A new wave of plastic surgeries coming our way includes three procedures that involve automatic upgrades to the norm. Belly buttons, abdominal thread and calves reduction are all under the umbrella of ‘Body Movin’’..
Normally, a tummy tuck or a mommy makeover are very popular procedures which end up sometimes sabotaging the way the belly button looks. However, stand-alone umbilicoplasty is trending as patients continue to find small areas of their bodies to tinker with and perfect. It’s not just about turning an outie into an innie. Most of the belly button surgeries are on those who have had a tummy tuck with another doctor and are left with visible scarring, or their belly button has an odd, or “operated-on” look.
As for those who look for an extra tighter tummy, yet are not qualified for tummy tucks or mommy makeovers, there’s a nonsurgical option being explored that involves the same polydioxanone (PDO) threads used in thread lifts for the face. Abdominal thread lifts are essentially retention sutures, which are placed into the lower, mid or upper abdomen to lift tissue. The in-office procedure takes about one hour and is performed under local anesthetic.
Moving to the legs, in order to slenderize the legs, calf reduction is actually a thing. Excess fat on the calves may result in the appearance of ‘cankles’— being a bit shorter can also make the calves appear thicker. Liposuction can be performed in order to trim them down to the patient’s goal size. Excision techniques may also be needed for the removal of excess tissue. To make calves look smaller without surgery uses Botox Cosmetic to reshape, doctors target the back of the lower leg, the gastrocnemius muscles, to slim the calves and help patients fit into their favorite boots or feel more confident in their shorts, with results lasting up to six months.
***All the doctors included in this story mentioned how important creative, off-label use is to the medical community—and strongly stressed seeing a board-certified doctor, practicing within scope, who has vast experience and knowledge on the treatments in question. Off-label use can be safe when done by an experienced doctor who specializes in that off-label treatment; that doctor may also produce research showing efficacy of the off-label use, has been trained on the off-label use, or performs it regularly. Of course, all cosmetic treatments can have a potential risk whether on-or off-label and this is why it’s important to see a properly board-certified doctor.