Cosmetic surgery can safely help you achieve the body shape you are looking for.
Sometimes there seems to be no natural way to get rid of stubborn areas of fat and loose skin that persist around the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs and arms following dramatic weight loss. If a healthy exercise and nutrition routine does not appear to be able to solve these problem areas, we offer a variety of plastic surgery procedures that you can consider to help you get the body you deserve. Board certified Toronto plastic surgeon, Dr. Kesarwani, can help you understand these advanced body contouring procedures so that you can finally feel confident and comfortable with your body.
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.
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.
It is often the final step in their journey to turn their lives around.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.