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Body Contouring and Body Sculpting: Houston

Dr. Leo Lapuerta is a triple-board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in body contouring surgery in Pearland, Houston, and Katy, TX. Body contouring procedures include a variety of tightening treatments for individuals who wish to enhance certain areas of the body. These procedures are particularly popular with weight loss patients and new moms, as these surgeries trim away and tighten loose and sagging skin, remove excess fat, and lift droopy areas. The results are often life-changing.

  • Review from ML
  • Source: Google
  • Aug 11, 2019
From the point that I scheduled my initial consultation, the staff has been amazing! I emailed Brandi, the patient consultant, back and forth with questions. She emailed me back promptly answering them each and every time. She was very helpful. During my initial consultation, Dr. Lapuerta and his nurse Jana took time to answer my questions and address my concerns. There was never any pressure from the staff to do more. Surgery went well and once again Dr. Lapuerta addressed any concerns I had before going into operation. I've had very few issues post OP but Dr. Lapuerta assured me that it was all ok. Jana, Dr. Lapuerta's nurse, has been amazing also. I emailed her quite often about my post op care and progress. She too emailed me back promptly. Everyone on Dr. Lapuerta's team shows a compassion toward his patients. They have helped me feel so much better about myself. Everyone has been so kind and helpful. I would definitely recommend Dr. Lapuerta for your needs.

Body Contouring Surgery

Body contouring is an umbrella term, rather than one specific surgery. Ultimately, it is the patient’s desired aesthetic result which a skilled physician achieves through a number of procedures. The unique combination of body contouring procedures the doctor recommends will depend on the patient’s individual body, history, health, and goals. 

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. Following a body sculpting procedure, patients will notice marked improvement with sagging features, as well as see a smoother skin appearance. Following their procedure, we recommend that patients adhere to a healthy lifestyle and limit sun exposure so results are not compromised.

Body Contouring Procedures

There are a number of body contouring surgeries available to Dr. Lapuerta’s patients, including:

What to Expect from a Body Contouring Consultation

With Dr. Lapuerta, preparing for a potential body contouring procedure is easy. Once you’ve booked a consultation with us, we’ll invite you to your nearest clinic for a thorough talk with our surgeon, Dr. Leo Lapuerta. During this 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 other individuals, in order to achieve the desired results, multiple surgeries may need to be staged over time. Your consultation with Dr. Lapuerta will help you to determine which of these options works best for you.

Estimated Cost of Body Contouring in Houston

Due to the variety of body contouring procedures offered by Dr. Lapuerta, the exact price of your surgery will depend on a number of factors. The final cost will be based on the extent of the surgery, how many techniques were combined, and how many days are required for in-patient recovery. During the initial consultation, a tailored surgical plan will be created with all costs outlined.


  • 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

What is Body Contouring?
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.
How Many Body Contouring Procedures Are Involved in a Potential Surgery?
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.
When Should I Get Body Contouring After Weight Loss?
Body contouring is very common among weight loss patients. 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. When embarking on this procedure, Dr. Lapuerta suggests that patients be at or as close to their goal weight as possible.
Is Body Contouring the Same as a Mommy Makeover?
In some respects, yes. A mommy makeover groups together certain body contouring procedures to address the body parts most often affected by pregnancy: 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.
Does Body Contouring Leave Scars?
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.
How Long Does Body Sculpting Last?
Given that one’s body contouring journey will be unique to each patient and their needs, there is not one answer to this question. For a more accurate estimation of how long your results will last, we suggest speaking to Dr. Lapuerta about which procedures will work best for you.
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