Body Contouring Costs
Sometimes makeup tutorials, diet, and exercise aren’t enough to reach your body goals after a major weight loss. Typically postpregnancy, significant weight loss related to diet or bariatric surgery, tends to leave loose skin behind. Body contouring can reshape and refine your body, fine-tuning your new shape. Your surgeon will perform an in-depth examination of your body and lifestyle before recommending a particular surgical technique. So, what are the body contouring costs?
What is Body Contouring?
Body contouring is either a surgical or nonsurgical procedure that removes and tightens excess skin and dissolves fat after a major weight loss. It’s also known as body sculpting or body shaping and can be specific to a certain area of the body, therefore body contouring costs vary widely.
Surgical Body Contouring includes:
- Tummy Tuck
- Arm Lift
- Lower Body Lift
- Breast Lift
- Medial Thigh Lift
Non-Surgical Body Contouring includes:
- Lower Level Laser Therapy
- Ultrasound Waves
- Radio Frequency
- Cryolipolysis (AKA Fat Freezing)
In preparation for your consultation with your surgeon, all options should be considered. However, your surgeon will come to an educated decision based on your general health, preexisting health conditions or risk factors, your medical record and your body. She will also discuss your options and recommend the best course of treatment as well as any risks, potential complications, and body contouring costs.
Recovery and Results
Recovery time varies depending on the type of surgery performed but generally takes several months. Within the first four weeks or so, expect to feel sore and have small, thin tubes temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess blood or fluid that may have collected after surgery. Bandages and dressings may also be applied to your incisions and medications may be prescribed to you to aid healing. Your surgeon will give specific instructions on how to properly care for your incision and the purpose of your medication as well as how much is necessary for a healthy recovery.
Be sure to write down any and all questions regarding your recovery, such as:
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- What will I be responsible for after surgery?
- What do I need to do before and after the surgery to get the best results?
- What do I need to do if I’m having a complication?
- What do I do if I don’t like my results?
- How long will it take to recover?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
At home, depending on your surgery, it’s common to be instructed to avoid bending, straining, or lifting for a few weeks. Following your surgeon’s instructions is critical for proper healing!
Am I A Good Candidate?
Due to the nature of a surgical procedure, not everyone is an ideal candidate. Your surgeon will gather your results of general health, preexisting health conditions, and potential risk factors to determine if body contouring is right for you. Generally, these four indicators can determine if you are a good candidate for body contouring.
You have excess skin following weight loss
It can be frustrating to see sagging skin even though you’ve been putting forth the effort to lose weight. Sagging skin sometimes doesn’t respond well to diet and exercise. Body contouring procedures can remove stubborn pockets of fat or unwanted skin after a significant loss of weight or after pregnancy.
You have positive, realistic goals
Body contouring is a personal decision that one makes for themselves and no one else. Any internal insecurities will not be cured with body contouring.
You are a non-smoker
Smoking has a major impact on the body’s healing process. Smoking can cause circulation problems which can prevent proper healing as well as an increased chance of scars improperly healing.
You’re already near your goal weight
An ideal body contouring candidate is already within 15-20% of your goal weight. The reason being is to allow for the biggest impact and receive the best results for your body. Additionally, a candidate that maintains a healthy diet and exercises often is a great candidate due to the very important fact they will be able to maintain their results. It’s important to remember that body contouring is not a weight-loss method but a body-sculpting method.
Body Contouring Costs
Depending on the type of surgery that works best for your body, the cost of body contouring can vary. Factors such as the location of the area you’d like sculpted: is the area big or small? Is it easily accessible? Also, consider your surgeon. What is her experience? Is she in a large or small city?
Other body contouring costs to consider:
- Hospital or surgical costs
- Anesthesia fees
- Medical tests
- Prescription medication
- Surgeon’s fee
- Post-surgery garments
Health insurance plans may not cover body contouring surgery but many plastic surgeons offer financing plans. Be sure to ask your trusted local surgeon if this is something she offers.
Are you wondering if you’re a good candidate for body contouring surgery? Contact Dr. Finkel today for a consultation!