Post Weight Loss
Losing significant amounts of weight, through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, is a big step for many people to live healthier lifestyles and feel better about the way they look. However, a range of body areas can be affected by loose skin, excess fat deposits, and extra skin folds once large amounts of weight have been lost. Our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani, can improve these areas with post-bariatric and after-weight loss body contouring surgery. A number of effective treatments can eliminate excess fat and skin and reshape your body to give you a tighter, firmer physique. A full compendium of treatment options can target specific areas of the body that are affected by excess skin folds and fat deposits after significant weight loss.
What are the Benefits of Post-Weight Loss Surgery?
Body contouring procedures after significant weight loss can not only improve your appearance, but they may also make daily life more comfortable. Excess skin flaps tend to rub together, potentially causing chafing and other types of skin irritation — especially when being active or exercising. Depending on your motivations for surgery, post-weight loss body contouring can:
- Restore a firmer, tighter skin tone
- Eliminate excess, hanging skin in the areas of treatment
- Enable greater confidence and self-esteem after weight loss surgery
- Reduce skin chafing and irritation caused by friction
Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani will discuss your concerns with you in a consultation to develop an optimal treatment plan to achieve your goals. The upper arms, thighs, abdomen, and neck are common regions where excess skin folds accumulate after weight loss, which body contouring surgery can help remove.
Is Body Contouring After Weight Loss Right for Me?
Post-weight loss treatments are most successful when patients have little to no skin tone and want to reclaim smoother, sleeker body contours. A consultation can confirm whether body contouring surgery is the best option to achieve your goals, but good candidates for treatment are generally:
- Healthy, with reasonable expectations for the outcome
- A non-smoker, or willing to quit smoking
- Seeking to remove excess skin on the face or body
- At or near their ideal weight
During a consultation, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani will ask you about what you hope to improve and review your medical history before confirming your candidacy for post-weight loss body contouring. It’s important for those considering surgery after weight loss to have a positive outlook on treatment and realistic expectations for their final results.
What are My Treatment Options After Weight Loss?
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Remove excess skin, tighten muscles, and reduce fatty tissue from the abdomen with tummy tuck surgery. This procedure can help reveal the results of your weight loss after bariatric surgery or diet and exercise.
It’s not unusual to have a few remaining pockets of fat even after losing a substantial amount of weight. Liposuction can target these areas of excess fatty tissue and help contour your body for a more aesthetically appealing figure while you continue on your journey towards a healthier you.
Breast tissue can begin to droop when you lose a dramatic amount of weight. Breast lift surgery with or without implants can help restore the shape and youthfulness of your breasts with beautiful results.
If overly large breasts cause you physical and/or psychological pain, a breast reduction may be able to help. This procedure reduces excess tissue to bring the breasts down to a more manageable and comfortable size.
If your breasts are smaller than you like after losing weight, breast augmentation can add volume and fullness. We offer a comprehensive range of breast implant types, and Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani is extensively skilled in providing a natural-looking result.
Excess skin can develop just about anywhere, including on the face and neck. If weight loss has led to skin laxity in these areas, neck lift surgery can help contour your jawline and define your chin. We offer a range of treatment options to suit your needs and goals.
Recovery from post-bariatric and after-weight loss body contouring surgery will depend on which procedures you undergo and the number of treatments you have. Major surgical procedures will often require at least two to three weeks of recovery before resuming normal daily routines. Other procedures such as breast augmentation may require less recovery time; however, there will still need to be a substantial period of recovery in order for the treated areas to heal properly.
How Long Do Results From Post-Weight Loss Body Contouring Last?
Body contouring procedures after massive weight loss offer lasting, long-term results. Your contours should endure well into the future as long as you remain active and live a healthy lifestyle. Weight gain can potentially affect the results of body contouring surgery after weight loss, so we encourage patients to maintain a stable weight following their procedures. While nothing can stop the natural aging process, your skin tone should be much firmer, smoother, and tighter when compared to the extent of skin laxity observed before body contouring surgery. However, it can take six months to one year for your results to finally reveal themselves. Swelling and bruising after surgery is to be expected, and should gradually subside within the first few months of your recovery.
If you have any questions regarding post-bariatric and after-weight loss body contouring surgery, please contact our practice. Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani can help you take this next step after weight loss and give you a more fit appearance.