Dramatic weight loss has many benefits. But after any substantial amount of weight loss due to weight loss surgery and/or lifestyle changes, the skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to conform to the reduced body size.
Surgical body contouring following major weight loss removes excess sagging skin and fat while improving the shape of the underlying support tissue. The result is a better-proportioned appearance with smoother contours.
As with any surgery, you should have realistic expectations, and we will help you understand those at your consultation appointment. Ideal body contouring candidates are:
The success and safety of your body contouring surgery after major weight loss depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss:
Your plastic surgeon will:
It’s very important to understand all aspects of your body contouring procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing any concerns with your plastic surgeon.
Once you have completed your consultation and decided body contouring surgery is right for you, it’s time to prepare for surgery day. We might ask you to:
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.
During your recovery from surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that might collect.
You will be given specific instructions that might include:
The results of body contouring following significant weight loss are visible almost immediately; however, it can take two years or more to see the final results. Visible scars are something you must accept to achieve a body contour that matches your new weight and proportion.
The results of body contouring surgery are generally long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of your initial improvement should remain.
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