Considerations for Body Contouring
At Tarrant Plastic Surgery in Fort Worth, TX, plastic surgeon Vishnu Rumalla approaches all contouring treatments with a three-part approach in order to provide the best possible results. He considers each patient's candidacy, the timing of their procedure, and the types of procedures that will be performed:
Patients who have achieved major weight loss experience an improvement in their overall medical condition, but still may have conditions like diabetes and hypertension. These conditions need to be managed before Dr. Rumalla can provide body contouring.
For patients who have had bariatric surgery, they may have metabolic problems like electrolyte imbalances or anemia which need to be corrected prior to surgery. Dr. Rumalla can coordinate care with your primary care doctor to help you achieve candidacy for these procedures.
When to Provide Treatment
Deciding when to operate depends on the patient’s desired final weight, dimensions, clothing size, and any other goals regarding health and appearance. Patients are ready for body contouring when they have come close to their ideal body weight or have plateaued in weight loss for several months despite their best efforts.
Choice of Treatments
Weight loss patients come to us with a vast array of concerns, from their abdomen and breasts to their arms, lower extremities, and face. Procedures like tummy tucks, body lifts, breast lifts (with or without implants), thigh lifts, arm lifts, facelifts, and liposuction can be used to restore definition to your figure. It is important for patients to realize that depending on the number of areas being treated, these operations may need to be performed over multiple stages in order to achieve the desired result safely.
Cost of Treatment
During your consultation, Dr. Rumalla will answer your questions and create a treatment plan customized for your needs. Patients often ask what role health insurance can play. Insurance companies will often consider paying for a significant breast reduction and sometimes may pay for a panniculectomy (excision of skin below the pubis which may lead to wounds). In these instances, insurance will only pay for the extent of treatment needed to resolve practical issues. You can expect that any degree of treatment performed for cosmetic purposes will require paying out of pocket. During your consultation, we will be able to provide an estimated cost of treatment.