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5 Body Contouring Procedures to Help You Get Ready for Summer

With summer just around the corner, many people are looking for ways to feel confident and fabulous in their swimsuits and summer attire. Body contouring procedures have become increasingly popular as they offer effective solutions for reshaping and enhancing one’s physique. Whether you’re looking to tone your tummy, lift your buttocks, or eliminate stubborn fat, there are numerous options available to help you achieve your desired results. In this blog, we’ll delve into five body contouring procedures that can help you get ready for summer.


Liposuction is one of the most well-known body contouring procedures, and for a good reason. This surgical procedure involves the removal of excess fat from specific areas of the body through suction. It’s particularly effective for targeting stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Areas Commonly Treated with Liposuction

Liposuction can be performed on various parts of the body, including:

  • Abdomen and waist

  • Thighs and hips

  • Buttocks

  • Arms

  • Back

  • Chest (for men)

Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction offers several benefits, such as:

  • Immediate and noticeable fat reduction

  • Improved body contours and proportions

  • Enhanced self-confidence

What to Expect from the Procedure

During liposuction, small incisions are made, and a thin tube called a cannula is inserted to break up and suction out the fat. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia, and the duration varies depending on the areas being treated.

Recovery Time and Potential Side Effects

Recovery time for liposuction can vary, but most patients can return to work within a week and resume normal activities within a few weeks. Common side effects include swelling, bruising, and temporary numbness.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area while tightening the underlying muscles. This procedure is ideal for individuals who have loose or sagging skin due to weight loss or pregnancy.

Ideal Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are those who:

  • Have excess abdominal skin and fat

  • Have weakened or separated abdominal muscles

  • Are in good overall health

  • Have realistic expectations

Differences Between a Full and Mini Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck involves an incision from hip to hip and around the navel, allowing for extensive removal of skin and tightening of muscles. A mini tummy tuck, on the other hand, focuses on the lower abdomen and involves a smaller incision.

Expected Results and Recovery Process

Patients can expect a flatter and more toned abdomen following a tummy tuck. Recovery typically involves taking it easy for a few weeks, wearing compression garments, and avoiding strenuous activities.

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) has gained popularity for its ability to enhance the shape and size of the buttocks using the patient’s own fat. This procedure not only provides a more lifted and fuller appearance but also helps contour other areas of the body.

During a BBL, fat is harvested from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, or flanks using liposuction. The fat is then purified and injected into the buttocks to create the desired shape and volume.

How Fat Transfer Works in a BBL

Fat transfer involves carefully injecting the purified fat into multiple layers of the buttocks to ensure a natural and smooth result. The surgeon artistically shapes the buttocks to enhance curves and proportions.

Advantages of Choosing a BBL Over Implants

The BBL offers several advantages over buttock implants, including:

  • Natural look and feel

  • Lower risk of complications

  • Dual benefit of contouring donor areas

Post-Procedure Care and Recovery Timeline

Recovery from a BBL typically involves avoiding sitting or lying directly on the buttocks for a few weeks, wearing compression garments, and following the surgeon’s instructions for optimal results.


CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that uses cryolipolysis to freeze and eliminate fat cells. It’s an excellent option for those looking to reduce fat in specific areas without undergoing surgery. CoolSculpting involves applying a cooling device to the targeted area, which freezes the fat cells. These frozen fat cells are gradually eliminated by the body’s natural processes over the following weeks.

Target Areas Suitable for CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting can be used to treat various areas, including:

  • Abdomen

  • Flanks (love handles)

  • Thighs

  • Back

  • Upper arms

  • Chin

Non-Invasive Nature and Minimal Downtime

One of the biggest advantages of CoolSculpting is that it’s non-invasive, meaning there are no incisions or anesthesia needed. Patients can typically resume normal activities immediately after the procedure.


CoolTone is another non-invasive procedure that complements CoolSculpting by focusing on muscle toning rather than fat reduction. It uses magnetic muscle stimulation to strengthen and tone muscles in various areas of the body.

While CoolSculpting targets fat cells, CoolTone focuses on enhancing muscle definition. It uses electromagnetic energy to induce muscle contractions, which helps build and tone muscle tissue.

The Technology Behind Muscle Toning with CoolTone

CoolTone’s technology penetrates deep into the muscle layers, causing powerful contractions that are more intense than those achieved through regular exercise. This leads to improved muscle strength and definition.

Popular Treatment Areas

CoolTone is commonly used to tone muscles in areas such as:

  • Abdomen

  • Buttocks

  • Thighs

Expected Outcomes and Time Frame for Results

Patients can expect firmer and more defined muscles after a series of CoolTone treatments. Results can be seen within a few weeks, with optimal outcomes achieved after multiple sessions.

Explore Your Options: Surgical and Non-Surgical Options

A Mommy Makeover offers a comprehensive restoration of a woman's body post-pregnancy, combining body contouring, breast enhancement, and potentially other tailored procedures like tummy tucks, liposuction, and breast lifts. Ideal candidates have completed childbearing and have realistic health and outcome expectations.

The advantage of multiple procedures includes better overall results, shorter total recovery time, and cost savings.

Similarly, non-surgical fat removal methods, including laser treatments and CoolSculpting, provide alternatives to traditional surgery, targeting areas like the abdomen and thighs with minimal downtime and gradual, natural-looking results.

For targeting belly fat specifically, options like liposuction, tummy tucks, and CoolSculpting are available, with the choice depending on the individual's health, amount of fat removal needed, and desired

outcomes, each offering varying results and recovery times.

Body Contouring Procedures

Getting Summer-Ready Body Contouring Procedures

Body contouring procedures offer a range of solutions to help you get ready for summer and feel more confident in your appearance. Whether you opt for surgical options like liposuction and tummy tucks or non-invasive treatments like CoolSculpting and CoolTone, it’s essential to consult with a certified professional to determine the best approach for your needs. With the right procedure, you can achieve the body contours you desire and step into summer with enhanced confidence and self-assurance.

At Panhandle Plastic Surgery, we offer a comprehensive range of body contouring procedures to help you achieve your ideal summer body. Our team of highly trained and experienced professionals will work closely with you to understand your goals and develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique concerns. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a slimmer, more sculpted you!


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