Weight loss, however big or small, is a major accomplishment. However, those who achieve substantial weight loss may be disappointed by excessive skin folds or loose skin that cover up their well-earned results.
To combat this, many now elect for a body contouring procedure following significant weight loss. After this procedure, patients finally achieve what they hoped to with their dramatic weight loss, a better-proportioned appearance with smoother contours.
What is Body Contouring?
Body contouring is a procedure that eliminates or reduces the remaining excess skin and fat after individuals have lost a significant amount of weight. This procedure also improves the tone of the underlying tissue.
This procedure is not just for vanity. It is often necessary for a patient’s quality of life, as excess skin can make getting dressed or bathing a chore. It may also limit mobility and cause hygiene and medical problems. Chronic skin-on-skin contact can also result in rashes and other sores that can lead to infection. Many times, the only way to remove excess skin is through body-contouring.
Body contouring is not a substitute for exercise and a healthy diet. Individuals receiving body contouring should be willing to adopt a healthy lifestyle to maintain long-term results.
Who is a Good Candidate for Body Contouring?
The best candidate for body contouring is a nonsmoking, healthy individual without a medical condition that could impair healing or increase the risk of surgery. The right candidate has also reached his or her goal weight and is committed to keeping it off with a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition and fitness. Patients will benefit the most if they have excess skin in certain areas but minimal excess fat.
The ideal candidate also has realistic expectations for his or her results. While surgery can improve the overall appearance, every patient heals differently with varying results. During your initial consultation, it is important to talk to your doctor about the results you can expect.
Body Contouring Areas
Below are the areas most often treated through body contouring.
- An arm lift removes excess skin and gives a tighter, more defined contour.
- Buttock Augmentation transfers fat, uses buttock implants, fat grafting, or a combination of these methods to change the size of the buttocks.
- Labiaplasty reduces the length of the labia minora.
- Liposuction removes excess fat deposits between the skin and muscle.
- A mini tummy tuck flattens the look of the belly and primarily focuses on excess skin and abdominal wall laxity below the belly button.
- A “Mommy Makeover” is a set of procedures custom-designed for each patient to restore and invigorate a woman’s body after the physical effects of childbirth or weight loss.
- A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin from the waist, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is more smooth and firm.
A combination of surgeries may take place at the same time. For example, an “upper body lift” may include surgery to the arms, back, and breasts. A “lower body lift” will focus on the hips, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks.
Procedure & Recovery
Most body contouring procedures are performed under general anesthesia. After surgery, tubes are usually placed in the wound to drain excess fluid, and patients are given medications to control pain and discomfort.
For the next two to four weeks after surgery, soreness, swelling, and bruising is normal. Most people can return to work after two to four weeks, but people with physically demanding jobs need to wait longer. During this recovery period, you will follow up at your doctor’s office regularly to monitor your progress.
Specific instructions may include avoiding bending, straining, or lifting for several days to weeks. Some patients may also need to avoid standing fully upright and stressing any internal sutures as they heal, and to sleep with pillows elevating the knees. To minimize the risk of blood clots, patients need to be up and walking as soon as possible and need to drink plenty of fluids.
Results After Body Contouring
Body contouring results are visible almost immediately; however, it can take a while to see the final results. The results are generally long-lasting, provided that the patient maintains a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of your initial improvements should remain.
Marvel Cosmetic Surgery offers a full range of body contouring procedures providing a more proportionate figure. Contact us today or call 615-538-0399 to schedule your free consultation. Let the Marvel team find the perfect procedure for you!