Weight loss is challenging and for those of you who have achieved massive weight loss, congratulations are in order. One of the reminders of one’s past size is the remaining skin that is left deflated after the fat has disappears. This extra skin can be challenging to keep clean and it’s common for skin irritation, maceration and infections to develop.
Body contouring is a means to remove unwanted and excess skin to help improve one’s contour, self-esteem and hygiene. The incisions are placed in easily concealable locations and this is often combined with liposuction to further sculpt and shape your body.
The areas commonly treated are the abdomen, back, thighs and arms utilizing a body, thigh lift and brachioplasty or arm lift, respectively.
The breast often become deflated and drooping or ptotic after weight loss. This is best treated with a lift and augmentation. Frequently your own tissue can be used to increase the upper pole volume.
Facial fat loss can often make you appear older as well. A facelift and fat grafting can restore your youthful appearance and make you look as great as you feel.
Many people want to get this done all at once but it is best to break it up into separate procedures to decrease the risk associated. Dr. Butz has extensive training in body contouring and understands how to help you achieve your goals safely.
Ideal candidates are healthy men and women who desire improvements in the following:
- Excess abdominal skin and fat
- Stretch Marks
- Excess upper arm skin
- Redundant skin folds
- Repeated skin fold infections
Preparing for your Procedure
As with any procedure, you should stop any medication or supplements that are not essential for 10-14 days prior to decrease your risk of bleeding complications. Please refer to your list of medications to avoid and always check with your Doctor prior to stopping medications.
Nutritional deficiencies are common patients that have undergone weight loss surgeries. Checking with your primary doctor and taking your vitamin supplements as directed will help ensure your body is prepared for surgery. In addition, Dr. Butz encourages patients to start on a protein and vitamin regimen 1 month prior to their procedure to optimize their healing.
Since the procedures involve removing excess skin they do require long incisions that create scars. This is a tradeoff for an improved silhouette and mobility. Dr. Butz will discuss with you your goals and the procedures necessary to reach them.
The procedure is performed in an accredited surgery center with the assistance of an anesthesiologist. An overnight stay is common if the procedure is longer than 6 hours. A gentle compression garment will be in place for the first 6-8 weeks after the procedure. Dr. Butz may leave two drains in place to help reduce the amount of swelling. You may have some numbness, tightness and pulling of the abdomen for several weeks to months. This is normal and will improve with time. You should avoid rigorous exercise for at least 2 weeks and avoid lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk. We always encourage you to be up and walking several times throughout the day.
Location: Outpatient. Possible overnight.
Recovery Time: 2-3 weeks
Schedule a consultation today to discuss your concerns and learn about your potential treatment options.