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Body Contouring in San Diego, CA

Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center offers body contouring for men and women in San Diego, La Jolla, and Carmel Valley, as well as surrounding areas of California. Body contouring is recommended for areas of the body that have stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.

What Is Body Contouring?

Body contouring at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center encompasses procedures that remove pockets of stubborn fat and areas of loose, sagging skin. Both of these concerns cannot be remedied with diet and exercise alone. You can see the results in our body contouring surgery before and after pictures.

Body Contouring in San Diego, CA

 How Much Does Body Contouring Cost?

As part of your free body contouring surgery consultation, we explain the costs associated with your personalized treatment and skin care plan. Multiple financing options are available, and you can apply before your consultation.

  • Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
    • Starts at $9,800
    • The arm lift procedure helps with sagging, bulging fat, and other concerns in the upper arm area.
  • Body Lift
    • Starts at $8,000
    • The body lift is most often recommended after an individual has lost a massive amount of weight and has skin folds and residual fat.
  • Brazilian Butt Lift
    • Starts at $9,000
    • We use fat grafts from your body to enhance the contours of the buttocks to create a shapelier and fuller appearance.
  • Belladerma Mini Tummy Tuck™
    • Starts at $6,900
    • Our Belladerma Mini Tummy Tuck™ was developed by one of our plastic surgeons to improve patient satisfaction while reducing downtime and recovery.
  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
    • Starts at $9,500
    • The abdominal area may develop lax muscles, fat, and loose skin that can be corrected with a tummy tuck to restore a toned appearance.
  • Liposuction
    • Starts at $5,000
    • Liposuction may be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures to remove extra fat.
  • Mommy Makeover
    • Our mommy makeover is a customized package of procedures that help women after they give birth and want their pre-pregnancy figure.
  • Thigh Lift
    • Starts at $20,000
    • A thigh lift can be performed on the inner and/or outer thighs to help with sagging skin and fat.

What Is an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, improves unattractive contours caused by sagging skin, muscle laxity, and excess fat in the upper arms. Usually related to weight loss or the natural effects of aging, loose skin obscures the contours of the upper arms. The condition cannot be reversed through exercise or diet changes; it must be surgically treated.

An arm lift eliminates the excess skin, tightens the underlying tissue, and removes small pockets of excess fat for slimmer and smoother-looking arms. You can see the results in our arm lift surgery before and after pictures.

How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost in San Diego, CA?

The average cost of arm lift surgery at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center starts at $9,800. As part of your consultation, we explain the costs associated with your personalized treatment and skin care plan. Multiple financing options are available, and you can apply before your consultation.

How Is Arm Lift Surgery Performed?

During arm lift, excess sagging arm skin is excised. Localized pockets of excess fat are removed via liposuction techniques, and the tissue is tightened and sculpted for better definition in the upper arm’s shape. Internal sutures are placed to support the tissue’s new contours. The skin is tightened around the arm for a firmer, more toned result.

An arm lift is performed through an incision on the inside or back of the arm. The length of the incision depends on the amount of excess skin and degree of correction needed. Depending on the needs of the individual patient, an arm lift can be combined with additional body contouring procedures for a more comprehensive transformation.

What Can I Expect During Arm Lift Recovery?

Recovering from arm lift surgery can take several weeks. The upper arm will be tender, bruised, and swollen. You will wear a compression garment to promote healing, and activities will need to be limited.

What Results Can I Expect from an Arm Lift?

After healing from surgery, the arms look slimmer and more attractive. The skin is firmer and smoother. Patients find it easier to fit into sleeved shirts and have more confidence wearing sleeveless options. Some patients enjoy improved range of motion and are more active after arm lift surgery.

Am I a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

Dr. Mozaffari personally meets with every candidate considering arm lift to discuss his or her specific concerns, and to examine their arms. Candidates usually share one or more of the following concerns:

  • Arms that look disproportionately larger than the rest of the body
  • Difficulty fitting into sleeved shirts
  • Embarrassment wearing sleeveless shirts
  • Infections, rashes, and chafing in the skin folds

After a candid conversation, Dr. Mozaffari determines whether arm lift is a suitable solution based on the candidate’s needs and goals. If so, he drafts a plan of treatment.

What Is a Body Lift?

A body lift is an extensive type of plastic surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the upper and/or lower body. This type of surgery is most often performed on men and women who lose a massive amount of weight. Skin folds remain after the reduction in weight because the skin has been stretched beyond its ability to conform to the body. Men and women in this situation may also have localized pockets of fat that cannot be reduced with diet and exercise. You can see the results in our body lift before and after pictures.

How Much Does a Body Lift Cost?

