Body contouring surgery is any cosmetic surgery that removes fat, excess skin, and creates a tighter, slimmer figure. Individuals who have lost weight, have completed pregnancy, or who are experiencing the signs of aging, may benefit from a body contouring procedure. Common treatments include breast lift surgery, liposuction, abdominoplasty, butt and thigh lift surgery, as well as brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery. Our Sarasota plastic surgeons are body contouring specialists who have years of experience, blending surgical skill and an artistic eye to create outstanding results. The physical change can be dramatic for many and the surgical outcomes long lasting.
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 our surgeons 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.
Body Contouring Reviews
"I was so impressed with Dr. Engel and his staff. Wonderful experience."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jul 28, 2011
"74 Years Old and Could Not Get Rid of Waist and Abdominal Fat - Sarasota, FL - Dr. Derby is absolutely fabulous! He was very thorough about my options. He listened to my concerns and addressed them very caringly. He is also very courteous, never condescending. I cannot recommend him enough. Dr. Derby is a real sweetheart in addition to being a gifted plastic surgeon. At my age of 74, I was a bit hesitant but Dr. Derby made me feel totally at ease."- E. / RealSelf / Aug 08, 2016
"54 year old man in need belly fat removal. - Successful Lipo for 54 year old man. Typical belly and flank weight gain as we age--especially certain body types for men. Had 41 inch measurement around my stomach and 6 weeks out I am at 39 inches--I went in today for my before and after photos--this is where you can tell how much this procedure was worth it!! Dr. Brian Derby sweet gentle bedside--very honest--guided me thru while answering all my questions--A+ experience!!"- J. / RealSelf / Dec 08, 2016
"The effects of four pregnancies all by C-section every two years through out my twenties left me with a very undesirable shape. I had tried kick boxing, cycling, hiking, and general laps on the treadmill to try to maintain my weight and regain some semblance of my pre-baby shape. Along with healthy eating and the sheer craziness of my life with four young children I was able to get my weight within 10 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight each time and maintain that. For those of you good with math that means 10 extra pounds with each precious child. My weight wasn't the only issue it was also the extreme extra skin that was left over from the surgeries. I decided to go ahead with a tummy tuck along with liposuction. Dr. Derby and his staff at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center were very kind, sincere, and honest with their assessments and care. A qualified doctor with a caring staff will make all the difference in the world during your recovery. I am thrilled with the results! The preparation for the surgery was well organized and thoughtful while ensuring that my expectations were appropriate. The aftercare was thoughtful and complete. I would recommend Dr. Derby to anyone considering a procedure. All of the "side effects" are well worth the results which were just amazing. I still can't believe it. I am just thrilled! I was honest with most but work about the procedure. Even those at work called me out on the differences...they were definitely noticeable and keep getting better with each passing week. All in all, I have no regrets and I am sure that I made the best decision in who I chose to perform the procedure."- J.P. / Yelp / Dec 12, 2016
"Absolute Perfection - Dr. Derby did a fantastic job in all aspects of the my breast reduction. As with most people, I was very concerned about the entire process. While it seemed scary, daunting and unknown, Dr. Derby took the time to address each of my concerns in a patient and understanding matter. He always made me feel at ease regardless of my question or concern. Throughout the process, Dr. Derby and his..."- D. / RealSelf / Jun 04, 2017
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 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.
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. A “mommy makeover” usually involves some combination of tummy tuck, liposuction of the waist, breast enhancement (lift and or implants), and labiaplasty. 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 will be prescribed to help in the healing process. Over time, the scars will lighten and blend in with the patient’s natural skin tone.
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