Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss
If you have lost a significant amount of weight through bariatric surgery, the excess skin can keep you from looking and feeling your best. At our Toledo, OH, practice, Dr. John F. Zavell offers plastic surgery procedures for patients who have undergone massive weight loss through bariatric surgery, such as tummy tucks, arm lifts, and breast lifts. Body contouring after massive weight loss can help eliminate excess skin and tighten the underlying structures for a more contoured appearance.
Common Challenges after Massive Weight Loss
Since excess weight causes the skin to stretch over time, many patients find that their body does not look as toned and trim as expected following dramatic weight loss. Even with exercise, the skin may not conform to your new body. In these cases, body contouring can offer a dramatic solution.
Am I a Candidate?
Patients who have recently lost a substantial amount of weight can qualify for body contouring. It is important to note, however, that individuals should be at a stable weight before undergoing this treatment. In addition, patients should be at their goal weight, since body contouring is not a weight loss procedure. In general, candidates for body contouring should be in good overall health and free from any medical conditions that can make surgery a potential risk. This includes bleeding disorders and autoimmune diseases.
Your commitment to weight loss should be celebrated. Body contouring can accentuate your healthy weight and dedication to overall wellness.
Body Contouring Procedures
There are several body contouring procedures offered at our practice. When two or more are combined into one treatment plan, this is known as a full body lift. Some of the most common procedures include:
- Tummy tuck: Excess skin around the abdomen can be uncomfortable and result in irritation. A tummy tuck, also referred to as abdominoplasty, can remove sagging skin and fat tissue, creating a smoother, flatter abdomen.
- Arm lift: If you have sagging skin in the upper arm area, an arm lift can address this concern. Through small incisions on the inside or back or your arm, Dr. Zavell can remove and reposition tissue for a more contoured look.
- Thigh lift: The upper leg area can be one of the most stubborn areas for excess skin and fat. A thigh lift can refine the upper legs and hips for a sleeker, more contoured appearance.
- Breast lift: Following weight loss, the breasts may sag. A breast lift can reposition the breast tissue and nipple for a perkier, more youthful bust line.
Benefits of Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss
Your commitment to weight loss should be celebrated. Body contouring can accentuate your healthy weight and dedication to overall wellness. Even though body contouring procedures are not intended for weight loss, patients who undergo these treatments can appear slimmer after surgery. This is because the skin conforms to the new contours.
In addition to cosmetic benefits, body contouring offers several health-related advantages as well. For example, severe excess skin can cause chafing and impair your ability to move normally. Body contouring can increase your ability to exercise comfortably so you can maintain your hard-earned results.
Contact Us to Learn More
Have you recently undergone a significant amount of weight loss? If so, body contouring can help you eliminate excess skin and achieve the body you desire. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Zavell. Call our office at (419) 871-9765 or contact us online.