Body Contouring 101

Posted on Oct 01,2016 By Dr. Y Anthony Nakamura

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If you’ve tried dieting and exercising, but you’re still not getting the results you want in terms of fat reduction, cellulite reduction, and skin tightening, you may want to consider body contouring.

Body contouring is an umbrella term for a variety of cosmetic procedures designed to help you achieve the sculpted and toned body you desire.

Body contouring can include procedures such as a tummy tuck, liposuction, or an arm or thigh lift. It can be a simple, single procedure to tighten weak abdominal muscles and fix a stomach pooch, or it can be several procedures that completely reshape the body by lifting saggy skin and removing fat from several locations.

If you’re considering body contouring, keep in mind that it should not be considered a first step in improving health or the look of one’s body. Body contouring should begin after you alter your lifestyle to eat a healthy diet and exercise on a regular basis.

The following is a summary of some typical body contouring procedures that you can undergo singularly, or in combination, at Dr. Nakamura’s plastic surgery office:


Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that can remove fat from several areas around the body. During a liposuction procedure, Dr. Nakamura makes a small incision in the area where the liposuction is to be performed, and then he inserts a small hollow tube that suctions out excess fat. Recovery time for liposuction is minimal.

Vaser Liposuction

Vaser Liposuction uses ultrasound energy to target and break apart fat cells in almost any part of the body. This procedure is available on larger areas of the body such as the thighs and buttocks, and it’s safe and effective for smaller areas such as the neck and arms. Vaser Liposuction only targets fat cells, so it leaves surrounding healthy tissue untouched. Recovery time is quicker with Vaser Liposuction than with regular liposuction.

Tummy Tuck

Dr. Nakamura can perform a tummy tuck as part of body contouring to remove unwanted excess tissue in the abdominal area and to tighten the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck gives patients a smoother and flatter stomach.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is a medical procedure similar to a tummy tuck, but it differs in a couple of ways. Typically, the surgery and recovery time are shorter for patients who undergo a mini tummy tuck. Also, a mini tummy tuck does not require that the patient’s belly button be repositioned. When diet and exercise have not worked to remove stubborn fat and give you a flatter stomach, you may want to consider a mini tummy tuck.

Dr. Nakamura’s Accent on You cosmetic surgery office is available to consult with you about body contouring and other cosmetic surgery procedures. Dr. Nakamura offers a professional approach to cosmetic surgery and he is ready to answer any and all of your questions.

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