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Body Contouring in Lafayette, LA

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Lafayette Body Contouring at McGee Plastic Surgery

Refine and redefine your physique for a beautiful confidence boost you can carry with you every single day. Expert body contouring techniques let you fine-tune your body like a work of art by sculpting and tightening areas such as the tummy, breasts, arms, back, thighs, or buttocks. Body contouring is particularly beneficial for people who have lost a significant amount of weight or experienced changes to their body as a result of pregnancy. Double board-certified surgeon Dr. Catherine McGee, MD, FACS is passionate about lending her deep expertise and meticulous techniques to help people from all walks of life embrace the most confident version of themselves. Read on to learn more about the individualized care and exceptionally beautiful results Lafayette body contouring patients receive when they choose McGee Plastic Surgery.

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What is Body Contouring?

Body contouring refers to a range of cosmetic procedures designed to reshape and enhance the body's appearance by removing excess fat, tightening loose skin, and improving overall body contours. This approach is often sought by people who have lost a significant amount of weight or experienced sagging skin and other unwanted changes as a result of pregnancy or the natural aging process. Body contouring helps to achieve a more toned and sculpted appearance. Body contouring procedures can target various areas of the body, including the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, and breasts, among others. Dr. McGee commonly performs Lafayette body contouring procedures customized to the patient’s specific goals, including tummy tucks, panniculectomy, lower body lifts, back lifts, thigh lifts, arm lifts, and fat transfer to sculpt specific areas.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) helps to flatten and tighten the abdomen. During this procedure, fat and skin are removed and weakened abdominal muscles are often repaired. This procedure is commonly sought by individuals who have loose skin and muscle laxity in the abdominal area, often resulting from weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Tummy tucks can enhance the abdominal contour, creating a firmer, more toned appearance.


A panniculectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen or the pannus, which is the overhanging apron of tissue often seen in individuals who have experienced significant weight loss or have a medical condition causing skin and tissue overhang. Unlike a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), a panniculectomy focuses solely on removing the excess skin and fat and does not involve tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. This procedure can improve hygiene, alleviate discomfort, and enhance the overall appearance of the lower abdomen. 

Lower Body Lift

A lower body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, addresses sagging skin and excess fat around the lower torso, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, and thighs. This comprehensive Lafayette body contouring surgery combines elements of a tummy tuck and buttock lift, removing surplus skin and fat while also tightening the underlying tissues. The incisions typically extend around the waistline, allowing the surgeon to lift and reshape the entire lower body area. Lower body lifts are often sought by individuals who have undergone significant weight loss and want to achieve a more sleek and toned appearance.

Back Lift

A back lift (or bra lift) is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to address sagging or excess skin and fat on the back, particularly in the upper and middle regions. This procedure aims to improve the contours and appearance of the back by removing redundant tissue and tightening the skin. The surgeon typically makes incisions along the upper or mid-back, depending on the specific concerns of the patient. The incisions are usually hidden along the bra line. Back lifts are commonly sought by individuals who have experienced significant weight loss or natural aging-related changes, which can result in loose or hanging skin on the back. This surgery can help achieve a smoother, firmer, and more toned back profile.

Thigh Lift 

A thigh lift (or thighplasty) enhances the contours of the thighs by excising excess skin and fat deposits and tightening the remaining tissue. This is typically performed on the inner thighs, the outer thighs, or both to address issues like sagging skin, often caused by weight loss, aging, or genetics. During the procedure, an incision is made in the thigh area, and the surgeon reshapes and contours the thighs to create a more toned and youthful appearance. Thigh lifts can help individuals achieve smoother, firmer thighs and better body confidence by restoring a more proportionate lower body silhouette.

Arm Lift

An arm lift (or brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure aimed at improving the contour and appearance of the upper arms. It involves the removal of loose skin and excess fat from the upper arm region, typically addressing issues like "bat wings" or sagging skin that can result from aging, weight loss, or genetics. During the surgery, an incision is made along the inner arm, and the surgeon reshapes and tightens the underlying tissues. Arm lifts help individuals achieve slimmer, firmer arms, restoring arm aesthetics and increasing self-confidence.

