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As an elective procedure, it is completely up to you and your doctor whether or not you should consider body contouring surgery. The best way to determine if it’s right for you is to learn more about the surgery and what to expect.

Surgery During COVID-19

We’ve implemented new safety protocols for in-person appointments and procedures. We are continually evaluating patient care to improve treatment and reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Your surgeon will work with you to make the best informed decision regarding your surgery. As an additional precaution, you will be screened prior to any on-site visits. You will also receive a COVID-19 test before surgery to maximize safety.

Pre-Surgery Consultation

Before your body contouring surgery, one of our expert plastic surgeons will meet with you to learn about your goals, make sure body contouring is the right choice for you, discuss all of your options and answer any of your questions.

Your surgeon will then tailor a body contouring plan to treat the symptoms and conditions you’re experiencing and meet your goals.

The Body Contouring team will give you important instructions to follow before and after surgery and make sure you fully understand what to expect.

The Day of Surgery

During surgery, patients are placed under general anesthesia, and vital signs are carefully monitored. The plastic surgeon will make an incision in the area to be treated. The length of the incision depends on the amount and location of excess skin. At the end of the surgery, the surgeon will reconnect the skin with sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape to help close and support the skin.

Surgery may take 75 to 90 minutes under general anesthesia for one location on the body. For combined surgeries, the procedure can take up to five or six hours.

You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and provide assistance for a few days. Plan to be at the outpatient surgical center for about eight hours total, which includes the time before and after the procedure and during the procedure itself.

After Body Contouring Surgery

The time spent in the hospital recovering will depend on the type of body contouring surgery performed and how extensive the surgery is. Most patients stay in the hospital for one to two days after the procedure.

If the operation includes combined procedures, you may have a surgical drain inserted where the surgery was performed. If you have a surgical drain, you may need to stay at the hospital for anywhere from 7 to 14 days, depending on the clinical situation.

Recovery from Body Contouring Surgery

Recovery from your surgery relies a lot on your state of health before surgery and following the instructions that your care team gives you. Common problems that may occur after surgery include fluid collections and infections, but they can be managed when identified right away.

Healing can take up to a few weeks. Most people are back to work within a month to a month-and-a-half if there are no healing or swelling issues. You may be asked to modify work and other activity in the six-to-eight weeks after surgery.

In addition, you may need to wear compression garments for several months after your surgery. Compression garments help the healing process by decreasing swelling at the incision site.

Risk and Outcomes from Body Contouring Surgery

Every type of surgery has risks, which can include infection, bleeding, poor wound healing and unfavorable scarring. You can help reduce complications by carefully following all pre- and post-surgery instructions.

Your surgeon and care team will review all the potential risks and side effects specific to you and your surgery. Our plastic surgeons use the latest techniques, and whenever possible, strategically place incisions in areas that can be hidden by most types of clothing.

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