Major weight loss achieved through either natural means or bariatric surgery is a great accomplishment that allows patients to significantly improve their appearance and overall quality of life, while also reducing the risk of weight-related health conditions.
After large amounts of weight loss, many patients are left with loose, hanging skin that has been stretched out by the excess weight and does not conform to the body's new contours. There may also be one or more problem areas that has not responded well to weight loss methods and still contains localized areas of stubborn fat.
Many patients seek body contouring procedures to complete the weight loss process and achieve a smooth, toned appearance that they will be proud to show off. Body contouring procedures often target problem areas such as the:
Multiple procedures may be needed in order to achieve desired results and to reduce the trauma of treating several different body areas at once. Your surgeon will develop a personalized treatment plan for you based on your individual needs and goals for surgery.
Body contouring procedures are generally considered safe, especially when performed by an experienced surgeon. It is important for patients to be in good overall health, at a stable weight and to maintain realistic expectations for surgery. These procedures cannot serve as a means for significant weight loss, but instead reduce the appearance of loose, sagging skin for a smoother body contour.
Abdominoplasty is also known as a tummy tuck. This procedure helps you create a firm, flat abdomen by removing excess skin and fat from your belly while tightening the muscles of your abdomen. Typically, this procedure is performed in women after pregnancy and patients who have lost weight by diet and exercise or after bariatric (weight loss) surgery.
Tummy tuck surgery is typically performed in a hospital or surgical center with general anesthesia. The procedure takes three to four hours to perform, and due to its length, there is typically an overnight stay at the facility. You go home in the morning after you are seen by the surgeon. Over the course of the first week, you may need to walk slightly bent over. At the end of the first week you will be walking upright as you did before the surgery. In addition, for the first week and sometimes going into the second week, you will have drains that the nurse will show you how to take care of before leaving the hospital. The recovery time is two weeks, with resumption of normal activities between four to six weeks.