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Effective Body Contouring After Your Weight-Loss Procedure

January 20, 2017, 7:33 pm

Body contouring is an effective method for managing the problems that arise in the aftermath of a major weight-loss procedure. People primarily undergo body contouring in order to eliminate excess sagging fat and skin and to improve the shape of the underlying skin tissue. Body contouring is an umbrella term for a variety of procedures that are designed to provide your body with a better and far more well-defined shape. These include the tummy tuck, breast lift, thigh lift, and liposuction.

After significant weight loss, the skin has an extremely difficult time retracting. Thus, the skin will sag extensively and hang, which will affect your body’s aesthetic. In addition, you are likely to still have regions of excess fat deposits in different areas of your body, as weight-loss procedures cannot remove all the excess weight for a wide variety of reasons.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Body-Contouring Procedures?

You need to meet a number of stringent requirements to be eligible for body contouring. Adults need to be near a stable weight or their weight loss should have stabilized. In order to fight out what your stable weight should be based on your medical history, consult your doctor.

Good candidates possess a great deal of excess skin that persistently remains despite the best efforts of diet and exercise. You need to generally be in good health, and you should not have any major health issues. Finally, you have to be completely realistic about what you expect from the surgery. You will have to engage in a significant level of post-operative care to continue to experience the results you desire. Your doctor will ask you to meet a number of pre-operative requirements before you can opt for surgery.

What Do Body-Contouring Procedures Involve?

Nearly all body-contouring procedures are carried out under general anesthesia, and they can take anywhere between two and eight hours depending on the nature of the procedure and the amount of procedures being performed simultaneously. Irrespective of the procedure, all body-contouring procedures require incisions to eliminate excess skin. Depending on the amount of skin to be removed, these incisions may be extensive in nature.

During a procedure, the excess skin is removed and tightened while fatty tissues are eliminated as required. The body’s contours will be improved before the incisions have been closed.

What About the Recovery Process?

Body contouring is a serious surgical procedure, so the recovery period is key. You will be discharged within 48 hours, and you may need to wear compression garments for a couple of weeks if your doctor recommends it. You are likely to experience swelling, bruising, and some discomfort for several weeks. Your recovery time will depend on how many procedures you have undergone; some people can return to work within a month, while other people may take over two months. You need to carefully follow the detailed instructions of your surgeon, as this leads to the shortest recovery period with the lowest chance of complications.

Schedule Your Appointment

Dr. Matt Hlavacek, a skilled surgeon, knows a great deal about body contouring after weight loss. To speak with Dr. Hlavacek during a consultation at our office, contact us today.