Body contouring achieves a wide variety of goals. From eliminating excess pockets of localized fat to removing sagging, deflated skin, body contouring procedures are customized to fit your goals. These techniques define and sharpen the contours of your body, while tightening underlying tissue and revealing your most flattering shape. To find out if you are a good candidate for plastic surgery in Baltimore, please contact the practice of Dr. Maakan Taghizadeh.
Types of Body Contouring Procedures
The most popular body surgeries are:
- Tummy Tuck. Also called abdominoplasty, this procedure removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen, leaving a flatter, firmer tummy area.
- Liposuction. This procedure suctions excess fat cells out of the treatment area. It is highly versatile and used on many areas of the face and body.
- Mommy Makeover. This comprehensive approach to rejuvenating your body post-baby allows you and Dr. Tag to develop a custom set of procedures to tone, tighten or enhance your areas of concern.
Body contouring can be adapted for female or male bodies. Men and women alike may deal with excess fat and skin after weight loss. Women who have been pregnant will sometimes seek out body contouring because of the way pregnancy has changed their bodies. Dr. Taghizadeh makes sure you know all of your body contouring options when you meet with him in a consultation.
Body Contouring Candidates
The best way to find out if you are a candidate is to talk to Dr. Tag. In the meantime, consider that good candidates are:
- Realistic about what the procedure(s) can and cannot achieve
- Non-smoker or willing to quit weeks prior to surgery
- In good overall health (healthy enough to undergo surgery)
- At or near an ideal weight that has also been stable for some time
In addition to those factors, Dr. Taghizadeh will assess whether the issue you want to address or the physical characteristic you want to change falls within the capabilities of body contouring procedures at our practice.
Body Contouring Questions
What is body contouring?
Body contouring is a specific set of plastic surgery procedures that address the body specifically (as opposed to the breasts, face or skin). They may be surgical or non-surgical in nature. The most commonly addressed areas are:
- Upper arms
- Inner and outer thighs
Body contouring is often pursued to remove excess skin that persists after major weight loss, or to reduce stubborn fat that lingers despite fitness.
How much does body contouring cost?
The price of each procedure varies. In fact, prices can vary quite widely because of the range of surgeries. After your consultation with Dr. Taghizadeh, we explain the cost estimate of the procedures you are considering. We also discuss your payment and financing options.
How is body contouring done?
Your body contouring procedure may involve removal of skin by excision, or reduction of fat by excision or suction. The surgery may involve tightening the underlying supportive tissues as well as the surface skin. Body contouring can also be performed with minimally invasive devices that utilize technologies to freeze fat or tighten skin.
How much weight do you lose with body contouring?
It depends. The only procedure that makes a significant difference to body weight is a tummy tuck. It’s possible to lose 10 pounds or more with a tummy tuck, although it can also be much lower than that amount. A difference in weight is dictated by the weight of the skin and fat removed.
Most other body contouring procedures will not reduce your overall body weight. Liposuction is not a weight-loss method, for example, but is instead a means of refining certain areas of the body that are holding onto fat.
How long does body contouring last?
This comes down to the specific procedure. Surgery procedures are just about always longer lasting than non-surgical treatments. While we will discuss the longevity of the procedures you are interested in during your consultation, we can say that – in general – body contouring provides lasting results that you can maintain with a healthy diet and regular physical activity.
Find Out If You Are a Body Contouring Candidate
Please contact U Plastic Surgery + Aesthetics to arrange a one-on-one consultation. Dr. Taghizadeh is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and takes all of the time necessary to help you decide if body contouring is right for you. Our practice is located in Baltimore and we are happy to provide beautiful aesthetic results to people from across Maryland and the surrounding region.