Bariatric patients can often achieve major weight loss within a relatively short period of time, and this can result in excess skin and soft tissue throughout their body. As the final stage in their cosmetic transformation, many opt for post-bariatric body contouring to remove some of this excess skin and finally achieve the look of their dreams. Within just weeks, patients can finally be confident in their body and will no longer worry about sagging or drooping skin that has developed as a result of dramatic weight loss.
Why Body Contouring?
Bariatric surgery is more effective than ever and will often allow patients to lose an incredible amount of weight in a very short period of time. The goal of these surgeries is to limit how much food a patient can eat and then store with options such as gastric sleeves and stomach stapling. Unfortunately, it will take the skin much longer to firm up than it takes to lose the weight, and in some situations the skin will never shrink. For these patients, body contouring may be the only option to achieve the size and shape that they would like within a short period of time.
A Look at the Ideal Candidate
These cosmetic surgeries are highly advanced and can produce astounding results, but they are not for everyone. There are some things to consider before undergoing body contouring procedures to achieve maximum results. First, the patient must have stabilized their weight after the bariatric surgery. If there continues to be extreme weight fluctuations, then the results will be second-rate. Patients must also have stabilized from their bariatric surgery and not be suffering from any serious ailments. The healthier the patient is the better their results will be. In some situations, surgical body contouring is not recommended for at least one to two years after the bariatric surgery.
Surgical Body Contouring
Body contouring is a generic phrase given to any procedure that involves changing the shape of a patient’s body due to excess and sagging skin. This skin is often around the torso and pubic area, but body contouring can take place practically anywhere on the body. Some patients would like to remove extra skin and tighten areas such as their chest, back, and even their neck. For most procedures, a number of small incisions are made to remove remaining fat deposits as well as the extra skin. The incisions are then sutured shut and the skin is left to heal. Some patients may require multiple procedures in order to treat multiple areas of the body. These treatments go by many names including tummy tucks, neck lifts, upper body lifts, and lower body lifts.
Any patient that is not quite satisfied with the appearance of their body after losing weight may want to take a fresh look at body contouring. These amazing procedures can completely transform a patient’s appearance with results that are practically immediate.
At J. Anthony Stephens, MD, we offer body post bariatric surgery body contouring to help you look and feel your absolute best. We can customize your body contouring procedures so that you get the results you want. During your consultation, Dr. Anthony Stephens will discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals with you and create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.