The term “body contouring” may leave you with a few questions… What is it? How much does it cost? Is it for me? At The Lucas Center, we’re here to help. Whether you’re ready to make a physical change but need a bit more information or you’re still searching the web for answers, our goal is to help you stay informed so you can make the best decision for your unique body.
Recently, body contouring has been sweeping the globe as one of the most popular trends in cosmetic and plastic surgery. Why? Because these procedures aren’t just a “quick fix” with fading results.
Body contouring procedures are meant to be treated as an investment in yourself, your health, and your overall confidence. They create highly-transformative, long-lasting results because they target specific areas you wish to improve.
However, as with any surgical procedure, this decision should be discussed at length with a board-certified plastic surgeon prior to scheduling surgery. Surgeons like Dr. Lucas will take the time to meet with you, discuss your health and goals, and create the best plan for delivering the results you want. This personal consultation time is critical to successful, natural-looking results.
If you’re new to the term “Body Contouring” but interested in making personal improvements to one or more areas on your own body, here’s what you need to know…
What is Body Contouring?
Think of Body Contouring as a category of procedures, rather than an individual one. From lifts to tucks, it encompasses procedures that target several areas of the body and can create some of the most transformative results in plastic surgery.
Patients can opt to undergo a single body contouring procedure or a combination procedure that targets multiple problem areas at once. Combination surgeries are a popular option and most beneficial to many patients who desire the most symmetrical, natural results possible.
Common Body Contouring procedures offered at The Lucas Center include:
- Abdominoplasties (Tummy Tucks): This procedure is great for removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightening the muscles to prevent future sagging.
- Body Lifts (Upper & Lower): These procedures work to remove excess skin and fat from key problem areas, such as the abdomen, buttocks, or upper/outer thighs.
- Breast Augmentations & Lifts: With or without the use of implants, these procedures are some of the most commonly sought in the plastic surgery industry. They work to remove excess skin and rejuvenate the breasts for an overall improved, more symmetrical chest region. During your consultation, your surgeon will help you decide whether a lift, reshaping, implants, or a combination of these things is best for you.
- Thigh Lifts (Upper & Inner): Contouring on the thighs removes excess skin and fat to create a slimmer, more natural body shape and overall appearance.
- Arm Lifts: This procedure is ideal for those with hanging skin or excess fat on their upper arms. The commonly referenced “bat wing” is a popular reason many men and women opt to get this surgery.
When’s the best time to undergo Body Contouring?
Most surgical body contouring procedures require compression garments to be worn for 4-6 weeks post-surgery to ensure the patient receives the best results possible. Because of this, cooler weather in the fall and winter seasons are ideal for recovery as this is when patients are most comfortable in the garments. Additionally, many patients choose to take time off around the holidays (Thanksgiving through New Years) for an extended recovery period without missing work.
While Fall and Winter are typically the best times to consider abdominal rejuvenation surgery, early Spring can also be ideal (depending on your schedule). For those looking to create the “summer body” of their dreams, Spring offers the chance to rest and recuperate before heading to the pool, lake, or beach with your loved ones.
How much will it cost?
Surgery is the gold standard because it’s able to pinpoint the exact areas of improvement on your body. Just as you wouldn’t want a tattoo from the cheapest artist, you should expect to invest in your body upfront when undergoing one or more of these body surgeries. Remember, when it comes to cosmetic and plastic surgery, you get the results you pay for.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that, “the average cost of body contouring surgery can vary widely,” meaning there really is no magic number for these procedures. However, some factors that help determine the cost of the procedure(s) are:
- Medical fees (hospital stay, testing, surgeon’s time, anesthesia, etc.)
- Recovery costs (such as pain medication or shapewear)
- Insurance coverage
- Surgeon experience
- Location of practice
Dr. Lucas never wants the cost of a procedure to stand between you and long-lasting self-confidence. That’s why we proudly offer multiple patient financing options to help cover the costs over a period of time that works for you.