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Body Contouring 101

Body contouring procedures are the ultimate answer for active and healthy Canadians who simply cannot seem to get rid of troublesome areas of fat through exercise and diet. These safe, non-invasive surgeries target specific areas of your body and permanently remove a safe amount of fat deposits from them. This leaves the treated areas with mostly toned flesh, greatly improving your shape. Whether you want to lose fat around your thighs, in your abdominal area, or under your upper arms, there is a body contouring procedure out there for you.   

Your body is a sculpture, and body contouring is the sculpting tool that shapes your body into perfect proportions. 

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Sculpt your Body with a Body Contouring Procedure

If your workout routine and your balanced diet are not giving you results in specific areas of your physique, then you may consider a body contouring procedure. Body contouring is an excellent treatment for healthy individuals who want to lose those fatty imperfections for good. By directly removing fat cells in areas that do not respond well to traditional weight loss methods, body contouring leaves you with a slender shape and superior proportions. Think of it like adding the final touches to an already near-perfect body. 

Call Dr. Peterson at the Okanagan Health Surgical Centre at (250) 868-9099 or fill out this online contact form to discuss which body contouring procedure best addresses your needs. 

Body Contouring: Fat Reduction or Weight Loss?

A body contouring procedure permanently removes fat in a specific area of your body. It is not a weight-loss method like physical exercise or a diet. Fat reduction is different from weight loss. 

The adult human body has a fixed number of fat cells. This number does not change even as your weight fluctuates. When you gain weight, your fat cells get bigger. When you lose weight by exercising or dieting, they become smaller. 

Body contouring permanently removes these fat cells from your body. This has multiple implications— positive and negative: 

  • The area that has been contoured cannot gain fat again. That’s because fat cells have been permanently removed from the area. 
  • Other body parts that have not been contoured can still gain weight. If these remaining fat cells get bigger, your body could look disproportionate. As such, controlling your weight via exercising and dieting is essential after body contouring. 
  • The number of fat cells that can be safely removed is limited. That’s why body contouring is not a cure for obesity and only used to treat choice areas resistant to traditional weight loss methods. 

Used correctly, body contouring is ideal for helping you get over that final hump in your body goals. It could be what you need to finally get rid of that double chin or waist fat forever. 

Explore your Body Contouring Procedures

Cosmetic surgeons offer a variety of body contouring procedures. While all procedures involve the permanent removal of fat cells or skin, they treat different body parts and address specific needs. 

  • Liposuction: Widely regarded as a general body contouring procedure, liposuction eliminates a safe number of fat cells in stubborn areas like the hips, thighs, chin, and neck. Liposuction is often paired with other body contouring procedures, as it only removes fat—not skin. 
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty): This treatment removes excess skin and fat in the abdominal region. A tummy tuck leaves the patient’s stomach tighter and flatter and repairs their abdominal muscles if they have been weakened. 
  • Arm lift (brachioplasty): An arm lift reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow. This procedure tones the upper arms and makes them look more proportionate. 
  • Thigh lift: This procedure reduces excess skin and fat in the inner thighs, reshaping them to a slimmer appearance. 

Speak to a cosmetic surgeon to learn which body contouring procedures are right for you. 

Is Body Contouring Safe?  

Body contouring procedures are generally safe. However, as with all surgeries, medical complications can occur during the operation. Moreover, possible side effects depend on the specific body contouring procedure in question. 

Generally, the success of the procedure rests heavily on your own preparation and the skill of your cosmetic surgeon. Make sure to choose a reputable practitioner and follow their pre-surgery recommendations carefully. 

While your own experience with body contouring may differ, the vast majority of patients are satisfied with their procedure. Indeed, 86% of patients report increased self-esteem and 70% report better quality of life. This is not to mention that body contouring procedures are among the most popular cosmetic surgeries. 

Interested in Body Contouring? 

Body contouring can be the finishing touch that elevates your aesthetics to its fullest potential. It finishes what your workout routine and diet have started. Having taken care of your body and health for such a long time, you deserve to get rid of these stubborn fat deposits once and forever.  

Think body contouring is the final step to attain the shape you’ve always wanted? Call Dr. Peterson at the Okanagan Health Surgical Centre at (250) 868-9099 or fill out the online contact form


Q: How long does body contouring take?

A: It depends on the specific procedure. Liposuction can take multiple sessions, whereas a tummy tuck takes a few hours. All body contouring procedures have a recovery time ranging from a few weeks to a few months.  

Q: Do I need to keep getting body contouring procedures?

A: No. The effects of body contouring are permanent. Once treated, the area will never gain weight again. However, you can still gain weight elsewhere. That’s why you should continue your active lifestyle to maintain your results. 

Q: Can I get body contouring if I’m overweight?

A: Yes. However, the effects of body contouring will be limited, as there are only so many fat cells that can be safely removed from your body. Body contouring should not be your primary method to lose weight. 

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