Dr. Leo Lapuerta is a triple-board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in body contouring surgery in Pearland, Houston, and Katy, TX. This is a surgery that represents a variety of tightening procedures for individuals who wish to enhance certain areas of the body achieve dramatic results. For weight loss patients and new moms, in particular, these surgeries trim away and tighten loose and sagging skin, remove excess fat, and lift areas that droop. Surgeon skill, progressive medical engineering, and advanced product technology have allowed body contouring procedures to create life-changing results for men and women.
"Great work! Caring doc!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 23, 2017
"Love Dr. Lapuerta and his staff! They are professional, always available to you, and they make you feel comfortable in their office. They listen to your concerns and wants without pushing you into making a decision right away. I would highly recommend this office!"- M.C. / Google / Jan 01, 2018
"Loved the whole experience! Everything was explained clearly. The staff was great and made me feel comfortable and welcomed, after the procedure I was sore but not in pain. I’m very happy with my results, it was absolutely worth the pay!"- C.R. / Healthgrades / Dec 14, 2017
"Dr. La Puerta and his staff are top notch. I wish I had done this years ago."- C.L. / Google / Dec 11, 2017
"I had a Breast Augmentation done. I had an awesome experience from the Doctor all the way down to his staff. When I went for my consultation I didn’t feel rushed Dr. Lapuerta took his time and answered all my questions. I was very pleased with him because I wanted to go really big and he was very honest with me about going to big. The day of my Surgery I was very nervous and you could tell, but my Nurse, Dr. Lapuerta and the Anesthesia made me feel so comfortable."- E. / Healthgrades / Dec 07, 2017
Body contouring surgery can reshape, tighten and rejuvenate almost any area of the body, creating a newer, sleeker contour. In many cases, liposuction will be included during surgery. Common areas addressed include the neck, arms, breasts, abdomen, hips, buttocks, knees and thighs. During the initial consultation, the areas of the body that cause concern will be assessed and a surgery plan will be discussed. Some procedures may be combined into one surgery. For some individuals, in order to achieve the desired results, multiple surgeries may need to be staged over time.
All body contouring procedures are performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The duration of the surgery and the time spent in the hospital will depend on what surgery was performed, as well as how many were combined. While the recovery can be somewhat trying, the majority of patients feel that a new, tighter body is worth it. Patients will notice marked improvement with sagging features, as well as see a smoother skin appearance. Patients should adhere to a healthy lifestyle, and limit sun exposure so the surgical results are not compromised.’
The price for a body contouring procedure will fluctuate. The final cost will be based on the extent of the surgery, how many techniques were combined and how many days are required in the hospital. During the initial consultation, a tailored surgical plan will be created and the costs will be outlined.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,000 - $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-8 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In & Outpatient
Body Contouring FAQs
How Many Procedures?
During the consultation, the surgeon will assess the overall physical health of the patient to determine what procedures should be performed, and how many in a single setting. Depending how many body parts will be addressed, as well as the extent of the surgeries, certain procedures will be grouped together. In many cases, the upper body will be addressed in one surgery and the lower in another. Staging the procedures helps to reduce the risk of complications such as blood loss and infection, as well as minimize the length of time it takes to recover.
Weight Loss and Timing?
Body contouring is very common among weight loss patients. Most plastic surgeons will want the patient to be at or as close to their goal weight as possible. Patients who find it difficult to lose additional pounds because of loose and hanging skin can usually move forward with a skin reduction or body contouring procedure. This takes them over the “hump” and allows them to become more mobile which helps lose the final pounds.
Same as Mommy Makeover?
In some degree, yes. A mommy makeover simply groups together certain body contouring procedures to address the most common body parts affected by pregnancy. This usually entails the breast, abdomen, hips and buttocks. While body contouring itself can apply to many other areas on the body, a mommy makeover typically only addresses the areas affected by pregnancy, childbirth and nursing.
What About Scarring?
Some body contouring procedures will result in scarring. However, the surgeon will make every effort possible to minimize these scars. In most cases, they will be hidden under bathing suit garments and within the natural folds of the skin. Some scarring may be evident, but these will lighten over time. Most patients feel the results of a body contouring procedure are worth it and the scars become secondary.