Body contouring
Body contouring

Body contouring is often resorted to by people who have achieved extreme weight loss or who want to lose excess weight permanently. The surgical procedure is used by doctors to remove excess fat from the abdomen, hips and thigh region.

The procedure can also help to sculpt the body so that people are able to improve their figure and regain health and confidence. If you are overweight it can lead to many health complications and body contouring surgery is an effective way to lose the extra fat.

Although this surgical procedure can help lose weight permanently, it is important that patients are also aware of body contouring side effects so that they can make an  Body contouring informed choice of surgery.

5 side effects of body contouring

  1. Bruising and swelling – The most common body contouring side effects are bruising and swelling. As a significant amount of fat is removed from various places in the body it can lead to temporary bruising and swelling. Although it may reduce within a few days, it can continue to be a persistent problem in some cases. The bruising can be itchy and annoying at times.
  2. Risk of infection – As the surgical wounds may not heal properly, it can increase the risk of infection. If the patient suffers from other skin or health problems it can delay the healing process and this can aggravate the condition resulting in infections. Allergic reactions to dressings and antiseptic solutions can also infect the operated area. Post surgical care is of utmost importance to help prevent infections of any type. Antibiotics are commonly used to treat infections successfully.
  3. Soreness, scarring and change of sensation – As large quantities of skin and tissue are removed during the body contouring process it can result in temporary soreness. Scarring in certain parts of the body and change of sensation are also common side effects. Although scarring is impossible to prevent in surgery a good surgeon may be able to keep it as inconspicuous as possible.
  4. Seroma or excess fluid – In this condition excess fluid is trapped inside the body and it starts building up in certain parts of the body. The fluid is drained out of the body using tubes and this can cure the side effect easily. Depending on the amount of fluids that are accumulated in various parts of the body the tubes may be placed inside for drainage for at least a week.
  5. Risks related to anesthesia – Some patients may experience nausea after anesthesia. There can also be other risks related to anesthesia.

After the surgery you may experience some amount of pain and discomfort and this is most likely to disappear within a few days. Surgeons prescribe pain relief depending on the different surgical procedures.

It is advisable to follow the post operative care suggested by the surgeon for quick healing. In some rare cases multiple procedures may be required to achieve the desired results.

Serious complications or side effects are often rare in body contouring surgery. However you need to remember that all types of surgery involves side effects and risks.

The healing process is usually slow in this surgery as large parts of the body are operated upon but with adequate care and rest the common side effects can be easily managed.