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Body Contouring – Surgical and Non-surgical procedures [VIDEO]

Body contouring can be achieved through plastic surgery as well as innovative non-surgical approaches to make a person appear more attractive and youthful. Dr. Suzanne Quardt is an experienced plastic surgeon providing this treatment to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding areas.

Aesthetic goals with body contouring may be achieved through a single cosmetic surgery procedure such as liposuction, or a combination of surgical and non-surgical treatments. Patients who are keen to avoid surgical options may still achieve fat reduction in specific areas of the body through unique non-invasive treatments such as CoolSculpting.

Need for Body Contouring

Patients with stable and moderate body weight are usually outstanding and fantastic candidates for body contouring, if they are bothered by the appearance of specific fat pockets or loose skin in certain areas. These conditions may not respond easily to diet and exercise. Fat deposits may occur not only due to a fat-rich diet or lack of exercise, but also due to hereditary and other factors. Similarly, loose skin may occur following weight loss, pregnancy, sun exposure, or other causes.

In all such cases, the cosmetic surgeon may recommend body contouring as an effective aesthetic solution to restore a more attractive appearance. Significant improvement in shape and proportion of the body can be achieved with body contouring plastic surgery procedures. Typical areas of the body that can be treated effectively with various body contouring techniques include the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, neck, back, hips, thighs, buttocks, flanks, knees, and ankles.


As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Q may recommend liposuction to suitable candidates in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas who are looking for reduction of unwanted fat deposits in specific, localized areas of the body. Liposuction is an effective surgical approach to treat stubborn fat pockets in areas such as the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, neck, back and arms. Liposuction cosmetic surgery procedure may be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the circumstances of the case.

The surgeon will begin the procedure by making tiny incisions in the targeted areas, through which a slender tube or cannula is inserted to loosen up the deep layers of fat. Once the unwanted fat is dislodged, a syringe or suction vacuum is used to suction out the fat. The incisions are closed with sutures or skin adhesives. Enhanced body contour becomes visible as the swelling and bruising in the treated area resolves over a few days.


If the patient is not keen to undergo a body contouring procedure with a cosmetic surgeon, an innovative non-invasive solution called CoolSculpting may be adopted. This treatment has become quite popular in recent years because of its inherent benefits in terms of safe, effectiveness, and no downtime involved.

Unlike laser or heat based fat reduction or skin tightening techniques, CoolSculpting uses an innovative cooling process to freeze off unwanted fat cells. The procedure employs a patented technique called cryolipolysis. It allows an individual to gain a slimmer and more even contour in a gradual and natural looking manner.

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