You look in the mirror and you’re tired…
You’re tired of thinking “I don’t like my body” or even “I hate the way I look.”
It’s taking a toll on your self-confidence, your relationships, and even your job.
You’ve heard about body contouring as a solution, but you’re worried about the cost.
Will it be too expensive? Is it even worth it?
This guide explains.
- 1 What Exactly is Body Contouring?
- 2 Are There Different Types of Body Contouring Procedures?
- 3 How Much Does Body Contouring Cost
- 4 How Much Does Body Contouring After Weight Loss Cost?
- 5 What Science Says About Body Contouring Cost and Effectiveness
What Exactly is Body Contouring?
Body contouring, also known as body sculpting, is the removal of skin and tissue from areas on the body that can be difficult or impossible to target with other methods.
There are a variety of methods for body contouring, including surgical and non-surgical procedures.
Depending on individual needs and goals, both surgical and non-surgical body contouring procedures may be considered.
If the patient is seeking to have a significant amount of fatty tissue and/or skin removed, they may require a more in-depth surgery such as:
- liposuction (fat removal)
- tummy tuck (adjustment of the skin and muscles in the lower abdomen)
- fat-removal techniques (destroying fat cells with extreme temperatures)
- or others
However, most body contouring surgeries are outpatient procedures done in the comfort of the provider’s office that allow the patient to fully recover at home.
Alternatively, patients simply looking to firm up or tone areas that can be difficult to improve with diet and exercise may prefer non-surgical body contouring options.
Why do people prefer body contouring over surgery?
- Less painful than surgical options
- Milder symptoms
- Amazing results
American Society of Plastic Surgeons: “Body Contouring”
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons describes body contouring as:
“Surgical body contouring following major weight loss removes excess sagging skin and fat while improving the shape of the underlying support tissue. The result is a better-proportioned appearance with smoother contours.”
While not all prospective patients have undergone dramatic weight loss, it is a common theme among those seeking surgical body contouring.
For those simply looking to firm or tighten specific areas, non-surgical methods may be more appropriate.
American Board of Plastic Surgery: “How to Choose Between Liposuction and Noninvasive Fat Reduction Procedures”
When considering a cosmetic procedure such as body sculpting, it is important to do comprehensive research and ensure the decision made is the right one.
Advancements in non-surgical options over the last 10 years have made them a popular alternative to the more traditional surgical methods.
In, “How to Choose Between Liposuction and Noninvasive Fat Reduction Procedures,” the American Board of Plastic Surgery outlines expectations from both types of surgery and offers help in electing a procedure if appropriate.
Are There Different Types of Body Contouring Procedures?
Recent advancements in technology have made cosmetic surgery and body contouring more accessible (and affordable) than ever for the average person.
Patients and physicians alike continue to seek out new ways to address “problem areas” to help achieve a slim, toned, youthful appearance. Whether the patient’s needs are best addressed with surgical or non-surgical methods, a variety of body contouring options are available.
Surgical Procedures May Include:
- Panniculectomy (excess skin removal from the lower abdominal area)
- Abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck)
- Excisional body lifts (for the arms, buttocks, inner thighs, etc.)
Non-Surgical Procedures May Include:
- Laser lipolysis
- Radiofrequency energy
- High-Intensity focused ultrasound
While each of these methods has been approved by the FDA, not all procedures are suitable for every body type.
A patient’s medical history, current physique, and long-term goals will all factor into the decision for a body contouring procedure.
How Much Does Body Contouring Cost
Body contouring surgery cost can vary dramatically, depending on how much “work” a patient desires and whether surgical or non-invasive procedures are selected.
Surgical body contouring prices will also depend on the surgeon’s experience, equipment used, and even the geographic location of the office.
Generally, procedures may run anywhere from $8,000 for an arm lift or up to $30,000 for a full-body lift. For non-surgical procedures, patients can expect to pay between $1,500 and $6,000, depending on the treatment selected and how many sessions are recommended by the provider.
Again, every person has a different body. And, here at Bridgetown, we treat every person individually. So, to get an accurate estimate for your unique body, please give us a call.
