Body Contouring

Body Contouring in San Diego & La Jolla

Video: Dr. Kearney Discusses Body Contouring Surgery
San Diego cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Kearney, discusses his body contouring procedures at his La Jolla plastic surgery practice

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What Exactly is Body Contouring?

Body contouring is an area of plastic surgery in which our focus is to refine the shape of your body. Commonly, this involves removing unwanted fat from one or more areas and tightening the skin and superficial tissue. Body contouring is a proven method of enhancing your appearance after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging has caused cosmetic concerns. The procedures are approached with the utmost care to ensure that you achieve the outcome discussed during your consultation.

Can More than One Body Contouring Procedure be Done At Once?

It is common for people to combine various plastic surgery procedures. Body contouring techniques are combined to ease transitions from one area to the next. For example, you might combine liposuction with a thigh lift or abdominoplasty to smooth the contours between adjacent areas. Body contouring procedures are also often combined with breast procedures. There is no real limitation on which procedures you can combine, only the number of techniques that can be performed at one time. Dr. Kearney has been in practice for several years and has an excellent reputation as a skilled, friendly plastic surgeon. When you consult with him, you can expect to be met with openness and curiosity about your desired improvements. Together, you can determine which procedures will best suit your goals.

How Do I Know Which Body Contouring Procedure is Best for Me?

Body contouring surgeries are common but that doesn't mean it's easy to determine which procedure is right for you. To achieve your best outcome, it is wise to rely on the knowledgeable input from a board-certified plastic surgeon. Prior to your consultation, we suggest that you take note of the specific concerns you have as well as what you would like to accentuate. You are welcome to bring images to your appointment with the understanding that no plastic surgery is done to recreate an exact replica. The purpose of showing pictures to your surgeon is to describe the general aspects of your appearance that you would like to augment or refine. During your appointment, much of your conversation will revolve around your body frame and structure and which areas could be enhanced to improve broader proportions.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Body Contouring?

Many adults of all ages are interested in body contouring procedures. Our primary concerns are that you can safely undergo surgery, recover well, and that you have realistic expectations regarding Dr. Kearney's anticipated outcome. Come to your appointment prepared to discuss your medical history, expectations and goals, and lifestyle. Depending on your overall health, you may need to undergo some form of screening or lab tests to receive clearance for surgery.

There are many reasons to consider body contouring surgery. Whether your body has changed with age or you have lost a significant amount of weight, you may be a great candidate for one or more procedures.

Are There Any Risks Involved with Body Contouring?

Body contouring surgeries are generally considered conservative because they are limited to fat, muscle, connective tissue, and skin. No major organs are touched. That said, it is important to understand the risks that are associated with various procedures. This will be discussed in detail during your consultation. However, some of the general risks associated with body contouring plastic surgeries include adverse reactions to anesthesia, infection, bleeding, fluid or blood accumulation beneath the skin, nerve damage, and poor wound healing. In addition to discussing the risks associated with your procedure, Dr. Kearney can also explain how he works to mitigate these risks and how you can promote optimal recovery with workable strategies like carefully following your post-op instructions.

For more information on body contouring in San Francisco and La Jolla, call our office today.

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