Body Contouring San Francisco
About Dr. Sieber
A graduate of Loyola University-Stritch School of Medicine and a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Sieber completed a five-year residency in general surgery at Loyola University Medical Center before going on to complete an additional three-year residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Sieber went on to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has done thousands of Cosmetic and Reconstructive surgeries over the last 6 years of practice.
What is Body Contouring?
Body contouring, or body sculpting, can help eliminate fat, re-shape areas of your body and tighten skin. Surgical options include Tummy tucks, lifts and liposuction. Surgery has more risks and longer recovery, but it usually provides more noticeable results.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Patients who are good candidates for body contouring procedures should be in good general health and have maintained their goal weight for at least six months. This is because weight fluctuations could negatively impact the surgical outcome.
A consultation with Dr. David Sieber can help determine whether you’re a good candidate, and together you can develop a plan for addressing the loose skin that’s left around your body. Because patients with several areas of excess skin won’t be able to have surgeries on each area all at once for safety reasons, Dr. Sieber will help to determine the best plan of action based on your body and lifestyle.
The goal is to prioritize the areas that bother you the most and safely combine surgeries that work well together. The end result is a bodily transformation that will reflect the inner transformation you’ve already undergone.*
My surgery was long and complex but I was in good hands. I felt 100% supported after surgery with constant communication with Sieber office staff and himself.
Love coming to Dr Siebers office! Everyone is so knowledgeable, friendly and professional. The fact that Dr Sieber teaches AND continues to learn from the top surgeons around the world so he can provide his clients the best in all aspects of his specialty is incredibly reassuring and praiseworthy!
The dedication and passion that Dr Sieber and everyone in his office have for their craft is amazing. I love that I’m treated as a person and not a patient. They truly care about each person and I will be forever grateful to everyone.
Dr. Sieber is amazing. From the initial consultation to after care, the experience has been great. His support staff is super nice and professional. Their way of interacting with me made me feel comfortable and confident with my surgery decision.
Body Contouring Technique
During your consultation Dr. Sieber will have discussed with you the procedures necessary to achieve your aesthetic goals. These procedures may include:
In most of these procedures, large incisions are cut into the skin, the excess skin is removed completely and then the skin is pulled tight to its new position.
All-over body contouring can be a time-consuming process. While some surgeries can be combined, such as procedures to address saggy breasts and loose abdominal skin, body contouring usually requires several surgeries spread out over time because patients should be under anesthesia for no longer than 5 to 6 hours at a time due to the increased risk of complications.
Additionally, certain procedures will also include liposuction to remove nagging pockets of fat that aren’t affected by diet or exercise. This can lengthen the surgery and add time to recovery as well.
Body Contouring Before and After
Scarring After Body Contouring Surgery
The reality of body contouring surgeries after massive weight loss is that they necessitate removing large amounts of excess skin, which is why many body contouring patients are especially concerned with scarring.
When patients consider the alternative, which is saggy skin that is emotionally tough to deal with, can interfere with exercise and make daily life more difficult, the trade-off is absolutely worth it. Although there may be scars, patients who undergo body contouring surgery experience improvements in comfort and self-confidence that can last a lifetime.*
That being said, Dr. Sieber understands the unique emotional effect of weight-loss related loose skin, so he employs several strategies to ensure the best possible scar outcome. For example, whenever possible, Dr. Sieber will place the scars in the most inconspicuous areas of the body that can be concealed by clothing. He also uses the finest incision lines possible, and offers his patients a post-operative scar therapy program which can help to reduce the appearance of scars.*
The placement and appearance of scars, the sequence of surgeries, and the addition of liposuction will all be discussed in detail with Dr. Sieber during your consultation. Any additional concerns or questions you have, right up to your surgery date, will also be addressed.
Preparing for Body Contouring Surgery
Surgery is intensive and requires an enormous amount of healing over long periods of time, especially in the case of those who need multiple surgeries. That’s why it’s important to prepare your body so that you can optimize the healing process.
Contouring is a major surgery, so you should consult with your primary care physician and discontinue medications and supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding. These should be stopped, with your primary doctor’s permission, two weeks before surgery. If you’re unsure, consult with Dr. Sieber with any questions.
Recovery from Body Contouring Surgery
Depending on the specific procedure you’re having, Dr. Sieber may decide that it is necessary to place a temporary drain under the skin. Although a drain can feel like a nuisance, it helps to reduce the accumulation of fluid in the areas where skin was removed and will aid in healing. The drain is typically removed within the first week after surgery.
You will need to wear a compression garment at all times for the first couple of months after your procedure. This helps to reduce swelling, as well as protecting your incision and reducing fluid accumulation.
Particularly with extensive procedures, you will feel very sore and uncomfortable for at least the first few days, and strenuous activity will be off-limits for at least several weeks until your body is adequately healed.
Continue eating a healthy, nutrient-rich diet, and be sure that you don’t allow how you might be feeling to impact your recovery. Some patients, feeling bored or tired during their recovery may be inclined to eat unhealthy snacks. Other patients find their appetite for food is not strong after body contouring surgery, and may not be eating enough nutritious, high-protein food to heal properly. Therefore it’s important to be mindful of nutrition and to continue eating healthy foods so that the body has the fuel it needs.
Body Contouring cost in San Francisco
Each person’s situation is unique, so for an accurate price quote, an in-person consultation with Dr. Sieber is necessary so that he can examine you, discuss your concerns and determine exactly which procedures he recommends. For many people who have had dramatic weight loss, loose skin is truly everywhere on their body, so several surgeries are usually needed.
The cost of body contouring in San Francisco Bay area can vary widely depending on the type of equipment, the length of the procedure, and other factors. Health insurance plans may not cover body contouring surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m still trying to lose weight. Should I have body contouring to get to my goal weight?
Body contouring is not a weight-loss surgery. While you may lose some weight if you have an extensive amount of extra skin, or if your procedure includes liposuction, the best time to have body contouring (or any post weight-loss surgery) is when you’ve reached your goal weight and have maintained it for at least six months.
Will my scars be noticeable after surgery?
Each person is different and the formation of scars has a genetic component to it and depends on the quality and look of your skin before surgery; some people scar more easily than others. Typically body contouring procedures involve removing large amounts of skin so you should have realistic expectations and understand that although Dr. Sieber does his best to create the smallest scars possible as well as conceal them in hard to see places, you may still have visible scars when wearing certain garments.
Can I just have one surgery and be done with it?
Because body contouring is very involved, it takes quite a long time to perform. It’s unsafe for the total surgery time to exceed five hours, so surgical body contouring must be done in segments and broken into multiple procedures over time. This reduces the risk of post-operative complications from surgery and anesthesia. Additionally, the recovery process can be a long and painful one, so it’s better to be strategic with the order of surgeries and focus all of your healing efforts on one or two areas at a time.
Can I pick which area to operate on first?
The ideal place to start depends on a number of factors, including which area bothers you the most, how much time you can take off work for recovery, and the cost of the procedure. Dr. Sieber will work with you to go over your options during your initial consultation. You may find that after speaking with the doctor, a different area than the one bothering you the most will be better to start with from a strategic standpoint.
How much skin will be removed?
The total weight of the skin removed will depend entirely on the patient. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sieber will examine you to determine where on your body you’ll have skin removed.
Does Body Contouring work?
Body contouring can help you eliminate fat and shape areas of your body when diet and exercise aren’t working. Being at your ideal weight improves quality of the results with lower complications.
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*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results.