After a substantial amount of weight loss, the personal satisfaction you feel when you step on the scale may be tempered by your observation that your skin has refused to ‘play along’! Previously stretched skin lacks the elasticity to conform to the new you. As a result, pockets of skin can hang around your abdomen and from your arms and thighs. Body contouring procedures remove this excess skin, tighten the underlying tissues and often dramatically improve the look you see in the mirror.
How its done?
Body contouring is often performed in stages where different areas of the body can be targeted over a span of 12-18 months. Occasionally, certain lift procedures can be combined and done all at once. Our plastic surgeons will work with you to decide how best to safely achieve your cosmetic goals.
- Lower Body Lift
The lower body lift is a circumferential procedure where an abdominoplasty is performed in the front, combined with thigh and buttocks lifts around the side and back. Surgical excision is often combined with liposuction to achieve the desired results. At the completion of the procedure, suction drain tubes are inserted and a compression garment is applied.
The operation takes between 4-6 hours to complete and is usually done under a general anesthetic.
- Thigh Lift
Reshaping of the thighs is achieved through well camouflaged incisions running along the inner or outer thigh and extending from the groin to the knee.
- Buttock Lift
Excess skin is removed and tightened above the upper part of the buttocks.
- Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Excess skin in the upper arm after massive weight loss usually crosses the arm pit and involves loose skin that extends onto the chest region. Brachioplasty surgery reduces the skin through an incision that runs along the inner part of the upper arm, often crossing onto the arm pit.
Why choose us?
Because of our bariatric surgery program, our board-certified plastic surgeons have a great deal of experience and excellence in helping you through this final phase of your weight loss program. Our team of anesthesiologists, nurses and caregivers are devoted to providing you with the highest level of care. We do our best to keep you informed, put you at ease and provide you with a satisfying experience. Together, we can help you achieve your goals!
Am I a candidate?
If you are in good general health, at a stable weight and have specific but realistic goals for the improvement of your appearance… this procedure may be for you.
Body contouring procedures, done individually or together, are generally performed as outpatient procedures and most patients experience minimal discomfort easily controlled with oral medication.
Detailed pre- and post-operative instructions will be provided at the WSC.
What do I do?
Our goal is to provide you with the information required to ease the decision-making process.
We strongly encourage you to research the operation thoroughly. Here are some useful links to help you: