Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss

Body contouring is a surgical procedure that includes the removal of excess sagging skin and fat from the body by improving the shape of the underlying supportive tissues. The ultimate goal is to achieve a better and proportioned appearance with smoother body contour. Body contouring is required for cases of dramatic weight loss which is equally important for our well-being.

Ideal Candidates for Body Contouring

  • Adults with stable weights.
  • Healthy individuals without any serious medical condition that may interfere the healing.
  • The candidates must be Non-smokers also to avoid complications.
  • Patients must discuss their goals with their surgeons and keep a positive outlook towards the procedure.

The Benefit of Body Contouring

Body contouring is a surgical procedure that helps to get rid of the loose skin to look better and have e greater fit to clothes. Sagging skin may be really painful since it gives rise to issues like rashes and infections. However, body contouring procedures also help in improving the self-esteem.

Body Contouring Procedures

The body contouring procedures include other various cosmetic procedures like-

  • Lower body lift- Here the sagging skin of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs
  • Breast lift- This helps to rectify the sagging skin and flattened breasts.
  • Arm lift- Rectifies the sagging skin of the upper arms.
  • Thigh lift- Removes extra skin of the inner, outer and mid thighs.

Anaesthesia is administered to the patients before beginning with the cosmetic surgical procedure. The anesthesia choices may include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia which the surgeon will choose the best for an individual candidate.

Next, the incisions are made where it is vital to remove the excess skin from the body. In most of the cases, these incisions may be extensive. The incisions type highly depends on the amount of excess skin that has to be removed basing on personal preference accompanied by doctor’s suggestion.

The modern strategic procedures allow placing the incisions to be placed in strategic locations so that they are hidden within the natural creases of the body.

It must be remembered that the results of body contouring are not obtained immediately. If losing of extra weight takes around two years, the final results of body contouring may also require equal time to bring the complete results.

  • Body Lift- A complete lower body lift is capable of treating buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and outer thighs all under one procedure. The incision patterns may vary and may include a circumferential incision around the body to remove the belt of excess skin and fat.
  • Gynecomastia surgery- The incision is patterned in such a way that aims in lifting a man’s sagging breast depending on the presence of the amount of excess skin to be removed. In such procedure, one or a combination of one incision may be necessary to reduce the male breast size and flatten and enhance the chest contours.
  • Breast lift incision patterns for lifting a woman’s sagging breast is determined by the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. one or more incisions may be required that too in a circular pattern around the areola and then verticaly in a line that extends from the areola to the breast crease. A breast implant may also be used to give a proper shape and size to the breasts.
  • Arm lift- The sagging skin of the upper arm is treated with an incision from the underarm area that extends along the inside or back of the upper arm. Additional incisions may also be required on the arms which may be necessary if there are other areas with excess skin.
  • Thigh lift- Rectifying the inner thighs is achieved by making the incisions up to the groin which extends down up to the knee along the inseam of the thigh. To achieve the best contour of the outer thigh another incision extending from groin to the hip may also be necessary.

Recovering After Body Contouring

Immediately after undergoing the procedure the incisions are dressed or bandaged for complete healing. Thin drainage tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin that will help to drain out the excess blood or fluid out from the body. The first week is usually the worst but the candidates may start feeling good for approximately two to three weeks. The candidate may feel some discomfort, swelling, and numbness. However, most of the candidates recover within few weeks but vigorous exercises are prohibited.

Risks and Limitations of Body Contouring

There are no such serious risks that are associated with the procedure. There are a few common surgical side effects that may be included such as reaction to anesthesia, hematoma, and infection and bleed, change in sensation, scarring, etc. But the potential complications of the surgery can essentially be minimised by following the instruction provided by your surgeon.

Results

The results are in most cases permanent or long lasting unless the candidate gains significant weight. The surgery results may also be altered with normal aging.  However, the breast implants are not permanent and they need to replace after 10 years. Finally to maintain the results candidates must maintain a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise.

Body Contouring Cost

The average cost of body contouring surgery may vary depending on various factors like the procedures undergone, the geographic location of the procedure, the experience, and expertise of the cosmetic surgeon. Health insurance plans do not cover the body contouring surgeries.

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