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.
How long will my results from a tummy tuck last?
These are permanent changes in the contour of your abdomen. The excess skin and fat removed by Dr. Belz in these procedures are gone for good. Also, if she has repositioned your separated abdominal muscles, that repair is permanent. If you maintain a healthy weight and make exercise a part of your life moving forward, you will enjoy your slimmer contoured abdomen the rest of your life. You will, of course, have some sagging that comes with aging, but it will be minimal if you keep your weight in line.
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.
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.