Body Contouring After Weight Loss
Following significant weight loss with or without bariatric surgery, excess skin may hinder your function, undermine your sense of well-being, and hide your slimmer self. Surgical body contouring involves the removal of excess fat and skin to reveal one’s reduced body shape. Dr. Belz offers numerous body contouring procedures, including facelift, breast lift, tummy tuck, lower body lift, arm lift, and thigh lift. She understands that drastic weight loss is a result of hard work and dedication. During your individualized consultation, Dr. Belz will discuss the procedure (or combination of procedures) that will suit your personal needs and help you achieve your goals.
Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Belz. She is ready to provide you with personalized care and a feminine perspective to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Who is an ideal candidate for body contouring?
Good candidates for body contouring are healthy, non-smoking individuals whose weight loss has stabilized. Individuals with realistic expectations, who are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, may benefit from body contouring surgery.
What are the advantages of body contouring after significant weight loss?
After losing a substantial amount of weight, the skin loses elasticity and can be significantly stretched. This impedes the skin’s ability to conform to a smaller body frame. Surgical body contouring after significant weight loss removes excess skin and fat, enhancing one’s overall shape and appearance. This can be achieved via arm lift, breast lift, tummy tuck, lower body lift, thigh lift, and facelift.
What are the risks of body contouring?
Like other major surgical procedures, body contouring has risks. Risks of body contouring include, but are not limited to: bleeding, infection, problems with wound healing, skin loss, unsightly scarring, thickened or widened scars, contour irregularities, decreased sensation, numbness, fluid accumulation, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and anesthesia risks. Dr. Belz will review the surgical procedure and risks, as well as address all of your questions, during your personalized consultation.
What should I expect before surgery?
Dr. Belz will order pre-operative lab work before surgery. You may also need clearance from your primary care doctor or another specialist. Review your medication list with Dr. Belz to determine which medications you should stop or continue prior to surgery. One should avoid medications that may increase the risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, and some herbal supplements.
How long is the recovery after body contouring?
Recovery time and post-operative restrictions vary depending on the type of body contouring procedure performed. In general, one should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity until cleared by Dr. Belz, usually four to six weeks after surgery.
"I am a 65 years old woman and went in for liposuction and a tummy tuck after wanting one for 20 years now. I took my time to research different surgeons and I had several consultations before meeting Dr. Jessica Belz.
She instantly made me feel comfortable, answering all of my questions. She really took the time to understand my concerns and I felt very informed as she explained everything so thoroughly" - T.M.
"Dr. Belz is simply amazing! I have been wanting to get this procedure for over a decade now but was still nervous when I went in for the consultation. Dr. Belz sat down with me and we talked through everything. She explained the entire process and what to expect. Even on the day of surgery when I was still a little anxious, Dr. Belz came in and calmed my nerves instantly.
She was also extremely diligent in prepping my body for surgery and took additional time while in surgery to guarantee success. I could not be more thankful for Dr. Belz and the care she provided me. I highly highly recommend seeing her and know I will be going back should I need anything.
She really makes you feel like family when you're there and so does her staff. She continues to monitor my healing and never rushes through our appointment. 10/10 would recommend!" - K.C.
"Dr. Belz is extremely knowledgeable and her training is impressive! Her bedside manner is wonderful and her office staff is friendly as well. I would recommend using her for a procedure!" - G.M.
Schedule A Consultation
Dr. Belz proudly provides patients from San Antonio, TX and surrounding areas with body contouring surgery. Contact Dr. Belz at (210)497-7100 or fill out a Contact Form here to schedule an appointment for a abdominoplasty consultation. Dr. Belz is ready to provide you with personalized care and a feminine perspective to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.