After all of the money you’ve likely put into your weight loss achievements so far, it can be difficult to start thinking about the body contouring cost that will come with the second stage of your journey.
Weight loss is such hard work. Whether you went the surgical route or made lifestyle changes, it requires relentless persistence, dedication, and time. If you’ve come this far, first and foremost: Congratulations! Your achievement is truly something to be proud of.
But don’t stop there. So many men and women who have achieved their weight loss goals are suddenly faced with the challenge of loose skin, separated abdominal muscles, and pockets of stubborn fat that just won’t budge no matter how hard they exercise or how consistently they exercise.
Body contouring procedures are often the only reliable solution to these issues. With body contouring, we can lift, smooth, flatten, and spot reduce — basically whatever part of the body you want.
Where on the Body Is Body Contouring Performed?
Most commonly, body contouring procedures focus on the abdomen, flanks, back, buttocks, and hips, giving these areas a more balanced and toned appearance. But you may choose to tighten loose skin elsewhere as well.
For example, we can perform an arm lift to reduce excess skin and excess fat on the upper arms. Body sculpting can also be performed on the thighs, inner knees, or other areas. Ultimately, the body contouring work you undergo depends on your desires and goals — and to some extent, your anatomy and health limitations, where applicable.
How Much Does Body Contouring Cost?
We cannot give you an exact cost estimate for this surgery. However, we can tell you that more than any other factor, the cost of your body contouring procedure will rest on which procedures you decide on. And this will largely depend on what body areas you are most concerned with and your overall budget.
Body contouring can include a lot of different procedures — from a tummy tuck or liposuction to breast lift or breast reduction surgery. Typically, body lifts (upper body lifts, lower body lifts, upper arm lifts, etc.) will be utilized to lift, smooth, and tighten the midsection and surrounding areas. Excess skin will be excised, and we can use liposuction to remove excess fat cells.
The surgery is catered to you, so we’ll work with you to find what procedures will combine best to help you achieve your goals. Other factors that will influence the cost of your surgery include:
- Surgeon’s fees: Your surgeon will charge his or her own unique fees for their services. Some surgeons include all fees and costs for everything from the consultation appointment to hospital fees and compression garments in this cost, but others will itemize everything, so be sure to ask about this. Most surgeons will base their fees on their own unique skills and training, specialties, overall reputation and demand for care, geographic location, and similar factors.
- Hospital fees: Every surgical facility or hospital will charge a unique amount to use their operating rooms, staff, equipment, and supplies.
- Anesthesia: General anesthesia, which is typically required for body contouring surgery, tends to cost more than local anesthesia. Your anesthesiologist will charge their own fees based on the amount of time you are in surgery and what overall treatment they must provide as well.
- After surgery costs: Once surgery is complete, you may have additional expenses for pain and other medications, speciality beds or chairs, support pillows, compression garments and abdominal binders, food service or delivery services, in-home care, pet care or childcare, and more. You may also need to factor in wage losses for time taken off from work.
FAQ: Body Contouring Surgery Cost & More
How much does non surgical body contouring cost?
Those who do not need to remove excess fat or skin in significant amounts may benefit from skin tightening and toning procedures that are non surgical or non invasive.
Although these procedures are not as impactful as surgical procedures such as tummy tuck surgery or body lifts, they can be effective for select patients. Book a consultation to get an accurate price quote on surgical and operating room fees etc.
How much does it cost to sculpt your body with liposuction?
This depends. If you have only small pockets of excess fat that are troubling you, only liposuction may be required. For more extreme body contouring that requires loose skin removal, you may need body lifts, tummy tucks, or other more invasive procedures alongside liposuction.
Liposuction only will cost less than these procedures. But you must book a consultation appointment to know for sure the final cost of your surgery.
How painful is body contouring?
The procedure itself will not be painful because you will be under general anesthesia. However, patients should expect to experience some pain and discomfort during the body contouring recovery period. Pain medication can be prescribed to hep reduce soreness and keep you more comfortable as you heal.
How long do body contouring results last?
Results from the most commonly performed body contouring procedures can last for many years. However, this ultimately depends upon the patient maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle. Drastic changes in weight can often set back a patient’s results.
Will I have body contouring scars?
Yes, unfortunately. The price of your new body shape after body contouring will be some scarring. Fortunately, your surgeon will certainly do their best to hide incisions (and the resulting scars) in the natural creases and folds of the body, when possible.
Also, remember that over time, your scars should fade to match your natural skin tone. With the proper care and use of specialized scar treatments like silicone gel sheets, scars can fade and flatten significantly after several years.
Request a Consultation with Dr. David Sieber
For many patients, the idea of moving forward with body sculpting can be quite daunting. Undergoing any serious surgical procedure can make one nervous, and undergoing multiple procedures is bound increase nerves even more.
The good news is, you can always start slowly. The first step is to book a consultation appointment with a reputable board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring.
Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Sieber has helped many patients achieve the body they’ve dreamed of having after significant weight loss. He performs body contouring procedures at his San Francisco practice.
At your consultation appointment, you can discuss your goals with Dr. Sieber in a safe and welcoming environment. The two of you can go over the details of the major surgeries involved and look at body contouring before and after photos to get an idea of how you want to plan the next steps. Call today to set up your consultation — we look forward to hearing from you.