Massive Weight Loss Body Contouring
Either after bariatric surgery or self-directed large-volume weight loss, undesirable excess skin can be found to sag, limiting the gratification of your weight loss. This can be remedied by surgery consisting of one or more of the following procedures:
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
- Brachioplasty (arm lift)
- Thighplasty (thigh lift)
- Buttockplasty (buttock lift)
- Monsplasty (pubis lift)
- Upper Body Lift (+ Mastopexy in Women)
A lower body lift is most often performed on the lower half of the torso and the thighs, addressing the loose skin of the stomach, back, hips, thighs, and buttocks. It combines buttockplasty, thighplasty and abdominoplasty done on the same day. This results in circumferential scars around the lower torso, around the mons pubis, and along the inner thighs.
At a separate stage, an upper body lift is performed, combining brachioplasty, reverse abdominoplasty, lateral chest and back lift, and in breast lift in women.
Combined procedures are longer and more complex and patients must understand the potential for risks and complications. The recovery period is considerably longer than when the procedures are done in isolation. Blood thinners are often required around the time of surgery. A period of 3 months is required for recovery between procedures.
Outpatient, sometimes Inpatient
Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain
Pain, hematoma, seroma, infection, asymmetry, persistent numbness, adverse scarring, healing delay, under- or over-correction
Light duties: 1-2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 6 weeks
Permanent with stable weight