Body Contouring after Weight Loss
Whether you achieve weight loss through diet and exercise or must undergo a bariatric surgery, the accomplishment is the same; weight loss allows for a patient to not only improve their appearance significantly, but also their quality of life by reducing the risk of contracting health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease that are weight-related.
It is quite common to experience loose or hanging skin after you have lost a significant amount of weight, and many patients require a post-bariatric procedure in order to tighten skin that no longer conforms to the new contours of the body after weight loss. Sometimes problem areas that have not responded well to weight loss exist and the persistence of fat in localized areas may be seen.
It is for the aforementioned reasons that many patients may seek body contouring procedures to accomplish a definitive conclusion to their weight loss process and post-bariatric procedures will help the patient to achieve a smooth, toned appearance that they can be proud of.
The problem areas that are often targeted by body contouring procedures include:
In order to achieve the desired results, it may be necessary to undergo multiple procedures. Multiple procedures may also be required in order to reduce any trauma associated with treating several different body areas at once. A personalized treatment plan for you based on your individual needs and goals can be designed with your post-bariatric surgeon.
When performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon, body contouring procedures are generally considered both safe and effective. Imperative to the success of the surgery is the overall good health, stable weight and realistic expectations of the patient regarding the surgery. Body-contouring procedures are NOT meant to serve as a means for significant weight loss, as their goal is to reduce the appearance of loose, sagging skin for a smoother body contour.
Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy)
The procedure known as circumferential body lift (also referred to as lipectomy, torsoplasty and panniculectomy) is performed to remove excess skin from the torso and upper legs.
Those who suffer from loose and inelastic skin in specific areas of the body as a result of childbearing, age, or significant weight loss (whether as a result of diet and exercise or bariatric surgery) are the ideal candidates for a body lift procedure. Oftentimes the procedure is combined with other procedures including breast and arm lifts or liposuction in order to achieve ideal body proportions. A body lift will provide tone and definition to areas of the body such as the abdomen, back, buttocks, hips and thighs.
With a body lift you can expect the following:
Lifting of skin from underlying tissue
Tightening of muscles
Removal of fat
Suture and closing of skin
In this procedure is common to remove and replace the navel to a new position that conforms to your new physique. In some cases surgical tubes may be required to drain any possible fluid for several days and compression garments may be needed for a several weeks to in order to help the patient heal faster.
It is strongly encouraged that patients perambulate as quickly as they are able after surgery, though strenuous activities will often be advised against for the first several months. Patients typically experience visible results almost immediately.
A frame that is more pleasing aesthetically can be achieved by receiving a thigh lift procedure, which will tighten the skin around the inner thigh. In many instances it is not required to target the outer thigh as other procedures such as a butt lift or liposuction will result in a more pleasing appearance in this area.
Depending on the amount of skin that requires removal, surgical incisions of varying sizes may be implemented. Typically the incision will be made on the medial side of the thigh and will be adjusted according to many factors.
In order to limit swelling after surgery it is common for a patient to be dressed in a compression garment. Minimal discomfort can be expected with smaller lifts, though in some cases an overnight stay in the hospital may be required, especially with more extensive lifts. Medications for discomfort will be prescribed if necessary.
Light labor is normally possible after less than two weeks, while most physical activity is permissible at four to six weeks. All symptoms should be gone and scars maximally faded within six months.
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