Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss
A drastic weight loss may be good for your health but this can cause a variation in the appearance of skin and underlying tissues as they start lack elasticity and firmness due to the reduced body size. But Body contouring can help through as it is an aesthetic procedure that can be completely personalized to meet the needs of an individual and for achieving the best results out of it. The surgical body contouring procedure helps to remove the extra skin and fat to improve the condition of the underlying tissues. The results obtained from the procedure can give you a better proportional and smoother appearance.
What Will Make You an Ideal Candidate for the Procedure?
According to the most of the cosmetic surgeons, in order to achieve the best results, the patients must necessarily follow a set of rules before choosing to undergo a body contouring surgery after a massive weight loss and they are:
- The candidate must opt for the body contouring procedure after a year of the bariatric surgery.
- The candidate must also maintain a stable weight for three to six months prior to the procedure.
- The body mass index must necessarily be under 30.
The Procedure Involved in Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss
Body contouring targets face, neck, arms, breasts, abdomen, back, buttocks and thighs. This procedure includes:
Breast Lift- The breast lift procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia and the incision patterns depend on the amount of loose skin or glandular tissues to be removed. Surgeons may require making one or a combination of incisions around the areola region and the lines may extend down up to the breast fold. A breast implant may also be used to boost the shape and size of the breast.
Gynecomastia (breast reduction for men) - This procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Incisions are made to diminish the male breast size and flatten the chest contour. The Gynecomastia procedure encompasses the removal of the extra skin, tissues, and fat to elevate the sagging breasts.
Arm Lift- The sagging skin of the upper arm can create an unpleasant appearance. But arm lift can successfully remove the sagging skin and extra fat by making incisions on the arms starting from the underarm extending up to the inner part of the arms. In some cases, additional incisions may be necessary to treat another area of the arm.
Belt Lipectomy- This is a complete lower body lift that is highly effective in treating the sagging buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and outer thighs. However, the incision patterns may vary and comprise the circumferential incision on the lower portion of the body to remove all the extra skin and fat effectively.
Thigh Lift- Thigh lift can restore the shape of the inner thighs by making an incision from the groins then extending up to the knee. In some cases, the incision can be extended around the hip from the groin.
Posterior upper body lift- Weight loss may also affect the upper back area and can leave the skin sagging. This excess skin can be rolled up or removed by making horizontal incisions in the same line as the bra line extending up to the torso or sometimes up to the breast folds. Often, surgeons may also prefer performing breast lift in a flow.
Risks and Complications of Body Contouring
The potential risks and complications associated with Body Contouring are:
- Fluid Accumulation
- Poor healing of the incisions
- Formation of blood clots
- Loss of sensation of the skin
- Anaesthesia risks
- Undesired scarring
- Uneven skin
Recovering from Body Contouring
Immediately after the surgery, the incisions are dressed with bandages or surgical tapes. The patients are supplied with a set of instructions before they leave for home which must be followed to assure a safe recovery. The instructions include:
- Avoiding any strenuous activities like exercises, lifting, and muscle straining or even bending.
- For the thigh lift or the lower abdominal incisions, standing up straight is prohibited as they may stress out the internal sutures during the healing period. These patients are advised to lay down with pillows under their knees for elevation.
- To minimise the risk of formation of blood clots, the patients are advised to take brisk walks and drink plenty of fluids.