The average cost of body lift surgery at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center starts at $8,000. As part of your consultation, we explain the costs associated with your personalized treatment and skin care plan. Multiple financing options are available, and you can apply before your consultation.

How Is a Body Lift Performed?

Dr. Mozaffari may recommend an upper and/or lower body lift for you. The upper body lift focuses on the arms, breasts, chest, back, and abdomen. The lower body lift focuses on the thighs, buttocks, flanks, and abdomen. Due to the extent of this surgery, it may be performed in a hospital setting, and you may need to stay overnight after the procedure.

What Is Recovery Like After a Body Lift?

Recovery after body lift surgery is quite lengthy. We will explain the details of your healing process during the consultation.

What Is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is an alternative to silicone implants for improving your backside. Silicone implants are still used in plastic surgery, but the limitations of these medical devices mean that some men and women would prefer to forego butt enhancement.

BBL works by introducing fat grafts into the buttocks. The grafts are taken from your body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or back. BBL surgery is less extensive than implants, so the recovery is shorter. You can see how natural the results are in our BBL before and after pictures.

How Much Does a Brazilian Butt Lift Cost?

The average cost of a Brazilian butt lift at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center starts at $9,000. As part of your consultation, we explain the costs associated with your personalized treatment and skin care plan. Multiple financing options are available, and you can apply before your consultation.

What Happens During Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery?

The Brazilian butt lift procedure involves two steps. First, we use liposuction to harvest a small amount of fat from an area where you have some excess. If you are scheduled for a liposuction procedure, we will reserve some of the fat for the BBL and perform both procedures during the same appointment. Once the fat is harvested, we purify it prior to injecting it into the buttocks. Dr. Mozaffari skillfully introduces small amounts of fat to sculpt the backside and preserve a natural appearance.

What Happens During Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery?

The results that you see in our Brazilian butt lift before and after pictures are after the patients have completely healed. This can take a few weeks.

What Is the Belladerma Mini Tummy Tuck™?

Our exclusive Belladerma Mini Tummy Tuck™ technique was developed by Dr. Bucko and Dr. Mozaffari to improve patient recovery and satisfaction. A mini tummy tuck is used to remove excess fat from the area below the bellybutton. This type of surgery, as well as a full tummy tuck, traditionally rely on drains to manage fluid inside the surgical area.

Drains present several potential complications for patients, so we developed a unique technique of closing the incisions that eliminates the need for drains. Our patients are able to rest and allow their bodies to heal much better as a result.

How Much Does a Belladerma Mini Tummy Tuck™ Cost?

The average cost of the Belladerma Mini Tummy Tuck™ starts at $6,900. As part of your consultation, we explain the costs associated with your personalized treatment and skin care plan. Financing is available through CareCredit®, and you can apply before your consultation.

How Is A Tummy Tuck™ Performed?

The key to our exceptional results with the Belladerma Mini Tummy Tuck™ is how we close your incision. We apply a progressive tension to the sutures to reduce pockets where fluid tends to build up during recovery. We also use a special pain medication that eliminates the need for catheters.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction removes targeted excess fat deposits. It is not a weight loss procedure and is not designed for individuals that are seriously overweight or obese.

The procedure may improve the shape and contour of several areas of the body, including the:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Back/bra line
  • Upper arms
  • Neck

How Much Does Liposuction Cost In San Diego?

The average cost of liposuction at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center starts at $5,000. As part of your consultation, we explain the costs associated with your personalized treatment and skin care plan. Multiple financing options are available, and you can apply before your consultation.

How Is Liposuction Performed?

During the procedure, excess fat cells are removed with a thin tube and gentle suction through tiny incisions. Dr. Mozaffari is careful not to overcorrect or under-correct the area; the right amount of fat must be removed in order to produce a result that looks balanced and proportional. Dr. Mozaffari’s experience assures an artistic approach to the procedure.

What Results Can I Expect from Liposuction?

If you take a look at our liposuction before and after, thighs, abdomen, and other areas of the body look slimmer after liposuction. If the procedure is performed alone, you may have some swelling and tenderness. Liposuction can also be combined with other surgeries. In these cases, recovery is more intensive. We explain liposuction post op care during your consultation.

Are the Results of Liposuction Permanent?

Once the fat cells are removed as highlighted in our liposuction before and after pics, they will not grow back, as long as the patient maintains their weight and healthy lifestyle habits. Many people that have liposuction actually find that the fat removal makes exercising a more pleasant experience, so they are motivated to maintain their new look.

