Specializing in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body.

After Weight Loss

Overview

With the alarming rise of obesity rates in the United States and elsewhere, bariatric surgery, or weight-loss surgery, is becoming more and more common. The benefits of these procedures, and of weight loss though old-fashioned diet and exercise, are unquestionable. Medical problems like hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea disappear, and overstressed knee and hip joints are allowed to recover. Along with these positives, however, often comes the disappointing side effect of loose, baggy skin on multiple areas of the body. Skin that had been stretched out over layers and layers of fat now hangs down in sad, loose, unattractive folds. Because this skin has permanently lost its elasticity, no amount of exercise can get it to snap back into place, even if underlying muscle tone is good. Surgical removal of the excess skin is often the only solution.

Candidates

If you have lost a significant amount of weight—either through diet and exercise or weight reduction surgery—and are at or near your weight loss goal, you may be a good candidate for surgical contouring of the body or face.

The Operation

Body contouring following dramatic weight loss is typically performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient or inpatient basis, depending on the extent of the procedure and number of procedures performed simultaneously.

Most body contouring procedures require long incisions to remove excess skin. Body contouring may target one or several areas of the body through face and neck lift, breast lift, arm lift, thigh lift, abdominoplasty, and body lift. Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. Incisions are placed in strategic locations whenever possible—where they can be hidden by most types of clothing. Liposuction is also sometimes untilized along with excisional procedures to optimize contouring.

Recovery

Recovery varies depending on the procedure. Combining multiple procedures at the same operative setting adds to recovery time, but is often preferable to multiple periods of recovery.
Face and Neck Lift
Breast Lift
Arm Lift
Thigh Lift
Body Lift
Abdominoplasty

Risks

As with any type of surgical procedure, there are risks involved with surgery following dramatic weight loss. To see the subsequent risks associated with each procedure, click on the links below:
Face and Neck Lift
Breast Lift
Arm Lift
Thigh Lift
Body Lift
Abdominoplasty

Talk to Your Doctor

If you have undergone extreme weight loss—whether through diet and exercise or weight reduction surgery—and are not able to reach the body image goals you desire, surgical contouring of the face and body may be right for you. Dr. Sewell will speak with and examine you to determine your desired results and whether or not you are a candidate.

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