About Body Contouring
The term "body contouring" is one that is regularly used in the cosmetic surgery industry to illustrate a collection of procedures that can be employed to create a more contoured figure. Those who have drastic weight loss, or whose weight has fluctuated over the years, may desire a body contouring procedure at RiverSong Plastic Surgery to minimize fat, tighten the skin, and sculpt the body. Body contouring can also be used for women and men who have found that at their age, diet and exercise are not as effective at shaping their bodies. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Sasmor performs many body contouring procedures, from abdominoplasty, liposuction, and breast lift surgery to fat transfers, laser skin tightening procedures and TruSculpt Body Contouring. The options for sculpting your new body are endless. Contact our office in Newburyport, MA to schedule your consultation.
You may be an ideal candidate for body contouring if you have sagging skin, deflated body parts (such as the breasts or buttocks), or fat in areas that are hard to lose. The abdomen, lower back, hips, flanks, and neck, for example, can each collect fat, creating unwanted bulges. Great candidates for body contouring are North Shore area women and men who are at their goal weight and want a tighter, more chiseled body.
At your consultation, Dr. Sasmor will devise a body contouring treatment plan for you. This plan can consist of both surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Surgeries, such as breast lift or augmentation, liposuction, and abdominoplasty, and circumferential body lift or liposuction usually require general anesthesia. The goal during these treatments is to reduce unsightly fat and loose skin, revealing a thinner, tighter silhouette. Nonsurgical services, such as TruSculpt, are usually performed at RiverSong Plastic Surgery without sedation.
What to Expect
If your treatment plan includes a surgical procedure, you may be sent home post op or you may be kept overnight in the hospital for monitoring. The decision for outpatient verses overnight hospitalization is based on the amout of surgery that is done. Again, time to full recuperation is a function of the number and aggressiveness of your procedures. All these issues will be discussed at your consultation. Nonsurgical services usually do not require rest or activity restriction for recovery. It is common for our patients to combine several surgical procedures on several body parts, which could require an overnight stay. Body contouring was created to reshape the body so whether you choose surgical or nonsurgical procedures or both, you will notice a thinner, trimmer silhouette and a more curvaceous physique.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does body contouring surgery cost?
Your cost for body contouring surgery will depend on what is part of your personalized treatment plan. In your consultation, Dr. Sasmor will listen to your needs and wants before performing a physical assessment. She can then give you recommendations and develop your treatment plan. After this, Dr. Sasmor will be better able to estimate costs and discuss your payment options. Riversong Plastic Surgery accepts many methods, including low-interest financing, which we can help you apply for.
Will insurance pay for my body contouring surgery?
While most cosmetic surgeries are not typically covered by insurance, there are cases where body contouring may be paid in part by your insurance. If loose skin is causing medical conditions, like chronic infections, you may be able to apply for coverage from your insurance. It will depend on your carrier and policy, but if you'd like to use your insurance, tell Dr. Sasmor during your consultation. A team member at Riversong Plastic Surgery will help you work with your insurance to maximize your coverage.
What will be part of my body contouring surgery?
The procedure in your treatment plan will be decided during your consultation with Dr. Sasmor. Procedures may be performed in stages, depending on your overall health and the number of areas being addressed. Typically, the grouping will be staged with a combination of either the upper body parts (abdomen, arms, breasts, neck, face) or lower body parts (thighs, butt, knees, hips). This staging helps reduce the risk of complications, such as blood loss, blood clots and infection. This also makes your recovery easier and faster.
Will I have scarring after my surgery?
In general, surgical body contouring will leave some scarring. Most patients discover that once the incisions heal, the scarring fades significantly and is no longer a worry as the benefits of this life-changing surgery are so great. An experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Sasmor will make every effort to hide the appearance of scars by placing the incisions in less visible areas, like the natural skin folds. Scar care management after surgery is also crucial. Topical creams and ointments may be prescribed to improve the healing process. Over time, the scars will lighten and blend in with your natural skin tone.
How long will my body contouring results last?
With proper care, the surgical results of body contouring can last for many years. To help maintain your results, you should stay at a stable weight. Significant weight changes or pregnancy after your surgery may impact your results. Natural aging will continue so you may eventually develop loose skin again as you get older. Talk to Dr. Sasmor about recommendations that may help your results last.
Redefine Your Shape
If you desire a sexier shape, more appropriate sized breasts, less bulges, or a tighter tummy, body contouring at RiverSong Plastic Surgery can help you achieve the shape you want. Contact our Newburyport, MA practice and schedule a consultation. We can discuss your goals and construct a custom plan just for you. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice.