Weight loss, pregnancy, aging, and genetics can all contribute to problem areas that seem impossible to slim down on your own.
In some cases, Dr. Stephanie Peng might recommend surgical body contouring to provide a lasting solution to excess skin and fat.
Learn why so many patients in Minnetonka, MN, and greater Minneapolis choose body contouring with our board-certified plastic surgeon...
Can Body Contouring Refine?
Body contouring is used to improve the natural contours of your skin and underlying tissue. It can smooth excess skin and fat from your:
Our Plastic Surgeon Forms Genuine Relationships with Patients
When you visit our practice, you won't just be meeting your potential doctor. You will find a plastic surgeon who believes in forming a real relationship with patients. From listening to what you have to say to giving you caring and honest answers, Dr. Peng works hard to earn your trust.
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If age, pregnancy, or weight loss has resulted in sagging skin or stubborn fat deposits, consider what body contouring procedures can do for you. Our plastic surgery team can design a fully customized treatment plan to meet your needs.
Dr. Stephanie Peng is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is dedicated to restoring form, function, and beauty so our patients can live confident, fulfilling lives. Schedule a consultation at our Minnetonka, MN, practice today. Request an appointment online anytime or call us at:
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Patients Can Choose From Several Procedures
Body Contouring Treatments
Liposuction is an effective treatment for targeting stubborn areas of excess fat. During this procedure, Dr. Peng uses a thin cannula to remove fat cells and smooth your contours. Keep in mind that liposuction is not intended as a weight-loss procedure, but it can be an efficient way to remove pockets of fat that don't improve with diet changes or exercise.
It's common for excess fat and skin to accumulate on the upper arms. A brachioplasty, or arm lift, eliminates excess fat, tightens the skin and underlying muscles, and reduces sagging. Candidates should be at or near their ideal body weight and should not have any medical conditions that impair the body's healing capacity.
Over time, breastfeeding, pregnancy, and aging can cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape. Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, can raise the breasts, remove excess skin, and restore a firmer, more youthful figure. Some patients even combine a breast lift with breast augmentation, especially if they want to enhance the size of their breasts.
Extra skin around the inner or outer thighs can hinder your comfort and make you look much older than you really are. A thigh lift at our Minnetonka, MN, practice involves fat removal, excision of excess skin, and repositioning of the underlying tissues and muscles. Finally, the remaining skin is gently tightened and smoothed, revealing a more youthful look.
An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, helps patients achieve a flatter, more proportionate midsection. During this procedure, Dr. Peng removes excess fat and tissue, then restores and tightens stretched or separated abdominal muscles. Finally, the remaining tissue is smoothed, stretched, and sutured into place.
Do I Qualify for Treatment?
In order to be considered a candidate, you must meet a few criteria. For example, patients should:
Be in Good Overall Health
Body contouring procedures are not designed to promote weight loss so you should be in good health and near your goal weight.
Have Realistic Expectations
It's important to understand what body contouring procedures can achieve for your unique body type. Dr. Peng can go over your options in detail.
Be Committed to Recovery
If you choose to undergo body contouring treatment, it's important to adhere to a healthy diet and lifestyle so that you can maintain your results.
What Happens If I'm Not a Candidate?
Our board-certified plastic surgeon will make sure that you're eligible for treatment during a consultation. If it is not safe or if you are not ready for body contouring yet, she will thoroughly explain why.
It's possible that you may still be able to revisit the idea of body contouring after you have reached candidacy requirements, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, or finishing having children.
Dr. Peng may be able to suggest alternatives or the next steps you need to take to improve your candidacy so that you can come back to her welcoming Minnetonka office when you're ready for treatment.
A Trusted Minnetonka, MN, Plastic Surgeon Who Cares For Her Patients
"Dr. Peng and her staff are kind & caring. They take their time with you and explain things thoroughly. Dr. Peng has made me feel very comfortable with my treatment & I am very happy I choose her to be my Doctor." Dana
Seeking Refinement After Weight Loss? You're Not Alone
Take the Last Step Towards Finding Your New Figure
If you've done the hard work of losing weight but now have extra skin, you can still have a smooth figure. Dr. Peng uses body contouring to enhance areas like the buttocks, thighs, and abdomen.
She can safely remove excess skin and fat, creating a smoother figure and improving the fit of your clothes. That way, you can truly enjoy the results of your weight loss journey.
If you're ready to see what's possible, contact our friendly Minnetonka, MN, team or call
Explore the Exciting Possibilities
When you feel your best, it shows.
If you've been unhappy with certain areas of your body, you owe it to yourself to explore your treatment options.
Recovery after Body Contouring
During a consultation at our Minnetonka office, Dr. Peng will take all the time necessary to learn about your concerns, goals, and lifestyle. Once you decide on which procedures are right for you, she will also let you know approximately how long your recovery should take.
We have found that in order to ensure the best results, patients need to spend adequate time preparing for their recovery from the very start. A less invasive procedure like liposuction will allow you to return to work and other obligations more quickly. Abdominoplasty or a butt lift, however, requires substantial care and downtime and this is especially true for a more comprehensive treatment plan like a mommy makeover.
Paying for Treatment
Cosmetic Treatment and Insurance
Many patients at our Minneapolis practice want to know if plastic surgery is covered under insurance. In some cases, the answer is yes. Whether or not your particular case is eligible for full or partial coverage boils down to if it is considered medically necessary or not. Let's consider two scenarios. In the first, a large amount of excess tissue on a patient's abdomen results in chronic skin infections. Since surgery can alleviate this health concern, they might be eligible for insurance coverage. In another, the patient is unhappy with pockets of stubborn fat on the outside of her hips but the concern is largely cosmetic so her treatment would be considered elective.
Flexible Financing Options
In order to receive an estimate and learn whether insurance could apply to your case, you will need to meet with Dr. Peng. She always strives to provide patients with the best value without compromising the quality of their results or their safety. If insurance doesn't cover your cosmetic surgery, rest assured we can help you afford the treatment you deserve with flexible financing solutions. We are proud to accept CareCredit® to cover out-of-pocket costs. This option allows you to pay off treatment in low monthly installments. Ask our financial experts if CareCredit is right for you.