Questions about Body Contouring
How Many Procedures?
During the consultation, the surgeon assesses the overall physical health of the patient to determine the procedures 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 reduce recovery time.
Weight Loss and Timing?
Body contouring is common among weight loss patients. Most cosmetic surgeons 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.
Same as Mommy Makeover?
To some degree, yes. A mommy makeover simply groups certain body contouring procedures to address the body parts pregnancy commonly affects. 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.
What About Scarring?
Some body contouring procedures will result in scarring. However, the surgeon will make every effort to minimize these scars. In most cases, scars are hidden under bathing suit garments and within the natural folds of the skin. Some scarring may be evident, but will lighten over time. Most patients feel the results of a body contouring procedure are worth it and the scars become secondary.