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Body Contouring after Weight Loss

Individuals who have undergone massive weight loss leave behind large flaps of skin around their arms, legs, buttocks and abdomen. These sagging amounts of skin can cause rashes and infections that can be painful and uncomfortable. Some patients also experience a lack of mobility and issues with hygiene. In patients with excessive, unattractive skin folds after weight loss, plastic surgery is the only option to restore a normal, healthy appearing body contour.

Weight loss not only changes a person’s physical shape, but it can also change a person’s mental state. Candidates of a body contouring surgery should understand the physical and psychological changes associated with weight loss and this procedure. Dr. Oppenheimer will discuss these issues with you at your visit.  Although you may have lost weight, you should stay realistic about your goals. While body contouring surgery can help remove excess skin and fat folds, scars are required in the excision process.  While recovery time may vary from patient to patient, four weeks is a good estimate. While you may be cleared to return to normal duties at work and home, patients must continue to follow a healthy diet and exercise plan.  You should be proud of the changes you have made in your life. Dr. Oppenheimer would be happy to complete your weight loss process with body contouring surgery.
If you are have lost weight and are looking to:
  • Tighten the skin around your upper arms and legs
  • Re-contour the tissue of your lower abdomen
  • Lift the upper chest and breast skin
  • Tighten the appearance of your lower back and buttock
…Then body contouring may be right for you.

Body contouring procedures involve arm lift (brachioplasty), thigh lift, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast lift (mastopexy), buttock lift (total lower body lift), and even facelift (rhytidectomy).

Body contouring surgery should not be completed until you have reached a stable weight for at least one year. This requires adopting a healthy lifestyle with a stable diet and nutrition. Because body contouring is a major surgical procedure, candidates should be in good overall health.  Hospital admission is required postoperatively, and lab studies are checked during recovery.
Adam J. Oppenheimer, MD, is a third-generation Plastic Surgeon, specializing in women's & children's health. After graduating from Yale University, he earned his doctor of medicine from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry followed by an Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Michigan and a pediatric Plastic Surgery fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital.
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