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Body Contouring FAQ

Whether you are looking to make a subtle enhancement to your figure or put the finishing touches on a weight loss achievement, body contouring plastic surgery offers almost everyone the ability to feel better about how they look. Dr. Pourtaheri encourages patients to learn all they can before having an abdominoplasty, liposuction, or other body contouring procedure. We are ready to answer your questions any time. You may want to review this list of commonly asked questions before you request a consultation with Dr. Pourtaheri in person.

What’s the Difference between Liposuction and Liposculpture?
Most people are familiar with liposuction, but may not have heard the term liposculpture. As the name suggests, this procedure is not just about extracting areas of unwanted fat. Instead, it is a more involved technique that focuses on improved definition and smooth, very natural looking results. With liposculpture, you will not have the dimpling, indentations, or unnatural curves and transitions that can result from inexperienced doctors performing liposuction.

What Does the SAFE Technique Stand For?
SAFE stands for Separation, Aspiration, and Fat Equalization. It describes the steps used in this liposuction technique. First, Dr. Pourtaheri breaks up fat cells in the targeted area using a special instrument. This fat is then extracted from the body and reinjected in certain spots if necessary to create an equalized, smooth transition from treated to untreated areas. This approach minimizes injury to surrounding tissue and can create better outcomes than older liposuction techniques. It is particularly effective in circumferential or 360° procedures.

Is Body Contouring a Substitute for Weight Loss?
In short, no. While most body contouring procedures will result in the removal of a few pounds, the procedures are not designed to take the place of a healthy diet and regular exercise. People who are at or near their target weight see the best results from body contouring. But if you’re a bit overweight, that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be a candidate for body contouring. Dr. Pourtaheri evaluates each individual and will guide you on your best options.

I’ve Lost a Lot of Weight and Have Sagging Skin on My Face Too. What Can Be Done?
For people who have achieved significant weight loss through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, excess skin on many parts of the body is a common problem. This excess skin and tissue detracts from the dramatically slimmer look you have achieved, and can also be a source of discomfort. It is common when performing after weight loss surgery for Dr. Pourtaheri to focus both on the body and the face. A facelift, neck lift, eyelid surgery, brow lift or other procedure can be performed at the time of your body contouring procedure.

What Type of Anesthesia Is Used?
For body contouring surgery procedures, Dr. Pourtaheri’s anesthesiologist will use general anesthesia so you will be safely sedated and not remember any part of the procedure or feel discomfort while the surgery is performed. Certain techniques like providing more intravenous anesthesia, as opposed to gases, and certain other medications can improve your recovery from anesthesia. Patients are closely monitored during and after surgery to ensure safety and comfort.

I Want to Avoid Surgery. What Are My Options?
Non-surgical body contouring procedures like CoolSculpting® or EmSculpt® have plenty of advertising dollars behind them, and sound quite appealing because who wouldn’t want to look slimmer with practically no risks or effort? The problem is, results from treatments like these continue to be rather marginal. They may make sense for people who want very subtle refinement, but that’s not the majority of people who are considering body contouring. Dr. Pourtaheri believes that if you are going to make the investment in a more toned and tightened body, surgical procedures remain your best option. That said, he does offer several non-surgical treatments that are effective – but they for the most part focus on the face and neck area.

What Are the Risks of Body Contouring Surgery?
While any surgical procedure carries some risk, hundreds of thousands of body contouring procedures are performed safely in the U.S. each year. To minimize risk, you should choose an experienced surgeon like Dr. Pourtaheri who has extensive training and who has developed extensive safety protocols in conjunction with his anesthesiologist. Dr. Pourtaheri will thoroughly review the risks of any procedure you are considering before your surgery, and is available to answer any questions or concerns.

Flying in For Surgery

If you’re flying in from out of town to see Dr. Pourtaheri, Team B.A.E. will arrange the process to make it as easy as possible for you.

Summary
Body Contouring
Service Type
Body Contouring
Provider Name
Dr. Navid Pourtaheri,
Area
San Francisco Bay Area
Description
San Francisco plastic surgeons at Bay Area Esthetics offer a complete range of body contouring procedures to help you achieve the look you have always wanted.

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Summary
Body Contouring
Service Type
Body Contouring
Provider Name
Dr. Navid Pourtaheri,
Area
San Francisco Bay Area
Description
San Francisco plastic surgeons at Bay Area Esthetics offer a complete range of body contouring procedures to help you achieve the look you have always wanted.
Summary
Body Contouring
Service Type
Body Contouring
Provider Name
Dr. Navid Pourtaheri,
Area
San Francisco Bay Area
Description
San Francisco plastic surgeons at Bay Area Esthetics offer a complete range of body contouring procedures to help you achieve the look you have always wanted.