Staged body contouring is offered to patients who have lost extensive weight loss and who have a body score of 2 to 3 on Dr. Mowlavi’s High Definition Liposuction (HDL) Body Scale. The first stage of body contouring includes maximizing the excision of redundant skin.
Maximizing excision of body skin may be isolated to a full tummy tuck or require a more comprehensive surgical design that has been termed the total body lift. The total body lift can include all or part of the following surgeries that include Brachioplasty, breast lift or reduction, full tummy tuck, lower body lift that includes a lateral thigh tuck and buttock tuck), as well as a medial thigh tuck.
All the above maneuvers are intended to maximally remove the skin from the body thereby elevating patient HDL body scores from a range of 2 to 3 up to a 5 through 8.
These procedures are also intended to remove any and all areas of skin texture changes. Skin texture changes are typically depicted as stretch marks. When stretch marks are focal, then strategic mini tucks can be considered. This scenario describes stretch marks that be observed over the lower belly and upper pubic region well below the belly button.
In contrast, if stretch marks extend well above the belly button, then a full tummy tuck should be considered which will help eliminate more extensive skin texture changes.
Three months following completion of their first stage of body contouring, patients may consider the second stage of body contouring to eliminate excess fat and further optimize minimal to moderate residual skin redundancy. At this second stage, we use to combination of ultrasound-assisted liposuction as well as Renuvion minimally invasive skin tightening to advance your body contouring score from the range of 5 to 8 to a near-perfect 9 or 10.
The near-perfect 9 or 10 HDL body score is what all of our patients strive for. From your first consultation, Dr. Mowlavi will map out your treatment course. You will have any or all of your areas evaluated on his HDL body scale and this will help determine the treatment plant that will be meet your goals. For patients with extensive skin redundancy or diffuse extent of skin texture changes, the staged body contouring protocol will be recommended.
Today, patients who may have felt far gone can be reassured that an effective high definition body contouring protocol can be used to achieve high definition body contouring outcomes. Please appreciate that not all patients are seeking to become a near-perfect 9 or 10. In fact, a large majority of patients are satisfied even after the first stage of surgery that transforms their body from 2 to 3 up to 5 to 8.
Staged body contouring is an essential aspect of Dr. Mowlavi’s body sculpting success. By identifying patients with moderate to severe skin redundancy, he can avoid the botched liposuction results that result from fat removal without consideration of skin redundancy.
If you feel that you might be a good candidate for staged body contouring, we encourage you to set up a complimentary virtual consultation with Dr. Mowlavi today.
A 47-year-old female patient enjoys her transformation following staged body contouring.