If you are considering undergoing a body contouring procedure such as liposuction or tummy tuck, you probably have questions. As an experienced and trusted plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Chacon of Divino Plastic Surgery has met with countless body contouring patients looking to sculpt and tone their bodies. In this blog post, he answers the most commonly asked questions regarding body contouring.
Can I Lose Weight with Body Contouring?
Body contouring procedures remove excess sagging fat and skin, while improving the shape and contours of the body. However, these procedures are not meant to treat weight loss. In fact, ideal candidates for body contouring should be within 30 percent of a healthy weight for their size. If you are looking to lose a large amount of weight, it is recommended you do so through exercise and diet or bariatric (weight loss) surgery.
How Do I Know Which Procedure is Right for Me?
The procedure you choose will ultimately depend on your aesthetic concerns and goals. Body contouring procedures can treat several areas of the body, including the upper arms, thighs, abdomen, chest and buttocks. For a toned and slim stomach, Dr. Chacon may recommend tummy tuck surgery. If excess fat and skin in several areas bother you, such as the abdomen, buttocks and thighs, a body lift may be appropriate. Dr. Chacon also offers several liposuction treatments that treat small, stubborn areas of fat around the body and can be combined with other body contouring procedures. The best way to find out which procedure is right for you is to consult a highly experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Chacon.
What is Recovery from Body Contouring Like?
Immediately following your surgery, you will likely experience swelling, soreness and bruising. During this time, your energy levels will be low and your range of motion will be limited. You should expect to take about two weeks off of work to recover. Additionally, exercise and other strenuous activity will have to be avoided. Most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities two weeks after surgery.
How Long Do Results Last?
Body contouring results can be long-lasting, so long as you choose a qualified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. A surgeon who has been practicing for many years knows how to communicate with their patients about their desired outcomes, and deliver beautiful results.
To learn more about body contouring, including your treatment options, contact Dr. Chacon of Divino Plastic Surgery. He will gladly answer any additional questions you may have. Schedule a personal consultation by calling (858) 633-7546.