “bring back” the body of your youth. Mommy makeover patients have their body shape enhanced by doing combinations of tummy tucks, breast lifts, breast augmentations and by having areas of their body liposuctioned.