Fat Transfer

Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, is a body contouring technique in which excess fat is removed from one area of the body, typically through liposuction, and then injected into another area to enhance its volume and shape. This method is commonly used to contour and augment various body regions. It offers a natural and minimally invasive alternative to implants or fillers, utilizing the patient's own fat. Fat transfer can provide a more balanced and harmonious body contour while achieving a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance in targeted areas.

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What are the benefits of Body Contouring?

Body contouring helps you achieve a more toned and sculpted appearance. It's effective for removing excess fat and sagging skin, which may result from weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Overall, body contouring can improve physical aesthetics, reduce discomfort, and boost self-esteem, helping individuals feel more comfortable and confident in their bodies. After body contouring, many people feel more enthusiastic about engaging in a wider range of activities and social settings, improving health and quality of life in many areas.

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Your Lafayette Body Contouring Consultation

Take the next step in achieving your dream physique. Perhaps you have achieved your weight loss goals but have been left with loose skin and tissue you’d like to lose. Or perhaps pregnancy or other physical changes have left you feeling less like yourself. Dr. Catherine McGee, MD, FACS employs advanced surgical techniques, guided by a keen eye for aesthetics, to help you hone the confidence-inspiring contours you’ve worked so hard for. At your consultation, she will spend time learning about your goals, answering your questions, and reviewing your medical history to ensure you are an excellent candidate for body contouring surgery. To schedule your consultation for body contouring Lafayette, LA, area residents or visitors are encouraged to contact our beautiful practice today to further explore our transformative cosmetic care.

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Your Body Contouring Procedure

During the planning stages for your Lafayette body contouring procedure, the steps of your individualized treatment will be discussed in detail, including any needed preparations beforehand, what to expect on the day of your surgery, the approximate timeline for recovery, and any aftercare guidelines. General anesthesia is administered for most body contouring procedures, ensuring your comfort and safety. Surgery will usually take a few hours; the exact duration will depend on the details of your specific procedure. In many cases, you can return home on the day of your surgery with a friend or family member to drive you.

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Body Contouring Recovery and Aftercare

We take a holistic approach to every aspect of your care, checking your progress with phone calls and in-person follow-up appointments throughout your recovery to ensure healing is going smoothly. Make sure to follow all aftercare instructions, and call us any time you have questions. It is normal to have some post-procedure swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which are typically well managed with pain medication. You may also be given supportive garments to facilitate optimal healing. In planning your procedure, Dr. McGee will give you detailed information about how long you should take off from work and when you can resume more strenuous activities like lifting heavy items or working out. As your recovery progresses, you will see your beautifully sculpted figure emerge.

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Body Contouring Results

Although full healing may take a few months, you will be able to see changes in your body right away. Sagging skin and excess fat deposits will be tightened and smoothed for a more taut, sculpted silhouette, helping you feel good about the way you look in front of the mirror, wearing your favorite styles, or engaging in your favorite activities. If fat grafting was used, you will see these areas beautifully and naturally enhanced with appealing curves. It is important to understand that some scarring is inevitable when sagging skin is reduced to smooth out your silhouette. Dr. McGee places incisions strategically to minimize their visibility. Following all aftercare instructions, staying healthy, and practicing good sun protection may help these lines fade and blend in more effectively. Most people experience a great boost in confidence after body contouring surgery. Practicing healthy habits can help you enjoy your beautiful results for years to come.

Body ContouringFrequently Asked Questions

Body contouring may be sought by a variety of people but is particularly beneficial for individuals who are unsatisfied with loose skin or sagging tissue left over following significant weight loss. Body contouring is also sometimes sought by those wishing to restore a more sculpted midsection after changes caused by pregnancy, aging, or other factors. Ideal candidates for body contouring are at a stable weight and in general good health. Dr. McGee will carefully assess your candidacy to ensure you can safely undergo the procedure and enjoy the best possible results. It is not recommended that you have body contouring if you are planning a future pregnancy or have not achieved a stable goal weight since subsequent weight gain will compromise your results. Body contouring surgery is not weight loss surgery.

To maintain body contouring results patients will need to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, stay hydrated, avoid extreme weight fluctuations, and adhere to post-operative instructions. These habits will help preserve your improved physique for the long term.

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