What is surgical body contouring?
After weight loss, excessive skin may sag and lose elasticity. This loose, hanging skin is usually a result of significant weight loss over a short period of time, as with bariatric surgery patients who may have lost more than 100 pounds in less than two years. Those who lose a great deal of weight are good candidates for body contouring to improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue which supports fat and skin. Although this may be cosmetically displeasing, it also creates its own issues through not being able to exercise comfortably or risking poor hygiene because of loose skin. Also, it may be difficult to find clothing that fits properly. Bariatric surgery patients can expect very different surgical treatment plans than other body contouring patients. What may work well on some patients may not provide the same shaping and contouring results for a bariatric surgery patient. West Medical has a comprehensive approach to help bariatric surgery patients achieve the best shape possible following major weight loss. By using the most up-to-date technology, a surgical plan will be tailor-made for each individual patient based on their specific needs and priorities. Body contouring is an excellent way to improve the shape and tone of your body by addressing the underlying tissue and removing excess fat and skin. Body contouring can be comprised of multiple procedures to improve your appearance, including the following:
- Lower body lift: this corrects the sagging skin and fat of the areas of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs
- Breast lift: major weight loss can lead to sagging, flattened breasts which can be corrected through a lift procedure.
- Arm lift: the upper arms may have sagging skin and fat which can be corrected through brachioplasty.
- Thigh lift: this corrects the sagging of the entire thigh (inner, outer and mid-thigh).
First Step: Anesthesia
To make you comfortable during the procedure, you will be administered with medication through intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.
Second Step: Incision
In order to remove excess skin, the body contouring process requires incisions to remove the excess skin and fat. Sometimes the incisions are extensive, both in length and pattern, depending on the size or number of areas being treated. The amount and location of your excess skin and personal preference for outcome as well as your surgeon’s judgment all influence how many incisions you will require. Fortunately, advanced surgical techniques usually allow placement of incisions in inconspicuous areas where they are easily able to be hidden by clothing. Your surgical plan will depend on your particular condition and goals, as well as your doctor’s surgical judgment. Be patient in the results you expect, and be expect multiple stages of surgery rather than having all of your body contouring done in one day. Just as it took you a long time to lose the excess weight, it will also take time to achieve the results you expect through body contouring.
If you have recently lost weight and would like to rid yourself of sagging, loose skin, body contouring may be right for you. A tight core and slim arms can make a significant difference to your appearance, and we're happy to make that happen for you. To learn more about cosmetic surgery in Los Angeles and Southern California, please contact West Medical offices at (855) 690-0565, and our helpful medical staff will answer any questions you may have.
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