If you have experienced dramatic weight loss from bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, congratulations! But your achievement may feel lessened when you are left with sagging stomach skin, drooping breasts (in both women and men) and excessive skin on your face and neck, back and thighs. You may want to consider post-bariatric surgery and body contouring to get rid of excessive skin.
What is body contouring?
Plastic surgery after a dramatic weight loss reduces excess skin and fat left behind after major weight loss. Its goal is to restore attractive proportions by removing the sagging skin around the face, neck, upper arms, chest, abdomen, buttocks and thighs that creates a misshapen contour. Although these procedures leave scars, most men find them to be an acceptable tradeoff for an improved appearance. The results of body contouring following aggressive weight loss are visible almost immediately; however, it can take two years or more to see the final results.
Am I a good candidate for body contouring?
Yes, if your weight has stabilized following bariatric surgery or diet and exercise. This may be 18 months or more after your weight loss. You must also be in overall good health without chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. And you must have mental stamina; surgical contouring procedures require patience and endurance.
How long is the recovery from body contouring?
Your recovery will depend on the specific procedures you undergo. When procedures are performed together, the benefit is a single recovery time. The first week will be the worst, and you will still feel like you are recovering for approximately two to three weeks. Dr. O’Brien will prescribe pain medication and you may need to wear compression garments.