Reshape Your Body After Dramatic Weight Loss
Massive weight loss body contouring is a technically demanding area of plastic surgery because of the complexities involved in achieving a natural looking transformation. It is a specialty of Dr. Kesarwani. He has been helping patients who have experienced massive weight loss either by diet and exercise or following bariatric surgery for many years. He has seen and treated all the resultant deformities that occur. Men and women who’ve lost a lot of weight relatively rapidly often require a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures to achieve their desired goals. Generally, loose skin and stubborn pockets of fat are primary concerns.
The most common procedures include excision of large amounts of excess skin and fat as well as tightening of the underlying lax abdominal muscles. They often required multiple, staged procedures to ensure safety of blood supply to the tissues and limiting length of surgery for these long procedures. Tummy tucks, liposuction, body lifts and thigh lifts are typical. For women specifically, breast lifts are also common.
As can be expected, there are significant emotional and psychological benefits. For many formerly obese patients, this loose skin is the last symbol of that former life, and once it is gone they feel like they’ve been reborn. Overall this is a group of patients that are very happy with their results. Our patients can finally enjoy their leaner figures without all the loose skin that used to hide it.
Common Procedures Following Massive Weight Loss
Dr. Kesarwani specializes in post-weight loss surgery. The after weight loss surgery can take a very long time, so to ensure adequate blood supply to the tissues, and reduce complications, Dr. Kesarwani usually offers a combination of staged procedures.
Abdominoplasty, also known as the tummy tuck, is probably the most commonly performed procedure on patients who’ve lost a lot of weight. In fact, it’s one of the most frequent surgical procedures Dr. Kesarwani performs. Abdominoplasty tightens abdominal wall muscles, and removes fat and excess skin from the middle and lower abdomen.
Circumferential abdominoplasty, also known as the belt lipectomy, is a type of abdominoplasty. People who have lost large amounts of weight often have loose skin on their sides and back, as well as their abdomens.
This procedure involves an incision all the way round the abdomen, at belt level—hence the name. This tightens the skin and muscles of the abdomen and torso, and also lifts the thighs and buttocks to a certain extent.
Liposuction is the removal of fat from specific areas, through tiny incisions. Sometimes it is impossible to get rid of these pockets of fat through diet and exercise.
The fat removed is often used in other cosmetic procedures not related to weight loss. For instance, liposuction can be used to transfer fat to the buttock (Brazilian Butt Lift) or breasts.
Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, is designed to tighten excess skin and fat hanging under the upper arms. This tissue is almost impossible to remove by diet and exercise, so an arm lift is needed to sculpt the arms to a more pleasing shape.
Extreme weight loss leaves sagging skin everywhere, including round the thighs and buttocks. Thigh lift surgery removes the skin, and sometimes also fat, helping to tighten the body.
After weight loss, surgery is the final step for people who have turned their lives around. Contact us for more information and to find out how you can become the person you have worked so hard to be!
Frequently Asked Questions About Body Contouring After Weight Loss
How much does body contouring after weight loss cost? How much does it cost to have excess skin removed after weight loss?
The cost of body contouring after weight loss depends on the type of treatments you need. It is typical for patients who’ve experienced dramatic weight loss to have excess skin in the mid-section and legs. A tummy tuck can tighten loose skin and remove excess fat in the mid-section. The cost for this procedure ranges from $8750 – $12000. A lower body lift can target the mid-section and thighs, and the cost typically ranges from $15000 – $20000 in Canada. Loose skin on the arms may be addressed with an arm lift, and this is from $8750 – $10000. For women, a breast lift is also common at a cost of $3000 – $8500. When combining procedures, such as a lower body lift and arm lift, the individual costs may be lower since you may get a “deal”.
Does body contouring leave scars?
Any surgical procedure involving incisions leaves scars. Because loose skin is removed with incisions by excision, scars will remain. However, these scars tend to heal into fine thin lines that are barely visible with proper healing. We recommend the application of silicone gel to help fade scars. You can read more about it here.
Will loose skin ever tighten?
Loose skin is extremely common with dramatic weight loss. The skin is often unable to retract sufficiently with rapid weight loss, which typically occurs following bariatric surgery. A healthy lifestyle and diet may gradually improve the quality of the skin over time, it is often not to a satisfactory point.
Is body contouring permanent?
Yes, once skin and fat is removed with body contouring after weight loss, both are gone for good. However, weight fluctuations that occur after surgery may negatively affect your results.
Will losing 50 pounds cause loose skin?
It depends on your skin quality and body. If your skin is already a little loose and lacks elasticity, as is common with older patients, a 50 lb weight loss may cause loose skin. This loose skin commonly occurs around the mid-section, legs and arms. However, if you have firm skin and are younger, listing 50 pounds may not cause loose skin as much.
How do I get rid of saggy belly skin?
A significant amount of saggy belly skin is difficult to eliminate without surgical means, particularly if you’re older. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can safely and effectively tighten loose skin on your stomach.