Longwood Plastic Surgery | Michael Tantillo, M.D.

Body Contouring

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Body Contouring ModelMost of us want to love the body we have, both in and out of clothing. In spite of your efforts to take care of your body, sometimes age and heredity work against you by decreasing skin elasticity and tone. If your weight has fluctuated significantly, your skin might not be as smooth and firm as you would like. Body contouring surgery helps Boston and Rhode Island men and women get rid of sagging skin around the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and backs of the arms. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Tantillo specializes in these life changing procedures.

Ready to find out how body contouring surgery can improve your shape? Request a consultation with Dr. Tantillo and before your visit.

What is Body Contouring?

Women and men visit Dr. Tantillo near Boston for body contouring surgery to enhance their shape by removing loose skin, excess tissue, and annoying fat deposits. It is a customized set of procedures that can include:

  • Body lift, which tightens loose skin and tissue through lateral (outer) thigh & buttock lift, medial (inner) thigh lift, and/or a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
  • Arm lift, technically called brachioplasty, sculpts and tightens the upper arms. For patients with minimal skin sagging concentrated near the armpits, Dr. Tantillo performs a "mini" arm lift, which involves only a small incision that he can conceal within the armpit. Traditional arm lift surgery requires an incision that extends along the inside of the arm from armpit to elbow.

Many of Dr. Tantillo's patients complement their body contouring surgery with liposuction to reduce fat deposits on their arms, thighs, and abdomen that do not respond to diet and exercise.

Who is a Candidate for Body Contouring Surgery?

Ideal candidates for body contouring surgery are women and men who:

  • Maintain a healthy, consistent weight
  • Lead an active lifestyle and do not smoke
  • Have loose, sagging skin that has lost elasticity on the upper arms, abdomen, thighs, and/or buttocks
  • Are not considering additional pregnancies, which could reverse the improvements

At your consultation, Dr. Tantillo will spend time to understand which areas of your body you'd like to improve and to ask plenty of questions. He will create a plan with you to achieve your plastic surgery goals, keeping in mind that some body contouring procedures can be safely performed during the same operation while others will require separate surgical sessions.

Recovery & Results

After your body contouring procedure, treated areas may become sore, swollen, and bruised. You may need to wear compression garments for the first week or 2. Dr. Tantillo clears most of his patients to return to non-strenuous activity, including work, about a week to 10 days following surgery. You'll be provided with specific post-surgical instructions tailored to the type of surgery performed. Body contouring surgery can produce fantastic improvements, but it is important that you maintain a consistent, healthy weight and stay physically active to maximize the longevity of your results.

Your Next Step

It's easy to get started with your cosmetic procedure. Request your consultation with Dr. Tantillo, a board-certified plastic surgeon. Or, call (617) 973-9700 to set up your appointment.

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Michael Tantillo, M.D.