Though rapid weight loss is a desirable effect of weight loss surgeries, an often common side effect is excessive skin, which the patient can address through body contouring to remove extra skin and tighten problem areas. With body contouring, the excessive skin is carefully trimmed away, some fat may be removed, and then the tissues and muscle are tightened. Body contouring is also useful after pregnancy and for skin that has lost elasticity due to aging and gravity. Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Manish Shah, offers a number of body contouring procedures, including the body lift, arm lift, thigh lift, butt lift, and others. As a result, a patient will look firmer and more proportioned from their unique body contouring surgery plan.
"My Muscle Wall Gave Way Giving my Abdomen an Unsightly Large Buldge - Denver, CO - I met Dr Shah in 2007 when he did a face lift for me. I was really happy with the results. When I found out no amount of diet and exercise would remedy the problem with my abdomen I contacted him. and even through I no longer live in Colorado, I knew he was the doctor I wanted to perform my surgery.I am a little over four weeks after surgery and I am thrilled with the results. I am 66 years old and healing well and now I have the tummy I have dreamed of having.Thank you Dr Shah I appreciate your skill and care!"- D. / RealSelf / Sep 05, 2015
"I am so happy to have found Dr. Shah. I wanted a non surgical rhinoplasty, and he was definitely the best choice. I am so happy with my results and hope to continue my care with him!"- P.L. / Google / Nov 26, 2019
"I’ve been wanting to get my nose restructure. I didn’t like my nose on the picture plus I was scared to get rhinoplasty surgery. I did a lot of research and found Dr. Shah. He was able to help me with non surgical rhinoplasty. Quick, Painless, you could see the result after done! NO recovery!! I love love love love how I look after got my nose done!!! Thank you DR.Shah!!"- B. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
"Well over Due! - The best part is the exceptional care and compassion of Dr. Shah and his entire staff. Dr. Shah and his staff are extremely knowledgeable and so personable with exceptional listening skills. Throughout the years of going to Dr. Shah, I have yet to see exaggerated results that are unnatural. That is why I trusted him with the mini face lift. After have injections for years, my age caught up and the only option for the jowls on caving cheeks, disappearing upper lip and turkey neck was a mini lift with fat injection. It has been three weeks since the procedure and I can see some of the improvement already even with the swelling. The bruising was minimal. One side of my face brusied more. The procedure went so smoothly and I loved that I remained awake. The pain was from the numbing injections, just like at the dentist. Afterwards the pain was very manageable. The instructions, vitamin regime and diet and exercise restrictions were clearly given and easy to follow. I am excited to see the final results!"- K. / RealSelf / Oct 16, 2019
"My experience with Dr. Shah and his staff was wonderful! He was extremely patient and understanding with all of my concerns and questions. His knowledge and expertise put me completely at ease. He is an absolute artist, and I am very happy with my results. Thank you Dr. Shah! You and your team are awesome! I will be recommending you to everyone I know!"- G.B. / Google / Oct 11, 2019
The process of body contouring is specifically designed to help patients reshape, tighten and firm up problem areas of the body where loose and sagging skin is present. Common areas addressed are the neck, arms, breasts, abdomen, hips, flanks, thighs, buttocks, and knees. It is likely that the doctor will consider a number of procedures to be combined into one surgery (where necessary). This typically involves the upper body parts or lower body parts that are staged together to minimize the risk of infection and shorten the recovery time.
During surgery, the surgeon will trim away and remove excess skin and the underlying tissues will be tightened. Liposuction is often a part of this process. All procedures are performed under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery and the length of the hospital stay will depend on how many procedures were combined in a single operative setting. Recovery from this surgery is slow and challenging, but the improvements that are visible create a significant boost of self-confidence for the majority of patients.
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Body Contouring FAQs
Procedures I Can Combine?
Procedures are combined and scheduled in stages depending on the overall physical health of the patient and the body areas that need to be addressed. Typically, the grouping will be staged with a combination of either the upper body parts (abdomen, breasts, arms, neck, face), or lower body parts (buttocks, thighs, flanks, knees). This staging helps reduce the risk of complications, such as blood loss and infection, since the surgery is limited to an area. This also shortens the length of time for recovery. The combination of procedures will be outlined during the initial consultation with the surgeon.
The Ideal Timing?
Individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight will need to be at or near their goal weight in order to proceed with a body contouring procedure. In addition, body contouring should also be reserved for those who have already had children and are not planning to become pregnant in the future. This is a recommendation only because it preserves the toned appearance created through surgery without compromising the surgical outcome.
Mommy Makeover Procedure?
A mommy makeover is a procedure that is in the same context of body contouring. It is a coined term for a group of body contouring procedures that address areas of the body specifically affected by pregnancy. These are the areas around the breasts, abdomen, hips and buttocks. Again, this is only a general term for body contouring reserved for those who have completed one or more pregnancies.
Will There Be A Lot of Scars?
In general, body contouring procedures will result in scarring. Most patients report that once the incisions heal, the scarring is no longer a primary worry as the benefits of this life-changing surgery are so significant. An experienced plastic surgeon will make every effort to minimize the scars by carefully placing the incisions inconspicuously. Post-surgery care is also very important. Topical creams may be prescribed to help in the healing process. Over time, the scars will lighten and blend in with the patient’s natural skin tone.