The great majority of people who have weight loss, or bariatric surgery are very happy with the results. They not only lose a great deal of weight fairly quickly, but in many cases the co-morbidities that accompanied their obesity, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension and other problems disappear. But sometimes the price for all of this is sagging skin and pockets of fat that won’t go away, no matter how much they diet and exercise.
The good news is that the board-certified surgeons at Plastic Surgery Specialists are offering patients the benefits of body contouring after weight loss surgeries. Body contouring after weight loss is not one procedure but a variety of operations to contour areas such as the arms, buttocks, thighs and abdomen. These procedures remove unwanted tissue, tighten the skin, and enhance the muscles. Body contouring procedures include:
Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty
Tummy tuck is designed to enhance the appearance of your waist and abdomen, giving you a tighter, flatter tummy. This is accomplished by removing the excess skin and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. You can have a full abdominoplasty or a partial, or mini version of the surgery, depending on your body type. There is also a variant of an abdominoplasty called panniculectomy, which may be covered by insurance. This involves removing excess skin bellow the belly button only and does not include muscle tightening. It may be done as single procedure or in conjunction with a tummy tuck.
Liposuction removes those stubborn areas of fat that remain despite the efforts of diet and exercise. Good candidates for the procedure usually have fairly good skin tone and discrete areas of fat. It is commonly done in the areas of the abdomen, waist, and thighs. Down time is usually minimal with quick return to normal activities.
Some people are surprised that even the skin of their face can become loose and saggy after weight loss surgery. A face lift, paired with a neck lift, can remove that extra skin and restore a more youthful look. Excess skin is removed and the underlying tissue is tightened through small incisions beneath the chin and around the ears. This creates a pleasing contour of the neck and restores the youthful appearance to the face.
A common complaint after weight loss surgery is sagging breasts that have very little shape. A breast lift will remove the extra skin and create a more youthful appearance to the breasts. If there is significant loss of breast volume, augmentation can be done at the same time in order to provide a fuller look.
Bariatric surgery patients often complain about loose skin of the back of their arms. Arm lift or brachioplasty restores the shape of the arms by removing the excess skin and underlying tissue. An incision is made on the inside of the arm between the elbow and the armpit removing the extra skin in between. The result is a much improved contour to the arms which allows the patient to feel comfortable in short sleeves again.
Loose skin in the area of the thighs, particularly the inner thighs, is very common after significant weight loss. There are several procedures available to address this issue. The most common is the medial thigh lift which removes the excess skin and unwanted fat on the upper part of your inner thigh. This gives a tighter more sculpted look to the area of the thighs.
If you’re interested in Body Contouring After Weight Loss, contact our Board Certified plastic surgeons for a complimentary cosmetic consultation. The surgeries are performed in our state- of- the- art surgery center, which includes two accredited operating room suites and a recovery unit.