When performed by a sensitive and skilled plastic surgeon, body contouring can play an important role in helping individuals align their gender identity with their outward appearance. Dr. Rebecca Garza, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Schererville, Indiana, offers an array of gender affirming procedures that can be deeply empowering.

Patients from Crown Point, Munster, and the surrounding areas trust Dr. Garza’s meticulous technique, sensitive approach, and understanding of how to sculpt and refine the body for different gender presentations.

What Is Body Contouring for Gender Affirmation?

Body contouring in the context of gender affirmation is designed to give patients body proportions and contours that suit their desired appearance, whether it be more feminine, masculine, or gender-neutral. The following procedures can help eliminate unwanted fat, slim and flatten the abdomen, and help patients have the overall body shape that is right for them.

The key body contouring procedures that Dr. Garza offers include:

  • Liposuction: Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that removes excess fat from targeted areas of your body, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, and more. It can create smoother contours and enhance your body’s proportions.
  • Abdominoplasty: Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is ideal for those looking to address excess skin and muscle laxity in the abdominal area. It can provide a flatter, firmer abdomen and a slimmer waist.
  • Fat transfer: Fat transfer removes fat from one area of your body and transfers it to another area where volume is desired. This procedure is often used for breast enhancement, to augment the hips, or as an alternative to dermal fillers in the cheeks and mid-face.

Your Body Contouring Consultation With Dr. Garza

Your consultation with Dr. Garza is a personalized experience that focuses on your needs and desires. She is known for her compassionate and thorough approach, ensuring you have the time to ask questions and make informed decisions about your treatment plan. She values your input and encourages you to ask questions and have a clear vision of what you are hoping to achieve. There’s no rush, and you won’t be pressured into making any decisions before you are ready.

Gender Affirmation Surgery Before and After Photos

To better understand the types of results that are possible, Dr. Garza will share some of her patients’ before and after body contouring photos with you during your consultation. You will be able to see how certain procedures can work alone or together (such as an abdominoplasty with or without liposuction) and visualize your potential outcome.

Dr. Garza

Meet Your Surgeon,
Rebecca Garza, M.D.

Dr. Garza is one of the most accomplished female board-certified plastic surgeons in Indiana and the Chicagoland area. She completed elite fellowship training and is active in several prestigious professional associations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Aesthetic Society, and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. She performs a full range of facial procedures, as well as breast enhancement and body contouring, all tailored to your personal needs.

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Complementary Procedures

In addition to the primary body contouring procedures listed above, Dr. Garza may recommend complementary treatments to achieve your desired results. These may include top surgery, upper body lift, or lower body lift to further refine your physique, including your arms and thighs.

What To Expect From Your Body Contouring Surgery

Body contouring procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis, allowing you to recover in the comfort of your home. Depending on your surgical treatment plan and how extensive your selected procedure(s) is, Dr. Garza may use general anesthetic or local anesthetic with sedation.

Dr. Garza utilizes tumescent liposuction to remove fat through a hollow tube called a cannula. If your surgery also involves fat transfer, this fat is then purified and strategically injected to add soft, natural volume to another part of the body.

If your body contouring involves an abdominoplasty, Dr. Garza will tighten the skin of your abdomen and trim away the excess to create a flatter stomach. She will also repair any muscle separation contributing to a lower belly “pooch” or a thicker waist.

Once the desired corrections have been made, Dr. Garza will meticulously close your incisions, apply surgical drains or compression garments as needed, and ensure you understand all postoperative instructions for your recovery.

Body Contouring Recovery

Recovery from body contouring surgery varies depending on the procedure performed. Patients can expect some bruising, swelling, and discomfort in the first few days, which can be managed with pain medication and compression garments.

If you have undergone a tummy tuck, your recovery period will be longer than that of liposuction or fat transfer. Dr. Garza will provide a clear timeline for when you can return to work and resume normal activities based on your specific case.

A Reputation Built on Results

A Reputation
Built on Results

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Body Contouring FAQs

How much weight will I lose with liposuction?

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. It is intended for individuals who are at a stable, healthy weight but have fat in certain areas they’d like removed. Dr. Garza can help sculpt a more feminine, masculine, or gender-neutral figure by removing or redistributing fat based on your cosmetic goals.

How long do the results of body contouring procedures last?

The results of your surgery are long-lasting with proper maintenance. That means leading a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and good nutrition.

Trust a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
for Your Body Contouring

Dr. Rebecca Garza is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in body contouring for gender affirmation. Her expertise and commitment to patient satisfaction make her the ideal choice for individuals seeking gender affirmation in Northwest Indiana. Request a consultation or call us at (219) 322-3131 today to get started.