I've lost a lot of weight, so my skin is uncomfortable and sagging. Now what?
Congratulations on this major accomplishment! Losing weight is the first step towards a newer, healthier you! But it's only the beginning.
This is why cosmetic surgeons offer body contouring. A body contouring cosmetic procedure is a form of surgery that removes excess skin and tightens the remainder, restoring your body to a leaner, firmer shape.
Once the layer of fat that was stretching out and supporting your skin is gone, the skin can become loose, wrinkled, and have a sagging appearance.
Body contouring is not a minor surgery. It will require large incisions and is almost always done under general anesthesia. Your plastic surgeon will decide what pattern the incisions will follow. If possible, the incisions will be placed in areas where they will be hidden by clothing, but this is not always an option.
In many cases, body contouring requires more than one operation. Your doctor will work with you to develop a surgical plan that meets your needs, keeping your safety and health foremost in mind. It may take a year or more before body contouring is complete.
Body Contouring Procedures
Body contouring is not one single type of operation, but a class of operations. Depending on the location of your weight loss and the extent of your skin laxity, your body contouring procedures may involve lifting and tightening multiple areas including your abdomen, buttocks, thighs, breasts, and arms.
Recovery and Results
Most body contouring procedures are major surgeries that require time to heal, sometimes weeks or months.
Your surgical team will provide detailed after care instructions following each of your surgeries. It is very important to follow these instructions. Failing to do so can result in serious postoperative complications.
Do not apply excessive force, abrasion, or motion to your surgical area while you are healing. For at least three weeks following surgery, you will experience swelling and mild to moderate pain which can be managed by prescription pain medication. You must avoid strenuous physical activity while your body recovers.
After most body contouring procedures, you will be instructed to wear compression garments that will protect your incisions, minimize swelling, and help your body adjust to its new shape.
Once you have healed, the results of your body contouring surgery will be immediately visible. A healthy lifestyle is key to ensure that the results remain permanent.