Cosmetic Surgery After Weight Loss
After extreme weight loss in overweight and obese people, skin has commonly lost its elasticity and appears saggy, creating an unappealing melting appearance. The reason this occurs is during the period of being overweight, the patient’s skin was stretched to encompass the volume, so there remains too much skin to match a thinner frame.
A full body contouring after weight loss to correct sagging skin and removing excess fat can be performed in two stages a certain amount of time apart, depending on the patient’s individual needs and desires. The body contouring procedure will often include an abdominoplasty, breast, thigh, or arm lift to remove extra unwanted skin and fat. Stage 1 of the body contouring procedure will include an abdominoplasty, a mastopexy augmentation, and a brachioplasty.
Stage 2 includes a lower body lift, and a medial thigh lift. A lower body lift removes extra skin and fat around the lower waistline, effectively lifting the lower abdomen, the buttocks, and upper thighs.
The brachioplasty surgery (contouring of the arms) can be performed in either stage, depending on what the patient and surgeon decide together.
Many patients will only require the first stage of bodywork to be done with a brachioplasty procedure. Many patients will also desire a face lift, brow lift, or blepharoplasty surgery.