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BODY CONTOURING WITH DR BELDHOLM

From tummy tucks, arm lifts, inner thigh lifts to body lifts

BODY CONTOURING WITH DR BELDHOLM

From tummy tucks, arm lifts, inner thigh lifts to body lifts

BODY CONTOURING WITH DR BELDHOLM

From tummy tucks, arm lifts, inner thigh lifts to body lifts

Body Contouring for Mothers

During pregnancy, the average normal-size woman gains anywhere from 11.5 kg and 16 kg. Whether you’ve given birth to multiple children or just one, suffering from the dreaded “mummy tummy” or “pooch” is quite common. Unfortunately, that bulge in the lower abdomen doesn’t always go away even with exercise and healthy eating. This is because during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman’s stomach expands to accommodate their growing baby. During that time, a woman’s skin expands along with the abdominal muscles. The impacts of pregnancy on the muscles can lead to separation, leaving a gap that allows a woman’s stomach to “pooch out.” To make matters worse, many women suffer from skin that loses its firmness and elasticity after giving birth. The good news is that these problem areas can be fixed with the help of cosmetic surgery. The most common procedures that mothers typically request when meeting with Dr Beldholm for a consultation are the:

Mini Sculpt Tummy Tuck

This addresses the small overhang of skin that droops over C-section scar.

Full Sculpt Tummy Tuck

In addition to tightening the skin, this operation sculpts the abdominal area as well as repairs separated muscles.

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Aesthetic Breast Surgery

(Example: Breast Lift and/or Breast Augmentation) The fat that is removed from the tummy may also be used to augment the breasts to regain the fullness pre-pregnancy.

Restore the shape and appearance of a woman’s body after childbearing is often referred to as the “mummy makeover.” Combining aesthetic breast surgery with tummy tuck surgery addresses common issues faced by women who have been through pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Body Contouring Post Weight Loss

Whenever a patient drops a significant amount a weight, it’s a huge milestone and the beginning of an exciting new chapter. Whether through bariatric surgery or through diet and exercise, losing 45 kilos or more results is, without a doubt, life-changing. Often times, however, they are left with one big unwanted reminder of their former self, and that is loose, hanging skin. This happens when the skin stretches to accommodate a person’s growing size. For many patients, unfortunately, that loose, hanging skin sticks around long after they’ve reached a weight that they are both comfortable and happy with. For some, this can make them:

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Feel older than what they really are

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Struggle with being fully active

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Prone to skin irritations due to rubbing skin

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Find shopping for certain clothing challenging

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Have difficulty forming intimate relationships

There are two major life changes that can have a big impact on a person’s body: pregnancy and massive weight loss following bariatric surgery or diet and exercise. While giving birth and dropping a significant amount of weight are both proud milestones, the impacts of having done both can sometimes take a toll on the body.

For women who’ve given birth, they often suffer from loose, separated muscles on the tummy (diastasis recti) as well as extra skin. While individuals who’ve experienced dramatic weight loss may not suffer muscle separation, they often suffer from excess, drooping skin as well.

Dr Beldholm, an Expert in Body Contouring

Over the last decade there has been significant advancements in the surgical techniques for body contouring. Ten years ago, the traditional technique of simple skin excision involved the insertion of drains. At the time, it was considered the established technique for tummy tucks, arm lifts, inner thigh lifts and other body contouring operations.

A respected and FRACS qualified specialist surgeon, Dr Beldholm has appeared on TV discussing the latest developments in cosmetic surgery techniques. At the 2013 International Cosmetex conference, he presented his technique for liposuction-based arm lifts as well as lipo-abdominoplasty. During that time, both were considered significant advancements in cosmetic surgery because they allowed for quicker recovery with no need for drains.

Dr Bernard Beldholm presenting his technique for Arm lifts at Cosmetex 2013

Individual results vary*

Dr Bernard Beldholm presenting his technique for lipo-abdominoplasty at cosmetex 2013

Individual results vary*

In the last few years, Dr Beldholm has gone a step further by incorporating VASER liposculpture into his body contouring operations. He has found that this technique leads to less bruising, a faster recovery and smoother results. VASER liposculpture is used as an integral part of several body contouring operations that Dr Beldholm performs including:

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VASER lipo-abdominoplasty

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VASER brachioplasty

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VASER liposculpture based inner thigh lift

A significant step up from traditional liposuction, VASER liposculpture is powerful enough to eliminate substantial areas of fat yet gentle enough to treat delicate areas.

When Diet and Exercise Aren’t Enough

Achieving a toned, sculpted physique can seem like an impossible feat, especially, when patients have tried exercising and dieting and that stubborn, excess skin or “tummy pooch” still remains behind. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill to make either problem simply go away. Beware of gimmicks that promise to get rid of the problem naturally. As the famous saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. The good news, though, is that cosmetic surgery can give a patient’s body the fine-tuning it needs to reveal a a firmer, trimmer body.

Putting the Final Touches on Your Dream Body

During pregnancy, the average normal-size woman gains anywhere from 11.5 kg and 16 kg. Whether you’ve given birth to multiple children or just one, suffering from the dreaded “mummy tummy” or “pooch” is quite common. Unfortunately, that bulge in the lower abdomen doesn’t always go away even with exercise and healthy eating. This is because during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman’s stomach expands to accommodate their growing baby. During that time, a woman’s skin expands along with the abdominal muscles. The impacts of pregnancy on the muscles can lead to separation, leaving a gap that allows a woman’s stomach to “pooch out.” To make matters worse, many women suffer from skin that loses its firmness and elasticity after giving birth. The good news is that these problem areas can be fixed with the help of cosmetic surgery. The most common procedures that mothers typically request when meeting with Dr Beldholm for a consultation are the:

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A better-proportioned appearance

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A smoother and more youthful look

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The ability to move around more easily

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Fitting into clothes better

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A boost in self-confidence

What does body contouring mean?

Body contouring typically involves several different procedures. Because no two patients are ever alike, and they each have problem areas that are unique to them, Dr Beldholm makes sure that every procedure is individualised. Depending on the patient’s specific needs, any combination of the following procedures may be performed in order to provide them with the best results possible:

Tummy Tuck

This procedure sculpts the waist and stomach area to give patients a more natural-looking, youthful appearance by removing loose, overhanging skin and tightening abdominal muscles. It also improves muscle laxity at the flank and hip region.

Body Lift

This procedure corrects sagging of the abdomen, buttocks and outer thighs.  It improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin.

Inner Thigh Lift

This procedure reshapes the inner thighs by reducing excess skin and fat. This results in smoother skin and well-defined contours of the thighs and lower body.

Arm Lift

This procedure completely reshapes the underside of the arm to restore firmness, balance and symmetry. It also restores elasticity and tone to the skin.

Breast Lift

This popular procedure is most often performed on mothers following childbirth, and women who have experienced sagging due to aging or massive weight loss. It is designed to correct sagging breasts, which are quite common after dramatic weight loss.

For patients who express interest in body contouring, it’s important for them to know they may not necessarily need to undergo all of the above procedures. It is possible that the only surgeries they may need are the ones that address their specific cosmetic surgery goals. Of course, Dr Beldholm is more than happy to help them choose the procedures that will best help them achieve the results they desire.

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