If you’ve lost weight, it can be an unpleasant surprise when you see the excess skin that may result. After massive weight loss, you may be left with draping, sagging skin around the abdomen, arms, thighs, and breasts. To help restore your shape, body contouring after massive weight loss may be an option.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Anu Bajaj, a body contouring specialist who brings her passion for helping her patients restore their bodies to regain their lives and confidence.
- 1 Massive Weight Loss
- 2 Candidates for Body Contouring
- 3 Types of Body Contouring Surgery
- 4 Preparation for Body Contouring
- 5 Procedure
- 6 Recovery
- 7 Massive Weight Loss Body Contouring Results
- 8 Consultation
- 9 Cost
- 10 Learn More
Massive Weight Loss
Body contouring after massive weight loss helps to remove the excess skin which will not resolve on its own. Sagging skin is a result of weight gain, age, skin elasticity, and gravity that has stretched the skin – analogous to a rubber band that has been repeatedly stretched and can’t return to its original size.
For some individuals, the extra skin drapes and collects around the body and can cause irritation, decreased mobility, and undermine your self-confidence.
The best and most effective option for those who wish to restore a natural figure is body contouring surgery.
Benefits of Body Contouring Surgery
- Removing Loose Skin On Many Areas of the Body
- Localized Fat Removal
- Improving Hygiene
- Overall Body Contouring
Candidates for Body Contouring
Individuals considering body contouring should be in good overall health, at their healthy or goal weight, and be a non-smoker.
If you have significant amounts of draping, sagging skin around your body and want to achieve a natural-looking, leaner figure, body contouring may be the right surgery for you. Body contouring can help you achieve the final steps of your aesthetic goals.
Types of Body Contouring Surgery
The types of body contouring procedures will depend on the areas where you have loose skin and what areas bother you the most. Remember, that many of the procedures may need to be staged over several months depending on the extent of surgery necessary. Dr. Bajaj may perform a variety of body contouring surgeries, including, but not limited to:
Tummy tuck surgery
This surgery is performed to remove loose skin on the midsection. By removing the protruding tissue and tightening the abdominal muscles, the tummy tuck creates a midsection that appears flatter.
Arm lift surgery
This surgery is offered to correct loose skin on the upper arms that gives a “batwing” effect.
Thigh lift surgery
This procedure corrects loose tissue on the thighs after weight loss. The removal of this excess tissue slims your upper legs and can also improve the fit of clothing.
Body lift surgery
This is a body contouring procedure that combines techniques from the tummy tuck and butt lift. By removing the apron of loose skin from your lower body, Dr. Bajaj can help you greatly improve your quality of life, health, and the fit of clothing.
Breast lift surgery
This surgery may be recommended for women who have lost breast volume after weight loss. Dr. Bajaj can help reshape the breasts so that they appear perkier.
Neck lift surgery
This surgery can remove the loose tissue or fat that hangs below the chin. It can be combined with a facelift and/or liposuction; the procedure can recontour the jawline for a more youthful appearance.
This procedure is performed to treat small pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. By suctioning out these localized fat cells, Dr. Bajaj can help you shape your body so that your clothes will look and fit better.
Body contouring after massive weight loss may include any combination of the above treatments depending on the requirements of your anatomy and goals.
Preparation for Body Contouring
Dr. Bajaj recommends patients follow some preparatory steps in order to ensure that you are prepared for such an extensive surgical procedure:
- Stop smoking at least four weeks before your scheduled procedure date
- Stop taking anti-inflammatory medications which may increase your risk of bleeding, and consult Dr. Bajaj and your medical provider about any medication you are taking.
- Prior to your procedure date, you will need to bathe with Hibiclens skin cleanser to help decrease the risk of infection.
- Arrange for transportation to and from your procedure as you will unable to drive.
- First 1-2 nights: arrange for a friend or loved one to stay with you for assistance.
- Prepare for 7-10 days away from work or more depending on the nature of your work and the procedures that you have performed.
For your body contouring procedure, the extent of the procedure (number of areas are treated, staged procedures or combined operations, etc.) will dictate whether you receive local or general anesthetic. The majority of body contouring surgeries will necessitate a general anesthetic.
The main steps of the treatment are anesthesia, incision, excision of excess skin, and closure of incisions. The size and position of incisions are dependent on the amount of skin to be removed.
The duration of surgery time will also depend on the particular combination of procedures that you have. More involved methods such as a complete lower body lift will naturally take longer than just an arm lift.
Body Contouring at a glance
- Anesthesia: Typically general anesthesia
- Duration: 2+ hours
- Recovery: First week limited mobility of treated area, six weeks of general recovery and healing.
- Results: Long-term barring future weight fluctuations
Following surgery, you will be placed in a post-operative compression garment and may have a drain(s).
The recovery time after body contouring can vary, depending on the combination of procedures that you have performed. Typically, you may be able to return to work after 7-10 days if you have a desk job.
You will receive your prescriptions at your pre-operative visit. Typically, Dr. Bajaj employs a multi-modal approach to post-operative pain management. This means that you will receive a combination of local anesthetic, anti-inflammatories, acetaminophen, and traditional narcotics. By combining these different types of medications, you will require less narcotic and will experience fewer side effects. Dr. Bajaj and her staff will arrange for your follow-up appointments where your dressings may be changed and your drains removed.
Please see the dedicated procedure page for details about recovery following the various body contouring procedures offered by Dr. Bajaj.
Massive Weight Loss Body Contouring Results
Your new, leaner look will be apparent after surgery; however, it may take several weeks to months for the bruising and swelling to subside. Once healing is complete, your results are long-term. However, future weight fluctuations and the effects of aging may impact your results.
Your consultation with Dr. Bajaj will be a private, personal meeting where you will be able to discuss your goals and weigh which options best fit your needs. Dr. Bajaj has a practicing philosophy that a true understanding of anatomy creates beautiful, natural results. Her passion is to solve the unique issues facing each of her patients. During a consultation, you’ll discuss the steps of the procedure and your medical history.
Dr. Bajaj may provide you with photographic examples of patients with body types similar to yours. You may also wish to bring in photographic examples matching your goals or full-body pictures of yourself and your weight loss journey. After performing a medical evaluation, Dr. Bajaj will provide a detailed breakdown of the procedure and its cost.
The cost of a body contouring treatment after massive weight loss will be based on the specifics of each case. The types of techniques used and the size of the area treated will impact the final price of the treatment package. You’ll receive a detailed cost breakdown after your consultation.
If you have lost weight, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bajaj to learn more about body contouring after weight loss. We are eager to speak with you about the benefits of these procedures. Please contact our plastic surgery office in Oklahoma City by calling 405-810-8448.