Get the body you’ve always wanted at Renaissance
Body contouring is not just about improving your natural assets; it’s about reversing the signs of aging or finally ridding yourself of that excess skin left over after weight loss or pregnancy. With their expertise in redefining, renewing, and reversing undesirable problem areas, St. Louis plastic surgeons, Dr. Boschert, Dr. Craig, Dr. Mills, and Dr. Alleyne are helping men and women achieve their desire for a body image that is more in sync with the way they feel inside.
We offer the following body contouring procedures:
Planning for a Body Procedure
Prior to any body procedure, you should have a consultation with a licensed plastic surgeon who can assist you with choosing the right procedures for your aesthetic goals. They will also perform a health evaluation before any body procedure to ensure you are a good candidate.
Before your procedure, the surgeon and their medical team will offer guidance on how to prep for surgery. This includes walking you through the process, telling you what to expect in terms of recovery and downtime, and disclosing potential risks and side-effects.
You may be asked to stop smoking and consuming alcohol at least two weeks to one month before surgery. These can increase the risk of bleeding and surgical complications, so you must avoid both tobacco and alcohol before undergoing a body procedure.
You may also need to coordinate with your primary care doctor to discuss any current medications you’re taking and adjust your dosage prior to surgery. In some cases, your doctor may switch you to a medication that has a lower risk of complications.
With any body procedure, it is also important that you are within a certain range of your ideal weight, as being obese can reduce the efficacy of results. Furthermore, some patients are not eligible for some body procedures until they are within a particular weight range.
Body Procedure Recovery
Each procedure has a unique recovery process and specific downtime to consider. Your plastic surgery team will advise you on how to prepare for your procedure’s recovery, be it an arm lift, thigh lift, tummy tuck, or total body lift.
Generally speaking, you will need to avoid strenuous physical activity for at least two weeks to a month; the exact amount of time and restricted activities will vary by procedure and individual. You will also need to follow the surgeon’s instructions for incision care, drainage, and pain management.
Pros of a Body Procedure
- Enhanced self-confidence
- Improved silhouette
- Tighten loose skin
- Remove or reduce cellulite
- Smooth and enhance skin appearance
Cons of a Body Procedure
- Potential surgical complications
- Possible scarring
- Undesired aesthetic effect
- Not a weight loss solution
Requirements & Contraindications
Being a candidate for a body procedure requires being in overall good health and having realistic expectations for outcomes. While the results can be transformative for many, they do not always reflect the level of change some patients experience. For this reason, it is important to carefully study and review real surgical result photos from the surgeon you are considering prior to committing to a procedure.
Potential contraindications for a body procedure include having a high body mass index (BMI), having unrealistic expectations as to what the procedure can do, previous adverse reactions to anesthesia or types of sedation, and certain allergies. Your surgeon will discuss all of these with you in depth before determining your eligibility for a procedure.