Dramatic weight loss, whether achieved by proper nutrition and exercise, as the result of Bariatric Surgery, or from other forms of medical treatment has many benefits. After major weight loss your skin may be loose, sagging, and your body contours may appear irregular and disharmonious.
Surgical body contouring following major weight loss improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin, and removes excess sagging fat and skin. The result is a more normal appearance to the body, with smoother contours. This is, in essence, the final phase of your total weight loss experience.
However, before you decide to undergo body contouring following major weight loss, it is important to understand that your weight loss must have stabilized. If you continue to lose weight, sagging pockets will redevelop. If you rapidly regain the weight you have lost, you will traumatically stress your already weakened and thinned skin and could cause visible stretch marks and wide scars.
Your body contouring will be individualized to your specific conditions and regions to be treated. The procedures necessary to achieve your goals will be defined along with a plan for the timing of these procedures:
- Facelift : to reduce sagging of the mid-face, jowls, and neck
- Breast Lift : to correct sagging, flattened breasts
- Tummy Tuck : to correct the apron of excess skin hanging over your abdomen
- Lower Body Lift : to correct sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin, and outer thighs
- Medial Thigh Lift : to correct sagging of the inner, outer, and mid thigh
- Brachioplasty : to correct sagging of the upper arms
Please note that all body contouring requires incisions to remove excess skin. In many cases, these incisions may be extensive and will leave a scar. Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as personal preferences and surgical judgment. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in the strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits, but this is not always the case.
Craig R. Dufresne, M.D., F.A.C.S. is conveniently located to serve Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County