Body contouring improves shape and tone by removing excess fat and skin. Body contouring surgery encompasses a number of different body sculpting techniques used to reshape almost any area of the body.

What is body contouring surgery?

Body contouring, frequently performed after major weight loss, improves shape and tone by removing excess fat and skin. Body contouring surgery encompasses a number of different body sculpting techniques used to reshape almost any area of the body.

Liposuction is the traditional method for body contouring and is best suited for small, isolated deposits of fat without a lot of excess skin. Depending on the areas in question, there are a variety of body contouring procedures that may be recommended to help further improve the body's shape after losing a significant amount of weight including:

At Penn Medicine, our plastic surgeons use the latest techniques in body sculpting individualized to your specific needs and priorities.

Who is a Good Candidate for Body Contouring?

In general, good candidates for body contouring are:

  • Adults of any age whose weight loss has been stable for at least one year
  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that might impair healing or increase surgery risks
  • Individuals with positive and realistic goals who are committed to a healthy lifestyle

It is also important to note that body contouring procedures are considered cosmetic surgery and as a result not covered by insurance. 

What to Expect in Body Contouring Surgery

Bariatric patients often have complex health issues. After carrying extra weight, many have developed diabetes, heart failure and other chronic conditions.

These existing conditions can mean that more time is needed to heal after surgery and some patients may be more prone to infection. Our surgeons carefully review each patient's needs and goals to provide the best guidance available.

Risks and Outcomes of Body Contouring Surgery

Every type of surgery has risks, but you can reduce the possibility of complications by carefully following all instructions before and after the procedure. The most common post-surgical problems are infections and scarring. Each, when identified and treated early, can be managed successfully.

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