Massive weight loss, through surgical or non-surgical procedures, is a significant achievement and the foundation to a healthier, happier life. Following significant weight loss, patients typically feel and look better, yet excess hanging can still affect your comfort and self-image. The loose and sagging skin most commonly exists in areas such as the arms, breasts, thighs, face, abdomen, and buttocks.
Excess hanging skin can often generate hygiene problems, decrease mobility, make daily tasks difficult and create discomfort, often in the form of rashes or sores and prevent many forms of exercise. This sagging skin can be removed through body contouring plastic surgery procedures that help weight loss patients achieve a new positive body image.
Post-Bariatric patients have a variety of procedures available to assist in the removal of excess skin and restore a shapelier contour. Generally, multiple procedures will be performed to address different areas of the body, and this may occur through a series of operations over an extended period of time. Often times a staged approach is required to minimize risk and maximize the final result. Board Certified South Texas plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Bindewald will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan tailored to your unique needs.
Some of the procedures Dr. Bindewald will discuss with you while creating your unique surgical plan include:
Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
A breast lift will remove excess skin near the breasts and reduce the appearance of sagging breasts.
Some women chose to combine a breast augmentation with the breast lift. This procedure enhances the breast shape and contour through implants.
After weight loss, many males experience excess sagging breast tissue; this may be treated by liposuction alone or in combination with skin excision.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
This procedure frees up all of the extra or redundant abdominal skin and fat by removing the excess skin around the abdomen and may be used to tighten the abdominal muscles.
Upper Body Lift
This surgery can include direct excision of rolls of skin from the upper back or sides of the chest. These operations are individualized for each situation.
Belt Lipectomy (Lower Body Lift)
A comprehensive procedure to address the complete lower body; reshapes the patient's abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks.
Buttocks and Thigh Lift
These lifts remove excess skin and tighten the skin and soft tissues near the buttocks and upper thighs. This is often performed in conjunction with Abdominoplasty.
Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the arms to reduce the “bat wing” effect, typically from the armpit down to the elbow, resulting in a shapelier arm.
This procedure removes fat from one part of the body and injects it into another to restore fullness and provide a youthful look.
The results of Post-Bariatric Body Contouring will be immediately visible and further improvement in appearance will occur during the months following surgery. The changes typically seen are not subtle; they are truly dramatic and can be life changing. You can expect your new look to last, as long as you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle and do not become pregnant. Some of our happiest patients are those who have undergone Plastic Surgery after significant weight loss
If you are close to your ideal weight and would like to discuss your options for body contouring, Dr. Bindewald will be happy to meet with you to discuss your goals. Please call our San Antonio office at 844-DR-MATTB (844.376.2882) to inquire about a consultation.
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