Body Contouring After Weight Loss

Upload: November 18, 2015

After major weight loss either through dieting, lifestyle changes, or bariatric “weight loss” surgery, many people are left with hanging skin and fat which for most patients can only be removed with surgery. Dr. Dick may recommend separating the surgery into different operations or stages, to reduce the risk of complications and enhance the chance of success.

This includes procedures for the face, neck, breasts and abdomen (Discussed earlier) and for the arms, buttocks and thighs. Dr. Dick will help you to decide which areas to address first.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Aging or significant weight loss can cause the upper arms to become loose and flabby, which some patients have called "bat wings". An arm lift or Brachioplasty removes excess skin and fat using excision, and frequently liposuction also.  The incision is placed in the least noticeable location, but some scarring may always be visible.

Lower Body Lift

A “lifting” of the entire trunk (flanks, back, waist, buttocks and posterior/ lateral thighs) may be needed especially after large amounts of weight loss.  In some patients, Abdominoplasty is performed before, during, or after the Lower Body Lift surgery.  Excessive skin and loose tissues are removed, lifted, and tightened.  Completing the weight loss process with improved body contour.  What a great reward!

Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)

Some patients after weight loss have laxity, excess skin, and fat of the thighs, limited mainly to the inner thighs and knees.  They are bothered by the appearance of their legs in shorts, and short skirts or dresses.  Some complain that their legs rub together and that they are forced to wear pants with a larger waist because their legs will not fit into the pants' legs.

Thighplasty can address these issues by removing the unwanted skin and fat using excision, and sometimes with liposuction.  The length of the scars depends on the amount of skin needing removal, but Dr. Dick works hard to keep the scars as small as possible.

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