After major weight loss, the body can be left with excessive sagging of the skin. This is caused by the skin and tissue having lost its elasticity and can no longer conform to the body's change in shape. Body contouring surgery will remove the excess skin and tissue and shape the body to the desired look and smoothness. Body contouring may include other surgical procedures, such as arm lift, breast lift, neck lift, or tummy tuck surgery. Irvine cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Marguerite Bernett, will work closely with you to help you achieve the body you've always wanted.
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"It is hard to put into words how very happy I am now that I have had the Mommy Makeover. After all of the exercising and dieting I did after my last pregnancy, the loose tummy skin and drooping, smaller breasts and stubborn fat, uhhh so frustrating. So with Dr. Bernett's s t outstanding treatment and very caring manner, I feel like a new person! There is no other way to describe it. I am happy being a mom of course even before the surgery, but now I am so very happy with my improved look : )"- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 31, 2015
"I feel like a new person after my Mommy Makeover! I recently was treated by Dr. Bernett, and I couldn't be happier. After my last pregnancy my body changed a lot, not only weight gain, also drooping breast and the loose tummy skin. I did a good amount of exercise and was careful with my diet, but the drooping, and loose skin did not improve much. Plus some areas of fat are just darned stubborn! Now that those trouble areas are lifted and tightened, I truly feel so much better. Dr. Bernett really took care of me and was careful and caring all the way. Everything looks great, and I am feeling so much better !!!"- H.M. / Wellness / May 30, 2015
"I am very happy with the procedures Dr. Bernett did for me. I had a face and neck tightening procedure which removed some fat and tightened my skin. As I am getting older, I also gained a little weight. My cheeks and chin were sagging, and I was getting a double chin. Now, I look ten years younger and feel better, too! I did a laser firming treatment for my entire face and my skin looks really beautiful. Several of my colleagues from work also went to see Dr. Bernett after they saw my results and were very satisfied. She is professional, very thorough and what I really love is that she takes her time and she cares."- M.N. / Yelp / Apr 22, 2015
"I went to Dr. Bernett to have my implants replaced with smaller ones and a lift. I was never fully happy with my first results 10 years ago and felt m ..."- J.C. / Vitals / Mar 12, 2015
Body contouring is performed to allow patients to tighten, reshape, and contour areas of the body that patients are not happy with. Applicable locations include the arms, breasts, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, knees, and flanks. It is also applied to the face and neck. To minimize infection and increase the likelihood of success, surgeons typically will contemplate a variety of procedures to be grouped together into one single surgery when necessary.
The overall surgical technique varies for each unique patient case. Traditionally, body contouring includes removing extra skin and shaping the underlying tissue with liposuction to remove fat. The duration of the surgery will depend on the case, and a hospital stay may be required to ensure healing and safe recovery. Most patients find that the recovery from this surgery is challenging, but visible improvements are likely seen early on to increase self-confidence in most patients, making the surgery well worth the effort.
Factors such as hospital stay, number of procedures performed, and extent of the surgical complexity make the price vary for each individual patient. During the consultation, our dedicated team will provide a personalized surgical plan to ensure we commit to excellence in completing our patient’s goals.
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Body Contouring FAQs
Procedures I Can Combine?
Procedures are grouped and timed in steps according to each patient’s personalized surgical plan. Our doctor considers patient health, body areas, and many more implications to thoughtfully ensure the patient will receive the best results for their effort. Common procedures to be combined are grouped with either the upper body areas, or lower body areas. This staging reduces the overall surgical risk of complications.
The Ideal Timing?
The ideal timing for body contouring is after significant weight loss, or after patients have come very close to completing their targeted weight. Body contouring should be pertinent only to people who are not planning on becoming pregnant in the future, as the effect of the surgical toning will be minimized.
Mommy Makeover Procedure?
A mommy makeover is a term that labels a combination of body contouring procedures that are applied to areas of the body most affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing. This includes the breasts, abdomen, hips, thighs and buttock. In some cases, labiaplasty is also featured as a part of a mommy makeover.
Will There be Scars?
Like most major surgeries, body contouring may result in some scarring. Most patients see the scars heal and become irrelevant, as our talented surgeon attempts to hide the incisions in areas of the body not commonly visible. A skilled body contouring plastic surgeon will consider scarring carefully in the overall surgical plan, and result in placing surgical incisions inconspicuously. Post-surgical care and topical solutions are also provided to result in a quicker, healthier healing process. Scars fade and blend with natural skin tone as time passes.
Sculpt and Contour!
Get the body that you deserve with body contouring surgery. At our practice, we have extensive experience contouring and sculpting various parts of the body to achieve your desired look. With specialized tightening and skin removal techniques, we can have you looking like a new person in no time. To get started and learn more about our transformative procedures, please contact our office to schedule a consultation as soon as possible.