Body Contouring – Surgical and Nonsurgical Skin Tightening Procedures – Tucson, AZ

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About Body Contouring

Let's face it: life is not easy on the body. A whole host of biological and environmental factors can undesirably affect your physical appearance. Some major contributors to this are significant weight fluctuations and aging. Thankfully, with a wide range of body contouring procedures, you can overcome the negative effects life has had on your physique and overall appearance. The term "body contouring" is one that is regularly used in the cosmetic surgery industry to describe a combination of procedures performed to create a slimmer, more desirable figure. Those who have experienced drastic weight loss, the effects of aging, or significant weight fluctuation could benefit from surgical body contouring at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery to minimize fat, tighten the skin, and sculpt the silhouette. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao performs many body contouring options for women and men, from abdominoplasty, liposuction, and breast lift surgery to fat transfers and skin removal surgeries. Thanks to the advancement in cosmetic techniques, your options for body sculpting are nearly endless. Contact our office in Tucson, AZ to schedule your consultation.

Ideal Candidates

Body contouring includes a wide range of treatment options for both the upper and lower body. Many women and men who have achieved significant weight loss, or women who have gone through childbearing, commonly choose to have body contouring treatments. You could be an ideal candidate for surgical body contouring if you have sagging skin on various areas of the body (such as the breasts, arms, buttocks, etc.) or excess fat that has not gone away despite maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen. The abdomen, lower back, hips, flanks, and neck are all common regions where unwanted fat can collect, forming bulges throughout the body line. Good candidates for body contouring procedures are men and women who are near or at their goal weight and desire a firmer, tighter silhouette.

Surgical Technique

At your consultation, Dr. Rao will create a customized body contouring treatment plan for you. This plan can consist of both surgical and nonsurgical procedures, depending on your needs and goals. Surgeries, such as breast lift or augmentation, liposuction, and abdominoplasty, usually require general anesthesia. The goal for these treatments is to create small incisions that can be easily concealed with undergarments, as well as to reduce unsightly fat and loose skin. This will produce a thinner, tighter silhouette. Nonsurgical services are usually performed at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery without sedation. Some nonsurgical services that could be a part of your body contouring treatment plan include CoolSculpting or injectables, like Kybella.

What to Expect

If your treatment plan includes a surgical procedure, you will be sent home to heal and recuperate following your operation. Nonsurgical services usually do not require rest and recovery. It is common for our patients to combine several surgical procedures on several body parts, which could require an overnight stay. Body contouring is designed to reshape the body. Whether you choose surgical procedures, nonsurgical treatments, or both, your result will be 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. Rao will listen to your needs and wants before performing a physical assessment. He can then give you recommendations and develop your treatment plan. Once your personalized surgical plan has been developed, Dr. Rao will be better able to estimate costs and discuss your payment options. Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery accepts many methods, including low-interest financing.

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 provider. If your loose abdominal skin is causing medical conditions, like chronic infections, you may be able to apply for coverage. Other body contouring procedures are considered cosmetic and are not covered by insurance. If you'd like to use your medical insurance for your body sculpting procedure, let Dr. Rao know during your consultation so we can work with your insurance to maximize your coverage.

What will be part of my body contouring surgery?
The surgeries that make up your body contouring treatment plan will depend on your specific needs and goals. Some procedures may be performed in stages, depending on your overall health and the number of areas being addressed. Staging of your body contouring procedures helps to diminish your risk for wound healing problems and mitigate the risks associated with general anesthesia. Dr. Rao's paramount concern is always your safety. He will develop an individualized treatment plan that will allow you to obtain the aesthetic results you desire while performing your surgery in the safest setting.

Will I have scarring after my surgery?
All surgical procedures will have resulting scars. The appearance of your final scars is influenced mainly by genetic factors and surgical technique. Dr. Rao is a board-certified plastic surgeon who will make every effort to conceal your scars by placing incisions in less visible areas, like the natural skin folds. Scar care management after surgery is crucial to healthy healing. Topical creams and ointments may be prescribed to improve the healing process. Over time, your scars will lighten and blend in with your natural skin tone. Our patients find that minor scarring is worth the results they receive from this life-changing procedure.

How long will my body contouring results last?
With proper care, your results can last for many years. To help maintain your outcomes, you should maintain at a stable weight once your treatment has concluded because significant weight changes or pregnancy after your surgery could impact your results. Natural aging will continue so you may eventually develop loose skin again as you get older. Dr. Rao can give you recommendations to help make your results last, which could include nonsurgical procedures.

Redefine Your Shape

If you desire a tighter silhouette, perkier breasts, a shapely bottom, or a slimmer tummy, then surgical body contouring performed at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery can help you achieve the look you want. Contact our Tucson, AZ practice and schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Arun Rao. We can discuss your goals and construct a customized surgical plan to meet your unique goals.

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