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Dr. Mozaffari meets with each patient individually to discuss their body contouring needs. The patient is asked to identify problematic areas of their figure, and should describe their ideal cosmetic outcome. Dr. Mozaffari performs a physical examination of the patient’s body, noting factors such as the amount of excess fat and the elasticity of the skin. If he determines liposuction is a suitable treatment option, he suggests a plan of correction.

In some cases, Dr. Mozaffari recommends an alternative body contouring option — for example, tummy tuck or body lift — if the patient has additional concerns such as saggy, stretched-out skin or damaged musculature. Dr. Mozaffari also offers non-surgical CoolSculpting® as an alternative to liposuction treatment for some patients.

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What Is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is customized to the needs of the individual patient. The procedures included in a mommy makeover are selected based on the specific problem areas.

A mommy makeover could include any of the following treatment options:

  • Breast lift to restore sagging breasts to a more attractive position on the chest
  • Breast augmentation to enhance the size and shape of breasts
  • Breast reduction to reduce oversized, heavy breasts
  • Tummy tuck to flatten a flabby or protruding abdomen and eliminate stretched-out abdominal skin
  • Liposuction to eliminate unwanted fat from the stomach, hips, thighs, legs, arms, and lower back

Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari usually combine these procedures into one operation so that there is only one recovery. Undergoing a mommy makeover allows women to achieve and show off their overall desired look sooner. As an added benefit, undergoing a mommy makeover means patients only have to pay for certain fees (like operating room fees and anesthesiologist fees) one time only. You can see the results in our mommy makeover before and after pics.

How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost in San Diego, CA?

The average cost of a mommy makeover is dependent on the combination of surgeries you choose to help you achieve your desired results. As part of your consultation, we explain the costs associated with your personalized treatment and skin care plan. Multiple financing options are available, and you can apply before your consultation.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

For the best results, a mommy makeover candidate should be at a healthy weight close to their target weight, follow healthy lifestyle habits, and not plan to have any more biological children. Future pregnancies could reverse the effects of a mommy makeover. Dr. Mozaffari can explain more in person during a consultation.

Does a Mommy Makeover Leave Scars?

Like all surgical procedures, scarring is inevitable with a mommy makeover. Dr. Mozaffari is known for his superior incision techniques; he strategically places tummy tuck incisions low enough where they are easily concealed by the underwear line or natural creases.

For breast augmentation and breast lift, Dr. Mozaffari uses incision patterns that leave minimal scarring. Over time and with good care, the subsequent scars should fade dramatically. Dr. Mozaffari provides patients detailed instructions on how to care for their incisions and scars so they heal quickly and properly.

What Should I Expect During Mommy Makeover Recovery?

The results that you see in our mommy makeover before and after is at the end of the healing period. The initial recovery period for mommy makeover typically takes two weeks. During this time, patients will need to take time off from work and other normal activities including bending and lifting heavy objects.

It is recommended that patients enlist a loved one to help with childcare, household chores, and errands. Although vigorous exercise is off limits during the first weeks of recovery, Dr. Mozaffari recommends that patients take short walks to promote good circulation. Other than this, patients need to get as much bed rest as possible.

Follow-up appointments with Dr. Mozaffari are important to ensure that the patient is healing safely. Depending on the healing progress, Dr. Mozaffari may make modifications to the recovery or provide recommendations on when the patient can return to work or resume other normal activities.

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When Will I See the Results of My Mommy Makeover?

Although patients will notice some changes to their body immediately after surgery, it may take several months or even a year for the final results to become visible. This is because it takes time for any residual swelling to go down, scars to fade and, if the patient undergoes breast enhancement, for the breasts to settle into their final position. The best thing patients can do to ensure beautiful results is to be patient and not rush their recovery process.

How Long Do the Results of My Mommy Makeover Last?

Results from mommy makeover can be long-lasting. In order to maintain their slimmer and more attractive physique, mommy makeover patients should practice a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a stable weight, eating healthily, and exercising regularly. Future weight gain can sabotage results from a mommy makeover.

What Is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

Tummy tuck surgery addresses common concerns with the appearance of the abdomen. These concerns are often related to pregnancy, substantial weight loss, weight gain, or simply the effects of aging. After surgery, the abdomen looks flatter, the midsection looks leaner and the skin looks tighter. Tummy tuck can significantly change the way a person feels about their body. The waist is also often narrowed by the accompanying liposculpture.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in San Diego, CA?

The average cost of a tummy tuck at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center starts at $9,500. As part of your consultation, we explain the costs associated with your personalized treatment and skin care plan. Financing is available through CareCredit®, and you can apply before your consultation.

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What Is the Belladerma Mini Tummy Tuck™?

