Surgical body contouring following major weight loss improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin and removes the excess sagging fat and skin. The result is a more normal appearance to the body, with smoother contours. This is, in essence, the final phase of your total weight loss experience.
Excessive Skin Problem
Having successfully battled obesity, many patients are then faced with a new challenge – excessive and hanging skin folds of the abdomen, arms, thighs, breasts, and face. Thinking that once they lose their massive weight they will be attractive again, men and women are disappointed and frustrated with unsightly folds of skin that now cover their groin like an apron, hang off their arms like “bat wings,” and wiggle from their legs when trying to jog. It also creates a problem for personal hygiene and in finding clothes that fit. This challenge has led to the development of new ways of body contouring; specially designed for individuals after massive weight loss surgery.
However, before you decide to undergo body contouring following major weight loss, it is important to understand that your weight loss must have stabilized. If you continue to lose weight, sagging pockets will redevelop. If you rapidly regain the weight you have lost, you will dramatically stress the already weakened and thinned skin, causing further stress to the skin, visible stretch marks and wide scars.
In general, candidates for any type of body contouring cosmetic surgery should meet most of the following criteria:
- Are close to their ideal body weight (within 30%)
- Adults that have maintained a stable weight for six months or more
- Have good skin tone and elasticity
- Wish to remove loose skin or fat that is diet and exercise resistant
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body contouring can accomplish