Men and women who undergo major weight loss often find that they have excess accumulations of skin around their bodies. This skin can be both embarrassing and painful. When you put in a significant amount of effort and lose the weight, it can be disheartening to have not achieved the attractive body contours you desire. Plastic surgery after major weight loss targets the common areas with skin accumulations to restore slimmer, more toned body contours.
Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss Can…
- Treat skin accumulations around the abdomen, flanks, hips, thighs, and arms
- Restore firmness to the breasts and buttocks
- Eliminate excess fat
- Improve painful chafing caused by an excessive amount of skin
- Define the contours of your body
- Enhance your confidence following weight loss
What it corrects: A tummy tuck treats excess sagging skin on the abdomen. Additionally, it can tighten loose abdominal muscles that are causing a stomach pooch. A tummy tuck will restore firm and toned abdominal contours.
How it works: An incision is created low along the bikini line running from hip to hip. A second incision may be created around the navel. Sutures are used to tighten loose muscles. Excess tissue is trimmed away, and the remaining tissue is draped to highlight the new abdominal contour.
Extended Tummy Tuck
What it corrects: An extended tummy tuck targets excess skin accumulations around the abdomen, flanks, and lower back. The extended tummy tuck provides a more complete lower body recontouring.
How it works: An incision is created low along the bikini line that extends around the hips and onto the lower back. If needed, loose abdominal muscles are tightened. Excess skin is removed, and the remaining tissue is draped to restore a natural appearance to the abdomen, back, and hips.
What it corrects: Liposuction is used to treat areas with excess fat accumulation. It may be combined with any other body contouring procedure to improve the appearance of the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, back, and neck.
How it works: Incisions are created in the treatment area. Gentle suction is used to remove excess fat, and this procedure can help create better definition for your body.
What it corrects: A neck lift targets loose neck skin that often results following weight loss. Sagging skin along the jawline and neck can affect your overall facial appearance. The neck lift restores a slimmer appearance by trimming away the excess skin.
How it works: An incision is created in your lower hairline. The platysma (neck) muscle may be tightened. Drooping skin is trimmed away.
What it corrects: The thigh lift targets unwanted skin along the inner and/or outer thighs. Excess thigh skin can lead to painful irritation and chafing. Removing excess skin helps create a more toned thigh appearance.
How it works: An incision is created along the inner and/or outer thigh, depending on the type of correction you require. Excess skin is trimmed away, and the remaining tissue is positioned to provide a more sculpted thigh look.
What it corrects: The butt lift improves the appearance of a sagging, drooping buttocks. Excess gluteal skin is removed, and the remaining tissue is lifted to provide a tighter, rounder butt appearance. Restoring the appearance of the buttocks can enhance the shape and curvature of your physique.
How it works: Incisions are placed along the upper edge of the buttocks. Sagging skin is trimmed away, and the remaining tissue is lifted to provide a firmer appearance.
What it corrects: Sagging and deflated breasts are common following weight loss. A breast lift eliminates loose breast tissue to restore firmer breasts with improved shape and projection.
How it works: Incisions are placed around the areola and lower breast tissue. Excess tissue is removed, and internal sutures are placed to lift and support the remaining breast tissue. Patients with poor volume can add implants to increase their breast size.
What it corrects: An arm lift treats the appearance of bat wings caused by sagging excess skin along the upper arms. Treating this unwanted skin restores a toned arm appearance.
How it works: An incision is created along the inner arm, running from the armpit down to the elbow. Excess tissue is excised, and the remaining skin is draped to improve the contour of the arms.
Plastic Surgery After Massive Weight Loss FAQs
Q. What type of anesthesia is used during the procedures?
A. Most plastic surgery procedures are performed using a general anesthetic.
Q. Will I need to undergo every procedure listed after my weight loss?
A. No. Each plastic surgery procedure for post-weight loss is customized to fit your needs and goals.
Q. How do I know which procedure(s) I need?
A. A consultation with your surgeon will help you decide which procedure(s) you could benefit from most.
Q. How long does it take to recover from a surgical procedure?
A. Your recovery period will vary depending on the type and number of procedures undergone. Most patients can return to work within two weeks of their surgery and resume their regular exercise routine after three or four weeks. Major swelling usually subsides after six weeks.
Q. Will I have any excessive scarring following my treatment?
A. Scarring depends on incision location and your body’s natural healing process. While great care is taken to place incisions in easily concealable locations, some may be visible. Most patients who have lost a significant amount of weight feel that the mild scarring is worth the dramatic results. Scarring is likely to fade over time.