If you have lost significant weight, whether through diet and exercise alone or with the help of bariatric surgery, you have a lot of reasons to feel great! You can be proud of meeting your weight loss goals, happy that your health has improved, and you may be motivated to keep making other positive changes in your life. One potential downside to weight loss is the excess skin it can leave behind. If you have put in the work to slim down, but you’re still hiding loose skin or uneven bulges of stubborn fat, plastic surgery may be able to give you the results you need to feel fully confident in your appearance. Little Rock Body Contouring Specialist Dr. Melanie Prince is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon experienced in a range of body contouring options. She specializes in personalized treatment plans and she is dedicated to providing compassionate care and natural-looking results.
Benefits of Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss
Your skin can lose firmness and elasticity as a result of aging, genetics, or rapid weight loss. It is common for bariatric surgery patients and other people who lost weight quickly to experience sagging skin, which can prevent you from enjoying your weight loss. Benefits of body lift surgery include:
- A leaner, more toned look
- Removal of excess skin
- A more youthful appearance
- Relief from physical discomfort
- The ability to wear a greater variety of clothing
- Increased confidence
What Are My Plastic Surgery Options After Major Weight Loss?
Plastic surgery is a personal choice and a post-weight loss treatment plan with Dr. Prince is fully customized to meet your needs. At your consultation appointment, she will explain all your options and discuss which combination of procedures may be right for you.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck is a procedure to remove excess skin from the stomach while also repairing and tightening the abdominal muscles. This is one of the most popular procedures for post-weight loss patients.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Weight loss can leave the breasts saggy or deflated. Breast lift surgery can restore the breasts to a more youthful look and reposition the nipples. This can also be combined with breast implants if more volume is desired.
Loose skin on the thighs can cause uncomfortable chafing and make it difficult to work out and perform other activities. A thigh lift can remove excess skin and give you a lean look.
If you are bothered by loose skin on your buttocks, a butt lift can give you a defined, contoured appearance. This procedure can give you a lifted look without butt implants.
If loose skin on your upper arms causes you to avoid waving hello or has you worried about how you look in short sleeves, an arm lift can give your arms a leaner, more toned look.
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Body Lift Candidates
It is important that you have maintained a stable weight for at least six months before you pursue body contouring. If your weight fluctuates after surgery, it could compromise your results. Plastic surgery candidates should be in good general health and have realistic expectations of the surgical process.
Body Lift Recovery
Your recovery will vary depending on which procedures are part of your treatment plan. Dr. Prince will review recovery expectations with you during your consultation appointment, including how much time you should plan to devote to recovery. After your surgery she will give you detailed post-op instructions and schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.
How long after losing weight or having bariatric surgery can I have body contouring plastic surgery?
Your weight should be steady and close to or at your goal weight for at least six months prior to scheduling plastic surgery. If you have had bariatric surgery, you will generally want to wait at least one year after your procedure.
What kind of scars will I have after body lift surgery?
This will depend on the types of procedures in your treatment plan. While any body contouring surgery will result in some scarring, Dr. Prince is an expert in making incisions in a way that minimizes scarring. She will also advise you in after care guidelines to encourage optimal healing.
Are there risks associated with body contouring surgeries?
Any type of surgical procedure carries some risk of side effects or complications. You can reduce your risk by choosing an experienced, board certified surgeon. Possible risks of body lift procedures include bleeding, infection, changes in skin sensation, fat necrosis, swelling, and pulmonary complications.1
Can I have multiple procedures performed at once?
After a significant weight loss, many patients are interested in several procedures to address multiple areas of loose skin. Some procedures may be performed during one surgery. When deciding to combine procedures, Dr. Prince’s top priority is your safety. It is often safer to space multiple surgeries apart because it allows for less risk and easier recovery.
Contact Dr. Prince for Body Contouring Surgery in Little Rock
Prince Plastic Surgery is known for personalized care and beautiful results. Dr. Prince would love to use her skill and experience to help you complete your weight loss journey. Contact us today with any questions or to schedule a consultation.
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Body Lift. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/body-lift/safety Accessed August 5th 2020.
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