What is Body Contouring?
Dramatic weight loss or the process of aging can cause skin laxity that leaves you with sagging skin. Poor elasticity can contribute to a shapeless, displeasing appearance. If you have achieved significant weight loss, you may find that excess skin leads to painful irritation or that it hides the new body you have worked so hard to create. Undergoing a comprehensive body contouring procedure that targets multiple problem areas is preferable to scheduling several separate surgeries. A body contouring surgery package requires only one recovery period and the use of less general anesthesia, maximizing patient comfort and safety. Dr. Mendieta can combine several body contouring procedures to produce a remarkably sculpted figure and restore a firmer, slimmer body contour.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Mendieta assesses each patient’s condition and anatomy to develop a surgical plan that will achieve their aesthetic goals. The best candidates must refrain from smoking and avoid anti-inflammatory medications or herbal supplements two weeks before surgery. Body contouring can be performed to improve the appearance of the following areas:
- Hips and flanks
Body Contouring Options
Body contouring procedures are typically performed using general anesthesia and can take between four and six hours to complete. This surgery involves excising folds of stretched skin, removing excess fat deposits, and reshaping the underlying tissues to reveal a stunning shape. Each of the following surgical procedures can be performed in any combination to achieve your ideal body contouring results.
Body Contouring FAQs
During body lift surgery, a circumferential incision is created around the midsection, through which an apron of excess skin and fat is excised. This technique can be used to lift the buttocks and outer thighs as well as tighten the remaining tissues and underlying structures.
The abdominal area can be further improved by adding a tummy tuck to a body contouring procedure. This technique involves repairing weakened or damaged abdominal muscles and tightening the skin. Typically, the navel is also addressed.
To produce the best and most defined body contouring results, you may want to consider liposuction. This technique can be used to treat the areas surrounding the circumferential incision, further smoothing and sculpting the silhouette.
Bruising, swelling, and discomfort are expected after body contouring surgery. Pain can be managed with medication as prescribed by Dr. Mendieta. You will also be bandaged and dressed in the necessary compression garments, which help minimize these side effects and support the treatment areas as they heal. Drains may be inserted to collect fluid that accumulates during the initial stage of recovery. Most patients can return to work in two weeks or less, but it is imperative to avoid vigorous activities and heavy lifting for at least six weeks.
You can partake in light activity such as walking after four to six weeks of recovery. Regular exercises, including heavy lifting, may be resumed after eight weeks. Dr. Mendieta will provide you with thorough aftercare instructions that detail the specific physical limitations pertaining to your unique surgical plan.
Body Contouring FAQs
How much does body contouring cost?
The cost of body contouring surgery depends on several factors, including the extent of correction, the areas being treated, techniques used, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and geographical location. During your consultation, you will be provided with an accurate cost tailored to your body contouring procedure.
What are the risks associated with body contouring?
Experiencing severe complications following a body contouring procedure is uncommon. However, all surgeries come with risks that may include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Changes in sensation
- Abnormal reaction to anesthesia
Will I have scarring after my body contouring procedure?
The incisions used for body contouring are likely to produce visible scars. However, Dr. Mendieta carefully places the incisions in locations that can be hidden with underwear and bathing suits. Any scars are likely to fade over time, and most patients report that the overall benefits of the procedure are worth having some degree of scarring.
When will I be able to see the results of my body contouring procedure?
The effects of body contouring surgery are immediately noticeable. Your results will only continue to improve as the swelling subsides and your body adjusts to its new, enhanced shape.
How long will my body contouring results last?
Body contouring surgery is designed to deliver permanent results. While the effects are expected to be long lasting, this procedure does not halt the natural aging process or subsequent weight gain. Patients can help preserve their results by adopting a healthy, active lifestyle.