BODY CONTOURING AFTER WEIGHT-LOSS
One or more procedures may be recommended to achieve your goals for a more youthful, contoured body. Significant weight loss or gastric bypass surgery can leave excess skin. A circumferential body lift can eliminate this skin redundancy and improve contours in the abdomen, buttock, thighs and back. The surgery involves removal of the excess skin rolls to leave an area smoother and flatter.
A body lift is performed under general anesthesia and involves rather lengthy scars to address all areas adequately. Skin removal from the abdomen will tighten and flatten this area. By positioning the patient from side to side, additional skin removal from the sides and back will lift the outer thighs and buttock and eliminate back rolls.
Body contouring goals may be achieved in one surgical session or may be more safely performed in stages depending on your overall health, the type and extent of procedures being considered along with the outcome from discussions and recommendations by your plastic surgeon during the consultation process. Improvements to your body’s shape and overall image may be achieved by reducing excess fat and/or sagging skin and tissue.
Following a well-balanced diet to maintain a healthy weight, and exercising consistently to maintain or attain a fit and healthy body are important contributing factors when it comes to an individual’s body image. However, heredity, changes in the body over time such as weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and even aging can result in a change in your body’s proportions and curves that may affect both your body image and self-confidence. Reshaping disproportionate curves or reducing unwanted fat cannot always be achieved through weight loss and exercise alone. Fitness and skin care have little effect on uneven contours or bulges as well as skin that lacks elasticity. Body contouring surgery can help many people reshape body features that cannot be improved by other measures. Body contouring can dramatically improve the shape and proportion of your body, enhancing your appearance and boosting your self-confidence.
Areas treated by body contouring include the neck, upper arms, female and male breasts, abdomen, flanks, back, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees and ankles. Depending on the length and extent of the surgery, you may need to stay one or two nights of overnight recovery in a hospital.