For those who have undergone a significant weight transformation, a body contouring surgery is an option many consider.
Individuals may find that their lack of skin elasticity will not allow their skin to restore to their new body. Depending on the location of this redundant skin, some areas may pose challenges such as skin irritation and hygiene difficulties.
This procedure helps remove excess skin and fat, revealing a more toned, smooth, and shapely silhouette.
Areas of excess skin which may need intervention includethe following:
Some patients may require a few surgeries to address different areas of their bodies. For many, this surgery is the last step of their weight loss journey and provides a boost in self-confidence.
Ideal surgical candidates for weight loss body contouring surgery are as follows:
In your initial consultation, Dr. Bolitho will begin to tailor the right body contouring surgery for you. He will also review your overall medical history.
This office visit is a vital one because it’s your opportunity to be candid with Dr. Bolitho in which you can share your aesthetic goals and wishes. He will carefully examine the parts of your body for this procedure.
Photos will be taken for your medical file. They will automatically be downloaded to a state-of-the-art software program calledTouchMD. The photographs will reflect the areas of potential cosmetic surgical treatment and are then uploaded to a touch screen in your examining room. Dr. Bolitho will utilize this software to get more in-depth information regarding your aesthetic wishes. Dr. Bolitho will explain the surgical process with this touch screen and discuss the latest techniques he uses to achieve the most desired aesthetic outcome.
If you choose to move forward with your surgery, your patient coordinator will schedule a preoperative appointment. During this appointment you will meet with Dr. Bolitho once again to review your procedure and goals. You will also receive pre and postoperative detailed instructions. Dr. Bolitho will also provide you with prescriptions prior to your surgery.
Once your anesthesia is administered, the surgery will begin. The timeframe for these operations is determined by what type of procedure is chosen. The leading post-weight loss body contouring surgeries include:
Abdominoplasty: This tummy tuck surgery removes redundant skin and tightens the abdominal wall muscles.
Autologous Fat Transfer:Fat is removed from pre-discussed location(s) and then transferred to areas of the body needing more volume after weight loss such as the below the eyes, lips and cheeks, and chin and jawline.
Brachioplasty:Also known as an upper arm lift, redundant skin and fat deposits are removed leaving patients with smoother arm contours.
Breast Reduction & Lift: A reduction mammaplasty transforms the breasts by removing excess skin, fat and glandular tissue. When the breasts are reshaped, they are then lifted to restore a more youthful appearance. Before surgery,Dr. Bolitho will discuss whether breast implants are an option to consider.
Lower Body Lift: Known as a belt lipectomy, excess skin is removed and then lifted in areas of the abdomen, waist, hips, outer thighs and buttocks.
Medial Thigh Lift: A medial thigh lift helps reverse the appearance of sagging skin by removing both redundant skin and subcutaneous tissue.
Panniculectomy: Following a drastic weight loss, the lower abdomen may present itself with a hanging pannus, also referred to as an apron of skin. A panniculectomy corrects this be removing the excess skin below the belly button.
For some of the above surgeries, Dr. Bolitho may prefer to use liposuction to better enhance a smoother contour and promote a more youthful look.
Following your surgery, dressings, a thin draining tube(s) and compression garments may be applied.
The recovery process of your body contouring surgery depends on what procedure was performed.
During your preoperative appointment with Dr. Bolitho, you will be given specific instructions, medications, and postsurgical guidelines. Dr. Bolitho and his team will be on hand during every step of the recovery phase.
Likewise, you will be advised on when you are able to return to work and resume your normal daily activities.
In your initial consultation, Dr. Bolitho explains how cosmetic surgery is a journey. The transformations are wonderful, but patience is needed as your body adjusts to their new improvements.
Body contouring surgery offers long-lasting results when patients maintain their weight.