What is Back Contouring?
Back contouring encompasses a range of cosmetic procedures designed to sculpt and enhance the back's appearance. Tailored to individual needs, these procedures address issues like excess fat, loose skin, and lack of definition. By reshaping the natural contours of the back, it aims to achieve a more aesthetically appealing and balanced physique.
Back liposuction requires optimizing the overall aesthetical look of your lower, middle, and upper backside especially when utilizing high definition liposuction protocols.
The topic of back contouring requires addressing the overall aesthetical look of your lower, middle, and upper back. To achieve optimum contour, knowledge of the aesthetics of the human back is crucial.
What are the Benefits of Back Contouring?
The benefits of back contouring are multifaceted. It significantly improves body image and self-esteem by creating a more proportionate and toned back. This enhancement often leads to greater comfort in clothing and a boost in confidence. Additionally, it can correct imbalances caused by weight fluctuations or aging, contributing to a more youthful and fit appearance.
What is High Definition Back Contouring?
High Definition Back Contouring elevates traditional techniques by focusing not only on fat removal but also on sculpting the back to eliminate skin excess and accentuate muscular definition. This procedure is particularly suited for individuals seeking dramatic improvement of the back and an athletic back profile, as it emphasizes the natural musculature and contours of the back.
One of the keys to high definition back contouring is the narrowing of the waistline achieved by removing fat in the love handles and flanks. Removal of this fat is challenging with traditional liposuction techniques because this fat is very fibrotic. The fat in the flank region has superficial, middle, and deep fat rather than just superficial and deep fat. The middle and superficial fat of the back are very fibrous and tethered by retaining ligaments that make fat removal difficult with traditional techniques. Fortunately, 90+% of this fat can be removable with VASER high definition liposuction.
Creating an exaggerated back arch characterized by the Tilde curve “~” is critical to achieving an aesthetically desirable lipo result. Please review back curves created in patients presented to appreciate the transformations possible using the “Tilde” curve concept below:
How Does VASER Liposuction Help Back Contouring?
VASER liposuction is the mainstay of high definition liposution technique utilizing ultrasound waves to liquefy fat before removal. It's especially beneficial for back contouring due to its precision in targeting fat deposits that are intertwined with connective tissue while preserving surrounding tissues. This results in less bruising and swelling, promoting a smoother contour and quicker recovery.
How Does Renuvion Skin Tightening Help Back Contouring?
Renuvion skin tightening uses advanced technology to contract and tighten the skin. After fat removal, this technique is instrumental in achieving a firm and youthful appearance of the back. It's particularly effective in addressing skin laxity, ensuring that the skin conforms smoothly to the new contours. Renuvion skin tightening is most helpful in eliminating moderate bra rolls and moderate prominence of the flank region since appropriate elimination of the fat will result in significant skin excess.
What are the Benefits of High Definition Back Contouring?
Beyond traditional fat removal, High Definition Back Contouring offers enhanced body sculpting. It meticulously shapes the back to not only remove the fat but eliminate redundant skin and reveal underlying musculature, ideal for those desiring a more defined and athletic back. This technique can transform the back into a symbol of fitness and strength.
Finally, superior back contouring requires management of upper, middle, and lower back skin redundancy. When present, skin redundancy can cause “back rolls” that may compromise aesthetic results. Fortunately, VASER liposuction alone usually creates enough retraction of the skin to eliminate back rolls. However, if moderate skin redundancy is present, other steps need to be taken; in the case of moderate skin redundancy, Renuvion subdermal coagulation can tighten skin further and eliminate back rolls. In the case of more extensive skin redundancy, an upper body lift and lateral thigh and buttocks tucking procedures should is worthy of consideration.
What is the Back Lift Procedure?
The back lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat, and can be classified into:
Upper Back Lift
- The upper Back Lift targets the upper to mid-back region, addressing issues like "bra bulge:" or "bra rolls". When these rolls are extensive, then they cannot be accommodated by Renuvion skin tightening thus necessitating an excisional surgery to smoothen the area beneath the shoulder blades.
Lower Back Lift (Buttock Tuck)
- The lower back lift or buttock tuck focuses on the lower back and upper buttocks, enhancing the transition area and improving overall contour and shape. This excisional surgery is advocated in two particular cases. The first involves extensive lower back and flank excess that cannot be accommodated by Renuvial skin tightening following removal of the fat. In this scenario, excision of the skin excess is essential to establish a smooth transition between the snatched waist that is maximally narrowed and the prominent buttock and hip region. The second scenario is to address buttock skin redundancy and sagging that cannot be accommodated with fat transfer only. Massive weight loss patients are most prone to this concern since they observe deflation of their buttock cheeks and subsequent sagging.
How is Recovery after Back Contouring?
Recovery time and protocols vary based on the extent of the procedure. It typically involves several weeks of reduced activity, with special care to avoid strain on the treated area. Post-operative guidelines, including wearing compression garments and attending follow-up appointments, are crucial for a successful recovery and optimal results.
What Kind of Results Can You Expect After Back Contouring?
Patients can anticipate a more refined back profile with a visible reduction in excess fat and skin. The full effects of the procedure are best seen after the recovery period when swelling and bruising have subsided, revealing a smoother, more toned back.
How Much Does Back Contouring Cost?
The cost of back contouring varies widely. Factors influencing the price include the type of procedure, the surgeon's experience, geographical location, and the specific needs of the patient. It's important for patients to understand all potential costs, including pre-and post-operative care, to make an informed decision. Following your initial consultation for your body contouring procedure, your cosmetic or plastic surgeon will create a customized surgical plan that includes the elimination of excess tissue comprised of fat and skin.
History of Back Contouring
Back lipo was originally performed at major cosmetic health centers such as the Mayo Clinic Health Center and Sydney Cosmos Clinic. This is because back liposuction can be quite bloody when using traditional liposuction techniques. The increase in blood loss stems from the fact that the back of the body can be quite fibrous and possess a higher density of vessels. Naturally, the act of liposuction, especially traditional or even Laser technologies, would result in excess bleeding. As such, back liposuction was reserved for more acute care centers.
However, with the advent of tumescent solution protocols and even more recently VASER technology, bleeding has been minimized. Today, patients are able to undergo safe abdomen, arms, back, and even thigh liposuction, termed 360 lipo, in a single surgery at outpatient centers. VASER acts to free up the fat cells from neighboring vessels minimizing blood loss. As such, larger volume liposuction can be tolerated even in the setting of performing other ancillary services such as breast surgery or even a rhinoplasty, i.e. nose surgery! In summary, today's back liposuction patients may take advantage of the safety benefits that VASER liposuction and high definition body contouring protocols.
High Definition Back Contouring Protocol
We presented our experience using VASER liposuction and Renuvion technology through our High Definition Back Contouring protocol to eliminate back rolls. This article discusses how we eliminated single, double, and even triple back rolls with these novel tools. Our article was published in The Aesthetic Surgery Journal a peer review journal in 2020 and describes the application of these combined surgeries and provides a case series of expected results. Please refer to the article to get the full details.