After massive weight loss or a weight reduction surgery, the skin and tissues of the body often lack the elasticity to conform to the reduced body shape and size. The end result of this can be excess folds of skin, which are generally resistant to diet and exercise. This excess skin might cover the pubis and groin, resulting in excessive sweating and irritation.
Body contouring can help you regain the perfect shape of the body. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and requires two to three sessions to get the desired results. Post-surgery the patient will be required to stay for two to four nights in the hospital.
The first session focuses on lower body lifting, in which circumferential skin is removed from the waist area. Excess skin in the abdomen and lower back is removed, resulting in a contoured pubic area, lateral thigh and buttocks.
What follows next is an upper body lift. This session, for females, involves a breast up lift and removal of excess skin in the front and back. In males, any excess breast skin is removed. In both men and women, the upper body lift session can be combined with an arm lift.
In the final session, the inner thigh skin is removed. The scars are made in areas that can be hidden beneath the underwear. Liposuction can be very helpful in these patients for removing excess fat and shaping the body.
When to consider body contouring?
You can be an ideal candidate –
- If you have excess loose skin that are resistant to diet and exercise
- If you wish to achieve a sleeker appearance and contoured appearance.
One thing to know here is that the scars which result from this procedure can be visible; therefore anyone who considers this procedure should be fully aware of it. Also, patients should be healthy and free from any chronic health problems.
Body contouring is a safe procedure and does not involve much risk or complications. However, it is advised that you have a member of family or a close friend by your side during your recovery. You will be required to follow-up for checkups after the surgery as often as required until you are fully recovered. Your wounds will be checked two weeks after your surgery and your surgeon will see you after 6 weeks for a follow-up assessment. Attending all necessary post-operative appointments ensures a quicker recovery. Also, it is recommended that you take at least four to six weeks off work, do not drive for two weeks and avoid any physical exercise until advised.