Following weight reduction surgery, or any substantial amount of weight loss, skin and underlying tissues have often lost elasticity and cannot “shrink” to the reduced body size. As a result, skin that has been severely stretched is now unsupported. Upper arms may sag and appear loose and full. Breasts may flatten and hang with nipples pointed downward. The abdominal area may extend around the sides and into the lower back area, resulting in an apron-like overhang, and buttocks, groin and thighs can sag and cause hanging pockets of skin.
Body contouring improves the shape and tone of your underlying tissue that supports fat and skin, and removes excess sagging fat and skin. The result is a more normal appearance to the body, with smoother contours. This is, in essence, the final phase of your total weight loss experience.
Before you decide to undergo body contouring, your weight loss must be stabilized. If you continue to lose weight, sagging pockets will redevelop. Therefore, it is important to be committed to leading a healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition and fitness after the procedure.
The results of body contouring following aggressive weight loss are visible almost immediately. However, it may take a couple of months to see the final results of all the recommended body contouring procedures to fully develop. Minimal thin scars will remain, but the overall results are long lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness.
After your body contouring procedure is completed, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. Dr. Birely will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself and your expected recovery time.