It is important to bear in mind that any provider will likely want to evaluate a patient in person to discuss the patient’s health, goals, potential procedures, and the associated cost.
Average Cost of Body Contouring
No two bodies are the same, so no two individuals will have the same needs from a body sculpting procedure.
Many providers offer free consultations to help the patient and provider get a better idea of what is possible with body sculpting procedures and to help the provider estimate the body contouring surgery cost.
The best advice is to talk with a cosmetic surgeon directly and seek opinions and estimates from multiple providers.
Because the types of body contouring procedures and results vary so dramatically, it can be difficult to gather a true estimate of what an individual patient’s costs might be.
How Much Does Body Contouring After Weight Loss Cost?
Many patients who have achieved significant weight loss are left with heavy, sagging skin folds in places like the:
Patients who have lost over 100 pounds may be better candidates for surgical body contouring procedures that involve the removal of skin and tissue in addition to the reshaping of various parts of the body.
The cost of body contouring will vary depending on many factors including:
- The method(s) selected
- The patient’s goals
- The provider’s experience
- The provider’s equipment
- And more
Further, some body contouring procedures are covered by the patient’s health insurance if they follow bariatric surgery.
Patients considering a specific procedure or looking for more information can visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for extensive background on specific procedures and a general idea of cost estimates.
How Much Does Non-Invasive Body Contouring Cost?
Non-invasive or non-surgical body contouring is one of the fastest-growing cosmetic procedures in America (body sculpting was the fourth most popular cosmetic procedure in 2018, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery).
These procedures are soaring in popularity due to shorter recovery times with minimal side effects and a much lower price point than more traditional surgical methods.
Non-surgical body contouring treatments usually last between 30 and 90 minutes and are performed in the comfort of the provider’s office. Patients may require more than one treatment, but the recovery time is minimal and side effects are relatively mild on the skin’s surface like:
Individual treatments can cost anywhere from $250 to $2,000 depending on the target area.
Body Contouring Surgery Cost
The average cost for the most popular surgical body contouring procedures in 2018, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons:
|Full Body Lift||$30,000|
It is important to keep in mind that these numbers are averages that consider providers from all over the United States, and include patients with a wide variety of bodies and surgery goals.
Body contouring surgery costs will vary based on provider, equipment, location, and the desires of the individual patient.
What Science Says About Body Contouring Cost and Effectiveness
In general, body contouring procedures are relatively safe.
The surgical methods (liposuction, tummy tuck, etc.) carry more risk because they are more invasive. However, these methods also tend to produce faster and more noticeable results. They are also more expensive.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons have sources available with steps that you can follow to ensure your cosmetic surgery is safe.
In contrast, the level of risk is considerably less with non-invasive body contouring procedures, and they also cost less.
Less risk and faster recovery make these attractive options for prospective patients looking for a mild to moderate change in their appearance. The results with non-invasive methods may take some time to develop (12-16 weeks in some cases) but they can last just as long as the results of surgical procedures.
Mayo Clinic: “Cosmetic Surgery”
As is typical of any surgery, cosmetic surgery procedures (including body contouring) carry an inherent level of risk.
The world-renowned Mayo Clinic recommends carefully considering any form of cosmetic surgery, taking care to understand the risks and realistic expectations for the procedure, and discussing questions and details with the chosen provider at length.
At Bridgetown Aesthetics, our work speaks for itself. We pair medical expertise with a professional, comfortable environment to create treatment plans that are tailored to help patients look and feel their best.
Australasian Journal of Dermatology: “Review of non‐invasive body contouring devices for fat reduction, skin tightening and muscle definition”
The use of non-invasive body contouring procedures have only been FDA-approved for the last ten years or so, making scientific data on effectiveness harder to come by.
While these procedures are relatively new, most studies report them to be mildly to moderately effective, although results vary significantly from patient to patient.
Non-surgical body contouring methods are effective for most patients, with results that can last just as long as if the patient had more invasive surgery.
From a 2019 study published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology:“…they are an attractive alternative for patients who do not want the risks or costs associated with surgery. When used appropriately and correctly, these devices have demonstrated excellent clinical efficacy and safety.”