• Body contouring after remarkable weight loss

Plastic Surgery

Body contouring after remarkable weight loss

After achieving a good amount of weight loss, most patients will have skin excess in different areas of their body. In this case a body contouring plastic surgery can play an important role in dealing with this extra skin and providing an improved image after weight loss.

This type of surgery is done 12 to 18 months after weight loss surgery. The patient should have weight stability for at least 3 to 6 months, prior to this procedure.

A variety of plastic surgery procedures could be performed at different stages, depending on the need of each patient and the target area to be operated on.

Our plastic surgeon will help you in choosing the ideal procedure to start with in order to achieve a tighter contoured body. This will provide you with a functional and aesthetic benefit.

Each surgery is personalized to fit the need of the patient and to provide the best results in terms of image satisfaction, comfort and confidence.

The most claimed procedures after weight loss are the Abdominoplasty, breast lift/reduction, thigh lift, Brachioplasty (arm lift), lower body lift, liposuction and face lift.

It's important to know that more than one procedure could be done at the same time, depending on the need of the patient and the consultation of the plastic surgeon. However, we prefer to wait at least three months between each procedure.

Who is a good candidate?

A patient with excess skin after weight loss and desires to have a presentable appearance, improving their image by and large, may be a good candidate for body contouring procedures.

Types of surgeries

  • Abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck):
    After an extensive weight loss, the internal muscles of the abdomen are stretched and extended. This will cause a surplus of skin over the anterior abdominal wall. Abdominoplasty pulls and stitches the muscles together creating an internal corset and a more toned look and then resects all the extra subcutaneous fat along with the skin.
  • Breast lift or breast reduction:
    This procedure is performed to give the breast more rigidity and a better overall appearance.
  • Body lift:
    Is the removing and lifting of excess skin around the entire body. This surgical procedure gives an overall reduction of the body contour.
  • Brachioplasty (Arm Lift):
    Is the removing of the excess of fat and skin on the arms - which can often be a problem with clothes - after weight loss. Many patients will need an arm lift to have tighter and smaller contoured upper arms.
  • Rhytidectomy (Face Lift):
    Can decrease the ptosis (sagging) of the skin on the face and the neck. The aim of this surgery is to enable the patient to “look good for their age”, and to give the face a sharper outline and a brighter look.

Who is a good candidate?

Patients with excess skin after weight loss that are still considered obese, and desire to have a presentable appearance and are looking for improvement not perfection in the way they look, may be a good candidate for body contouring procedures.