Body Contouring


What is Body Contouring?

Body contouring also referred to as body sculpting, are surgical procedures to help with skin removal related to significant weight loss, often bariatric surgery, and is the best option for treating PBES (post-bariatric excess skin). Studies have shown that body contouring can improve a patient’s quality of life, ability to function and mental health.

Types of Body Contouring 

There are several types of body contouring procedures, which can be done alone or in a series of operations over time. Your Mercy surgeon will perform an analysis before recommending a specific surgery or combination or surgeries. Just like any other surgery performed at Mercy, a member of the care team will be with you from your initial consultation, through surgery, recovery and all follow-up care you may need. 

Body Contouring Surgery

Mercy plastic surgeons work closely with your bariatric team to design a program that is safe and effective for your individual needs and budget. There are different kinds of  body contouring surgeries, including:

Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction is another type of body contouring that removes excess fat from a variety of areas. Liposuction is the main procedure used to remove fat from the hip, thighs and/or buttocks and may be used in combination with other skin removal procedures to achieve the best results.

Insurance Coverage for Body Contouring

While insurance coverage for bariatric surgery has expanded, most insurers consider body contouring cosmetic and will not cover it. Insurers that do cover body contouring typically do so if PBES hinders your ability to function or if you have skin integrity issues. Typically, coverage under such plans is limited to abdominoplasty or panniculectomy. Contact your health plan for more details.

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