We use the same exclusive technique for our Belladerma Mini Tummy Tuck™, yet the surgery focuses only on the lower abdominal area.

How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

As Dr. Mozaffari operates, he uses progressive tension sutures to attach the abdominal skin, fold by fold, to the underlying tissue. This leaves minimal areas or pockets where fluid can accumulate. Dr. Mozaffari injects a long-lasting, non-narcotic pain medication called Exparel during surgery, and it lasts for approximately 72 hours.

This also replaces the “Pain Pump” catheters traditionally left in place for four days after surgery. This pain relief allows patients to get up and move around after surgery much sooner than they could with drains (which is important for preventing blood clots). Patients are able to shower the day after surgery and they have less pain and anxiety about dealing with drains and catheters or their removal. Not only is the risk of seromas lower with drainless tummy tucks, but so is the risk of infections. Patients go home with no tubes.

What Is A Drainless Tummy Tuck?

Traditionally, tummy tuck surgeons have used drains during a patient’s recovery to prevent seroma, or fluid accumulation, after surgery. These drains were secured to the skin with plastic tubing to collect fluid; they remained in place for approximately four to 14 days, at which point they had to be removed during a follow-up appointment.

However, many surgeons, including Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari, discovered there were numerous downsides to using drains. The drains and plastic tubing caused patients pain and anxiety, and prevented them from being able to shower and move around comfortably after surgery. Ultimately, Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari made the decision to perform “drainless” tummy tucks, using special techniques to avoid the need for drains altogether.

What Can I Expect During Tummy Tuck Recovery?

Recovery from a tummy tuck can take up to six months. If you look at our tummy tuck before and after, scar development is normal.

What Results Can I Expect from a Tummy Tuck?

After healing, the abdomen is flatter and looks more toned, and the skin tightly hugs the abdominal contours. Stretch marks may be improved or eliminated, depending on their location and severity and excess flank and waist fat is removed with liposuction also.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Most candidates seeking tummy tuck have one or more of the following concerns:

  • Unwanted fat deposits on the abdomen and flanks/ waist
  • Loose skin that hangs off the lower abdomen
  • Separated or weakened bulging abdominal muscles

Dr. Mozaffari have a conversation with each candidate about his or her specific concerns and performs a physical evaluation to determine the extent of correction needed. The surgeons also inquire about the patient’s ideal cosmetic outcome, and advise whether this is realistically achievable. If not, they can gently adjust the patient’s expectations, or suggest a more suitable treatment alternative.

What Is Thigh Lift Surgery?

The thigh lift operation removes the excess skin, and in some cases small amounts of fat, on the inner and outer thighs. It reduces noticeable “saddlebags” and may improve the appearance of dimpled, puckered cellulite. After surgery, the thighs look firmer, tighter, and more defined.

How Much Does a Thigh Lift Cost in San Diego, CA?

The average cost of a thigh lift starts at $20,000. As part of your consultation, we explain the costs associated with your personalized treatment and skin care plan. Multiple financing options are available, and you can apply before your consultation.

How Is a Thigh Lift Performed?

You can see the results of thigh lift surgery in our thigh lift before and after pictures. The incision for the surgery is lengthy and typically extends from above the knee to the point where the upper thigh meets the pelvic area. After making the incision, Dr. Mozaffari removes excess skin and fat before pulling the skin taut over the thigh area.

What Can I Expect During Thigh Lift Recovery?

You will need to rest at home after your thigh lift surgery. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort is normal. We will provide aftercare instructions before you leave our practice.

What Are the Different Types of Thigh Lift Surgery?

There are several types of thigh lift procedures, which differ mostly by incision type and area of focus. The inner thigh lift, for example, is best for reducing a moderate amount of excess skin and fat in the upper, inner thigh area through an incision in the groin fold.

An outer thigh lift is performed through an extended incision to target the outer portion of the thighs. Total thighplasty reshapes the front, back, inner, and outer areas of the thigh through an incision in the crease of the buttocks and the belt line. Dr. Mozaffari selects the best option based on the specific needs of the patient.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Thigh Lift?

Dr. Mozaffari meets with every candidate on a personal basis to discuss their specific body contouring needs. He asks them to identify their areas of concern and describe their ideal cosmetic outcome, before recommending a plan of treatment.

Sometimes candidates think they need thigh lift surgery, but actually can benefit from liposuction alone. Liposuction removes excess fat deposits without removing any excess skin. It is suitable for patients with good skin elasticity and skin that naturally “hugs” the thigh contours. Thigh lift may involve a liposuction/liposculpture component to reduce small amounts of excess fat, but is primarily intended to eliminate excess skin and lift/tighten the remaining skin.