Losing weight, either through diet, exercise or surgery, is a major accomplishment and one that should make you feel proud. Unfortunately, many patients find that after massive weight loss, their clothes still don’t fit the way that they’d like because of excess skin. Even though the fat is gone, the skin still remains from a remnant of a larger you. Body contouring refers to a combination of procedures specifically designed to restore a slimmer, more youthful contour to your body by removing excess skin and fat.
Areas of the body that patients typically desire targeted during body contouring surgery are the neck, breasts, arms, torso, and thighs. Since patients with multiple areas of excess skin often won’t be able to treat them all at once for safety reasons, Dr. David Sieber will work with you to devise the best operative plan for your body and lifestyle. We all have areas of our body that make us feel self-conscious. Dr. Sieber’s goal is to prioritize those areas that bother you the most, safely combining surgeries that work well together. However, whole body transformation is a process. It will require multiple surgeries to achieve your desired result, but Dr. Sieber is there for you every step of your journey to a new you.
Body contouring surgery can improve:
- Excess skin on the neck
- Sagging breasts
- Loose, excessive skin on the upper arms
- Redundant skin on both the stomach and back
- Loose skin of the thighs
- Length: 2-5 hours (depending the treatment areas)
- Anesthesia: General
- Inpt/Outpt: Inpatient or Outpatient
- Side effects: bruising, swelling, pain/tightness
- Recovery: 1-3 weeks
To find out more about a body contouring surgery with Dr. David Sieber at Sieber Plastic Surgery call us today at: 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.
Body Contouring Technique
Because of the time involved in body contouring surgery, patients will often require an overnight stay. Although certain procedures can be performed together, such as breast and tummy, body contouring typically requires multiple surgeries, spread out over time. Since one of the goals of body contouring surgery is to remove the large amounts of excess skin, you will have long scars. It is simply the trade off for a slimmer physique. However, Dr. Sieber is extremely adept at placing the scars in areas of the body that are as inconspicuous as possible. He will also use his extensive skill as a plastic surgeon to create the finest incision lines possible.
Depending on which areas of the body are being treated, Dr. Sieber may also perform liposuction as a part of your body contouring surgery. This will be discussed with you in detail during your initial consultation.
Preparing for Body Contouring Surgery
Body Contouring surgery is intense and requires an enormous amount of healing. In order to provide your body with as much support as possible, Dr. Sieber recommends that all of his body contouring patients start a protein and vitamin regimen 1-2 months prior to surgery.
As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.
Recovery from Body Contouring Surgery
After surgery, you’ll have drains in your treatment area to help reduce the accumulation of fluid. You’ll need to wear a compression garment at all times for the first 2 months following surgery. This also helps with fluid accumulation as well as swelling. Recovery after body contouring surgery can be a long process so be patient. Eating a healthy nutrient rich and high protein diet will help the healing process. Dr. Sieber will work with you, guiding you through every step of this process.
Q: I’m still trying to lose some weight. Should I have body contouring surgery to help get the rest of the weight off?
A: The best time to have body contouring or any surgery is once you’re at a maintainable goal weight for at least 6 months.
Q: Will my scars be noticeable after surgery?
A: Everyone scars differently so it’s impossible to say, but Dr. Sieber does his best to create the finest scars possible and to conceal these scars in hard to see places.
Q: Why can’t I just have one surgery and be done with it?
A: Because body contouring surgery is very involved, it takes a long time to perform. It is not safe for the total surgery time to exceed 5 hours, so body contouring surgeries must be broken down into multiple procedures. This helps to reduce post-operative complication rates from the surgery and anesthesia.
Q: How do I know which part of my body to operate on first?
A: This has to do with any number of factors including which area bothers you the most, how much time can you take off of work for recovery, and cost. Dr. Sieber will work with you to go over all of your options during your initial consultation.