About Body Contouring
You can achieve balanced proportions through a body contouring procedure at Plastic Surgery of Houston. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jay Shenaq, approaches body contouring procedures with the goal of bringing symmetry to your proportions to create a harmonious fit with the lifestyle you desire. Advances in the medical field have allowed body contouring surgery to achieve impressive results, which can be very transformative for the patient. During body contouring surgery, excess skin is eliminated, small amounts of stubborn fat are removed with liposuction, and the underlying muscles and tissues are tightened before the remaining skin is pulled taut and stitched back together. Body contouring is a specialized combination of lift surgeries at Plastic Surgery of Houston that provides patients a youthful appearance. It is common to have several areas on the body that droop or sag due to weight loss, aging, genetics, and other factors.
"I met Dr Shenaq when my best friend had breast cancer. He took so much time to carefully explain the procedure to her. I was so impressed with this surgeon that when I came down with breast cancer in my left breast I immediately made my appointment with Dr. Shenaq. I had a double skin sparing mastectomy with reconstruction, and yes this plastic surgeon did a phenomenal job! Dr. Shenaq and his staff took such good care of me, they are very understanding, and really care about you. I could not be happier with the outcome of my surgery. Westside surgical center is where my surgery took place. If you want phenomenal patient care, this is the place to be. Dr. Shenaq with his particular care, really made me look and feel good about myself quickly."- L.M. / Yelp / Nov 03, 2015
"Dr. Shenaq and his staff have been a Godsend! Dr. Shenaq is doing my reconstruction surgery after a cancer diagnosis. He has been awesome! On my first visit he consulted with my husband and I until we had no more questions or concerns. He made sure I understood what was being done throughout the entire process. He answered all of my questions. He has been comforting, professional, extremely competent and the reconstruction looks fantastic! It is a work of art! It is more than I ever expected!His staff is so warm, caring and kind as well as professional! These ladies rock!I came here very frightened and insecure and now I am confident and very grateful because of the experience I have had. I am so happy I came here and I would encourage anyone who needs reconstruction to come to Dr. Shenaq! You will not be disappointed."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Dec 13, 2017
"Dr. Shenaq is a great doctor! Have been very pleased with how things turned out after my surgery. He is good at answering questions and making sure you get the care you deserve. His staff is also fantastic and will do as much as possible for your care! Really glad I went to Dr. Shenaq for my surgery."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 28, 2017
"Dr. Shanaq performed breast reconstruction surgery associated with my breast cancer surgery for stage 0 breast cancer (DCIS). The results were amazing; stitches healed well & quickly with care regime prescribed. The follow-through by Dr. Shanaq & nurse Brenda wad most impressive. I would gladly recommend him to anyone I know seeking plastic surgery."- L.A. / Facebook / Nov 22, 2017
"I came highly recommended from Dr. White to Dr. Shenaq. When I called Dr. Shenaq's office, Marcie answered the phone. I asked, "do you have a minute to talk", I spent probably 45 minutes on the phone with her and was never put on hold. I told her I had breast cancer, had a bilateral mastectomy and had gone through TWO reconstruction surgeries and was still not right. That I looked deformed, and I did. Marcie let me cry practically through our whole conversation. I proceeded to tell her that I had consulted 2 other plastic surgeons and they told me "it's not that bad", "you're lucky to be alive" and I was about to give up hope until a friend referred my to Dr. White, and his staff was knowledgeable enough to refer me to Dr. Shenaq and I didn't know what to do and did she think that Dr. Shenaq would see me. Not only did she express her sympathy, she gave me an appointment date within a week! I had no idea I would get in that quickly to a Doctor that had come so highly recommended. I made my 8 hour drive with such hope and happiness in my heart. Only to find that the best was yet to come.Dr. Shenaq is such a calming Doctor! He looked at me and came up with a plan. He stayed with me for an hour, yes AN HOUR, discussing what he thought should be done, but he said, "more importantly, what would you like to see after surgery, I need to know what is in your mind of expectations so I can put them with my expectations"! Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had the best Doctor in my eyes to to my mastectomy, the best Oncologist, and thought I had the best reconstruction Doctor, until now! Before surgery, he asked me again, "let's make sure we both are on the same way of thinking on what you want to see"! Dr. Shenaq kept me in the hospital after surgery to make sure I had the best care, that was October 18th, I started out seeing him every week for my post op visits, none of which were ever rushed. When I go see Dr. Shenaq, I feel I am his only patients, even though I see other patients, none of whom I ever saw wait very long, so that tells me he schedules appointments to allow quality time with each patient. I am now on my second two week post op visits. I feel so whole and complete. Dr. Shenaq and his staff have provided me with so much confidence! He had a lot of work to do one me, I didn't even have any bruising! He is remarkable! I actually look forward to the 8 hour drive to go see Dr. Shenaq and his staff! I am so happy with him and would encourage every woman to seek Dr. Shenaq out if you need reconstruction of any kind, but especially after a mastectomy!Lisa"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 21, 2017
Body contouring is performed to tighten, reshape, and contour areas of the body that you are not able to change naturally with diet and exercise. Areas that are most often treated include the arms, breasts, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, knees, and flanks. It is also performed on the face and neck. The ideal timing for body contouring is about a year after significant weight loss to allow the body to heal as much as possible on its own and ensure your weight remains stable. The plastic surgeon considers patient health, body areas, and other factors to ensure the patient will receive the best results. Body contouring is best for patients who are not planning future pregnancies, as the effect of the surgical toning will be minimized.
What to Expect
The overall surgical technique varies for each unique patient case. Traditionally, body contouring includes removing extra skin and reshaping the underlying tissue with minor liposuction to remove small pockets of fat. The duration of the surgery will depend on the case, and a hospital stay may be required to ensure a safe recovery. To minimize infection and avoid overwhelming the body's healing process, the surgeon may group the chosen procedures together into one single surgery or into two or more surgeries. Procedures are grouped and timed according to each patient’s personalized surgical plan. This staging reduces the overall surgical risk of complications. Most patients find that the recovery from this surgery is challenging, but visible improvements are likely seen early on to increase self-confidence in most patients, making the surgery well worth the effort.
Like other major surgeries, body contouring will cause some scarring. The skilled body contouring plastic surgeon will consider scarring carefully in the overall surgical plan and place surgical incisions in less visible areas or in natural folds of the body. Post-surgical care and topical solutions for scar management are also provided to result in a quicker, healthier healing process. Most scars fade and blend with natural skin tone as time passes.
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Get Your Dream Body
The body of your dreams can now be a reality with body contouring surgery. We will help you customize the treatment plan that can transform sagging, unattractive skin to a taut, toned body that you'll want to show off. Contact us today for more information and to schedule your consultation.