Many individuals who have taken steps to reduce the health risks and self-consciousness of obesity by losing significant amounts of weight through bariatric surgery or rigorous diet and exercise often find that they are left with loose, hanging skin in a variety of body areas. This excess skin can be eliminated and the areas tightened for the fit, contoured look you hoped for. Our Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Semira Bayati, can help with an array of after-weight loss plastic surgery procedures available from our practice. Contact us for more information, or to schedule a consultation.
Body Contouring Procedures
If you are experiencing excess skin laxity after losing large amounts of weight, Dr. Bayati can evaluate your situation and will work with you to come up with the best plastic surgery options to achieve the look you desire. These options can often be used in combination, or over a period of time with the ultimate goal of attaining a total body makeover. Dr. Bayati will discuss the procedures in detail with you at your initial consultation and answer any questions you may have.
Some of the after-weight loss body contouring options available include:
Central Body Lift
A central body lift (belt lipectomy), focuses on areas such as the midsection, thighs, and buttocks. Dr. Bayati will remove excess skin and fat and lift the remaining skin – pulling it taut for a smoother, more toned appearance.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck, medically referred to as abdominoplasty, involves lifting the skin of the abdomen and tightening the abdominal muscles. Excess skin and fat are removed, resulting in a flatter stomach.
Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available. This option targets specific fat deposits in virtually any area of the body, removing them for a more contoured appearance.
Excess, sagging skin in the breasts is a common side effect of losing large amounts of weight. A breast lift eliminates extra fat and skin and lifts the breasts and nipples to a higher position, making them look more youthful and “perky.”
Sometimes, even after massive weight loss, overly large breasts retain their volume and give your newly slender body a disproportionate aesthetic. Breast reduction surgery can remove excess fat and skin to provide a better aesthetic balance and relieve you of the discomfort and self-consciousness associated with having breasts that may be too big for your body frame.
A common problem after weight loss is the collection of loose, hanging skin under the arms, giving them a flabby, aged appearance. An arm lift (brachioplasty) gets rid of the excess skin and tightens the remainder, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance in the arms.
Medial Thigh Lift
A medial thigh lift targets the area of the upper and inner thigh, tightening the skin and eliminating excess fat. This procedure not only improves the appearance of the thighs, but also reduces friction while walking.
Post-Bariatric and After Weight Loss Surgery Recovery
Specific recovery details will depend on the procedure you undergo; however, if you have central body lift surgery or a combination of procedures, you should plan on resting easy for several weeks to allow for proper healing. Dr. Bayati will discuss all aspects of procedures you are considering, including recovery expectations, at your initial consultation.
For more information on how you can rejuvenate your body and eliminate excess skin and fat after weight loss, please contact us today.