Weight loss can profoundly impact your life, contributing to your physical health, self-esteem, and emotional wellness. However, with all of the benefits losing weight has to offer, it can be hard to see the true extent of your results if you have excess skin in areas that have undergone a significant transformation. Surgical body contouring by the skilled and board-certified Houston plastic surgeons at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery effectively trims away extra skin to reveal and highlight your hard-earned physique. Maximize your weight loss results with post-weight loss body contouring in Houston, TX.
At the Clinic for Plastic Surgery in Houston body contouring after weight loss is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin following substantial weight loss.
Often as the volume of fat in various areas of the body drastically decreases, the overlying skin is unable to tighten around your slimmer body, contributing to a deflated or flabby appearance. As empowering and exciting as it is to achieve significant weight loss, your elation may be stifled by the inability to see the magnitude of your accomplishment if it is shrouded behind excess tissue. Body contouring after weight loss may target such areas as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, breasts, and arms.
Your body contouring surgery is completely customizable, with the ability to tailor your procedure to the specific areas and nature of your concerns. In addition to removing loose skin, your procedure may include liposuction to resolve any stubborn fat pockets for a smooth shape over which your surgeon can drape your skin. You will receive general anesthesia to ensure your complete comfort during your surgery.
The arms make up one of the most common areas for severe skin sagging after weight loss. As the arms are also one of the most visible areas of the body, arm lift surgery is often included in post-weight loss body contouring. Depending on the extent of your needs, arm lift surgery may include small incisions within the armpits or a longer incision spanning from the armpit to the elbow on the inside of your arm. Following your arm lift, you will be able to show off your slim and toned arms with confidence.
The thighs sometimes develop large skin folds as a result of weight loss. This condition can significantly affect your legs' overall shape and is generally not responsive to diet and exercise alone. Your surgeon will strategically create incisions according to your needs, treating excess skin in the inner or outer thighs. Sculpted thighs can greatly contribute to an overall toned appearance.
Another common inclusion in post-weight loss body contouring is tummy tuck surgery. This procedure removes excess skin and volume from the abdominal area and tightens abdominal muscles to create a flatter, leaner stomach. By including a tummy tuck in your body contouring procedure, you can achieve an athletic-looking midsection.
For patients who have developed loose or sagging skin on the buttocks due to significant weight loss, a butt lift can provide the toned and lifted look to fit and balance your new shape. There are several butt lift techniques your surgeon may choose from to help you achieve your goals.
You may include liposuction in any of your body contouring treatment areas to remove any stubborn pockets of fat remaining after your weight loss transformation. As the body cannot regenerate fat cells, the fat reduction you will achieve with liposuction is permanent..
As your skin is trimmed to fit your new body and you finally get to realize the fruits of your labor, you will be overwhelmed with pride and a deep sense of achievement. As a result, you will feel more confident in your abilities as well as your appearance. You will be able to wear the clothes you have wanted to wear for so long without concern about sagging or overhanging tissue detracting from your look. Furthermore, you will experience a significant increase in comfort. Excess tissue can easily become irritated or infected due to deep folds and rubbing. Sleeker body contours will allow you to move more freely and without unnecessary friction.
Ideal candidates for body contouring after significant weight loss should be at a stable weight and in generally good health.
It is also important that you are committed to maintaining your results with a healthy lifestyle after your surgery. You should feel excited about your treatment and have a realistic outlook toward your surgery, recovery, and results. It is also essential that you are able to take the appropriate amount of time away from work to allow yourself ample time to heal.
You can do some things beginning about two weeks before your surgery to provide yourself with the best opportunity for a smooth surgery and recovery
You should avoid medications and supplements that may thin the blood and increase bleeding, such as NSAIDs. You can also fill any prescriptions given to you by your surgeon so that they are available to you immediately after your procedure.
As you will be unable to drive after your surgery, you will need to arrange for someone close to you to give you a ride home and assist you during the first one to two days of your recovery. Make sure that you have loose, comfortable clothing clean and ready to wear. You can also prepare your recovery space with snacks, water bottles, books, or anything else you would like to have nearby while you rest after surgery.
Body contouring can be the perfect finishing touch to weight loss transformation, achieving an outward appearance that reflects your inner commitment to providing yourself with the best life possible. Contact us to schedule your consultation, where we will customize a plan to give you the best post-weight loss body contouring Houston has to offer.
In most cases, insurance companies consider body contouring a cosmetic procedure and, as a result, refuse to cover it. However, there are some cases where body contouring may be considered medically necessary. Your surgeon can help you assess whether your procedure may be eligible for coverage.
Depending on the extent of your surgery, full recovery can take several months. During your consultation, your surgeon can give you a better estimate of your recovery time according to the specifics of your procedure.
The Clinic for Plastic Surgery loves to be a part of our patients’ journeys. That starts with a consultation. No matter which path you choose, you will feel more knowledgeable and confident about your decision after a meeting with our board-certified Houston plastic surgeons. Schedule a consultation today.