When you lose extensive weight through lifestyle changes or bariatric surgery, the results can change your life. The health benefits alone may even save your life. However, if excess skin remains, you run the risk of rashes, discomfort and infection. Not only that, but you may not be entirely satisfied with how your new self looks after all your effort.
Encompassing a variety of body sculpting techniques, body contouring improves shape and tone by removing excess fat and skin from almost anywhere on the body. Patients often schedule it after major weight loss, and our plastic surgeons use the latest techniques individualized to your goals and priorities.
Ideal body contouring candidates include:
- Adults whose weight loss has remained stable for at least one year
- Generally healthy people whose medical conditions won’t impair healing or increase surgery risks
- People committed to a healthy lifestyle
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What to expect before, during and after a body contouring procedure
You’ll start by speaking with your surgeon about your specific goals. From there, your surgeon will tailor a body contouring plan to meet your expectations. Procedures may include liposuction, tummy tuck, breast lift, arm or thigh lift. Together, you’ll develop a plan that works for what you envision for yourself.
Once you schedule your surgery, you’ll receive instructions on how to prepare and help your surgery go smoothly, including any foods, drinks and medications to avoid. Typically, body contouring procedures take place under general anesthesia.
Following surgery, you’ll wear compression bandages to support your new contours through the healing process. Your care team will check in with you throughout the healing process to make sure your recovery is going smoothly. Discomfort plays a role in the recovery process, but it can be managed through medications your surgeon prescribes.
Body contouring costs
The cost of body contouring varies based on your specific treatment goals and other services you may also undergo. Your surgeon will discuss your body contouring costs with you during your consultation.
Body contouring procedure risks
Body contouring surgery, like all surgery, comes with a risk of complications. Due to pre-existing conditions, some patients may be more prone to infection. Bariatric surgery patients in particular often have complex health issues that may mean they need more time to heal after surgery.
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Your surgeon and care team will check in with you throughout the healing process and are always available to answer any of your concerns.