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Body Contouring in Houston, TX

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what is 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. 

Am I a candidate for body contouring?

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.

how is body contouring performed?

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.

what are the side effects of body contouring?

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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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.

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