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.