What is body contouring?
The surgeons of Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, Florida offer body contouring to patients looking to improve their body proportions and acquire a smooth look and feel to the skin. Body contouring is a popular method used to help patients achieve the look they desire when dieting and exercise is not enough. This treatment method focuses on areas of the body, such as abdomen or the back, that may give you a hard time when trying to smooth out folds and diminish fat deposits. Body contouring is often paired with other procedures to give optimal results. Our experienced surgeons will work closely with you to discuss your needs as well as the many ways this procedure can be of benefit to you.
How is body contouring performed?
Body contouring surgery can reshape, tighten and rejuvenate almost any area of the body, creating a newer, sleeker contour. In many cases, liposuction will be included during surgery. Common areas addressed include the neck, arms, breasts, abdomen, hips, buttocks, knees and thighs. During the initial consultation, the areas of the body that cause concern will be assessed and a surgery plan will be discussed. Some procedures may be combined into one surgery. For some individuals, in order to achieve the desired results, multiple surgeries may need to be staged over time.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AND AFTER body contouring?
All body contouring procedures are performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The duration of the surgery and the time spent in the hospital will depend on what surgery was performed, as well as how many were combined. While the recovery can be somewhat trying, the majority of patients feel that a new, tighter body is worth it. Patients will notice marked improvement with sagging features, as well as see a smoother skin appearance. Patients should adhere to a healthy lifestyle, and limit sun exposure so the surgical results are not compromised.
Body Contouring FAQ
How Many body contouring Procedures can I have?
During the consultation, the surgeon will assess the overall physical health of the patient to determine what procedures should be performed, and how many in a single setting. Depending how many body parts will be addressed, as well as the extent of the surgeries, certain procedures will be grouped together. In many cases, the upper body will be addressed in one surgery and the lower in another. Staging the procedures helps to reduce the risk of complications such as blood loss and infection, as well as minimize the length of time it takes to recover.
Should I get body contouring after weight loss?
Body contouring is very common among weight loss patients. Most plastic surgeons will want the patient to be at or as close to their goal weight as possible. Patients who find it difficult to lose additional pounds because of loose and hanging skin can usually move forward with a skin reduction or body contouring procedure. This takes them over the “hump” and allows them to become more mobile which helps lose the final pounds.
Is body contouring the Same as a Mommy Makeover?
In some degree, yes. A mommy makeover simply groups together certain body contouring procedures to address the most common body parts affected by pregnancy. This usually entails the breast, abdomen, hips and buttocks. While body contouring itself can apply to many other areas on the body, a mommy makeover typically only addresses the areas affected by pregnancy, childbirth and nursing.
Will I have scars after body contouring?
Some body contouring procedures will result in scarring. However, the surgeon will make every effort possible to minimize these scars. In most cases, they will be hidden under bathing suit garments and within the natural folds of the skin. Some scarring may be evident, but these will lighten over time. Most patients feel the results of a body contouring procedure are worth it and the scars become secondary.
Body Contouring Reviews
"Brachioplasty - phase II - Next step in the journey! After weight loss surgery and losing 170lbs I had my lower body lift. Now on to phase II, shaping up the sagging skin on my arms. Here we go! Surgery day was 9/29. I'll post some "pre" pics and then document the recovery. As I write this I am on day 4 of recovery so off the pain meds since day 2. It's more "uncomfortable" than painful since I have to keep my arms up. Still lots swelling but I see where I'm heading!"- B. / RealSelf / Oct 02, 2020
What is the Expected Cost of body contouring?
The price for a body contouring procedure will fluctuate. The final cost will be based on the extent of the surgery, how many techniques were combined and how many days are required in the hospital. During the initial consultation, a tailored surgical plan will be created and the costs will be outlined.