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.
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.
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.