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Body Contouring


The phrase "body contouring" is used in the aesthetic world to represent a number of surgeries that can be used to sculpt a shapelier silhouette. Men and women who have lost weight, or whose weight has changed frequently over time, may desire to have body contouring at SBA Dermatology to diminish fat, tighten the skin, and sculpt certain areas of the body. In addition, body contouring can be used for individuals who are aging and find that diet and exercise alone no longer provide the shape they desire. Plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion offers numerous body contouring choices, from liposuction, breast lift surgery, and abdominoplasty to fat grafting and laser treatments that tighten the skin. The possibilities to redefine and rejuvenate your physique are endless. Contact our practice in Houston, TX to schedule your body contouring consultation.


"Dr Couvillion kept me talking through my procedure and kept me distracted and was wonderful. His staff is also wonderful. I truly recommend him for any procedure."
- T.L. / Healthgrades / Aug 07, 2019


You could be an ideal candidate for body contouring if you have loose skin, droopy body parts (like the buttocks or breasts), or stubborn fat that is not responsive to diet and exercise. The lower back, hips, flanks, neck, and abdomen are examples of areas where fat deposits can collect, causing unsightly bulges. The best candidates for this procedure are individuals in Houston, TX who are at a healthy, ideal weight and dream of a firmer, more defined silhouette.


After your initial visit, Dr. Couvillion will create an aesthetic treatment plan for you. This might include both nonsurgical and surgical treatments. Surgeries, such as liposuction, abdominoplasty, and breast lift or augmentation, typically require the use of general anesthesia. The goal during surgery is to create an incision that can be hidden behind clothing and to diminish unwanted fat and excess skin, leaving a slimmer, tighter contour. Nonsurgical treatments can usually be completed without any need for sedation. This may include laser skin tightening, laser liposuction, injectable fillers, etc.


If you are having a surgical procedure, you can expect to be sent home to rest and recuperate afterward. Nonsurgical treatments typically do not have any downtime. It's not uncommon for some patients to undergo many procedures at once in multiple areas, which may require staying overnight. Body contouring is meant to sculpt your body so whether you have chosen nonsurgical or surgical treatments or a little of both, you can expect a slimmer, tighter body and a more defined profile.


How much does body contouring surgery cost?

The cost of body contouring will be based on what's included in your treatment plan. During your initial consultation, Dr. Couvillion will understand your goals before performing an examination. He will then be able to give you suggestions and help you create your unique surgical plan. Once your plan is made, Dr. Couvillion can estimate your costs and explain your options for payment. SBA Dermatology takes several payment types, including low-interest medical financing.

Will insurance pay for my body contouring surgery?

Although most elective surgeries aren't usually covered by health insurance, it is possible that body contouring could be eligible for insurance coverage. When excess skin is the cause of medical problems, like reoccurring infections, you might be able to get reimbursement from your health insurance. Coverage varies based on your insurance carrier and individual policy, but if you would like to submit an insurance claim, please let Dr. Couvillion know in your initial consultation. A member of our team can help you talk to your insurance for maximum coverage.

What will be part of my body contouring surgery?

The combination of procedures will be outlined in your initial consultation with Dr. Couvillion. Your body contouring might be scheduled in two or more stages based on your general physical health and how many areas are being treated. Generally, the stages will be grouped by combining either the upper body (arms, breasts, stomach, face, neck) or the lower body (buttocks, thighs, flanks, knees). This staging is done to minimize the possibility of complications, like infection and blood loss. This also shortens the length of time for recovery.

Will I have scarring after my surgery?

Since incisions are required, a body contouring procedure will result in scars. Many patients report that when the incisions have fully healed, they no longer worry about scarring since the results are so significant. A skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Couvillion makes an effort to minimize scarring by carefully making the incisions inconspicuously. Post-surgery care is also very important. Skin creams might be recommended to help in your healing. In time, your scars will fade and blend into your normal skin.

How long will my body contouring results last?

If you take good care of yourself, the results of your body contouring surgery will last a long time. The best way to maintain your results is to maintain a steady weight. Dramatic changes in your weight or childbirth after your body contouring surgery can affect your results. Your body will continue to age naturally so you will eventually see loose skin develop after many years. Ask Dr. Couvillion about suggestions that can help you sustain your results.


Whether you want perkier breasts, a fuller bottom, a slimmer waist, or a tighter tummy, body contouring at SBA Dermatology can help you obtain the body you desire. The impact of body contouring following significant weight loss can be visible almost immediately. We encourage you to call our Houston, TX office to arrange a consultation. Allow us to determine your aesthetic goals and create a tailored plan for you. Our team looks forward to helping you.

 When it comes to treating your skin, it's important to choose a specialist who knows the skin inside and out. To meet with one of our board-certified dermatologists or other experienced practitioners, call our office at 713-850-0240.