Surgical Body Contouring
Surgical Body Contouring
Surgical body contouring can benefit patients desiring the removal of excess skin and fat while improving the shape of the underlying support tissue. The result is a better-proportioned appearance with smoother body contours. At Capizzi MD, we offer both surgical and non-surgical body contouring options. If you are interested in learning about non-surgical options, please go here.
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Getting A Consultation
When you come to Capizzi, MD for your consultation, be prepared to discuss your surgical goals and take measurements of your body. A member of our team will take photographs for your medical record and you will be able to discuss your options with Dr. Peter Capizzi. He will recommend a treatment plan that will work best for your lifestyle and goals. Make sure to ask any questions about your treatment plan or concerns you may have. You will receive a quote for your personalized plan and will have the option to begin scheduling appointments to bring you closer to your goal.
Choosing A Cosmetic Surgeon
Body contouring involves many choices. The first and most important choice is selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon that you can trust. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Peter Capizzi is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). These surgeons meet rigorous standards to maintain their board certification. They must complete years of surgical and plastic surgery training, ongoing examinations, and continue their education each year.
Besides a comprehensive education and certification, the surgeon you choose should keep your goals and values at the forefront during the entire process: from planning to post-op. This is your journey to your best self, and your surgeon is there to help you get there.
During A Body Contouring Procedure
Although the procedures themselves are quite different, there are a lot of similarities. They are all completed under general anesthesia, meaning you will need someone to drive you home after your procedure. While you are asleep, the surgeon will remove excess skin and fat via incisions. Dr. Capizzi will attempt to place your incisions in strategic locations where they will remain hidden by most clothing.
When you wake up, dressings will be on your incisions, and your sutures will either dissolve or be removed during your follow up appointment. Pain management can take place through ibuprofen or other oral pain medication. Specific instructions from your surgeon will detail how to care for surgical sites and how/when to empty drains if you have them.
You should avoid bending, straining, or lifting for up to 2 weeks depending on the type of procedure performed. A lymphatic massage after your surgery will reduce swelling and speed recovery.
The results of body contouring surgery are visible immediately, you may feel your posture is better, or you don’t feel “heavy” anymore. It will take a few months before the scars heal all the way. The results of body contouring surgery are generally long-lasting, if you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. Yet, most of your initial improvement will remain.
Having been through the Capizzi experience, these patients can help you understand the smoothness of the journey.