Even after dramatic weight loss, your body may not have the desired appearance you were hoping to achieve due to all of the excess, sagging skin. Body contouring is a surgical procedure that allows for the removal of this excess skin and fat following massive weight loss. Common body contouring procedures include:
Tummy tuck: targets sagging of the abdomen
Lower body lift: targets sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin, and outer thighs
Thigh lift: targets the sagging of inner, outer, and mid-thigh
Breast lift: targets sagging, flattened breasts
Arm lift: targets sagging upper arms
Facelift: targets sagging of the face, jowls, and neck
With each of these procedures, you will be put under anesthesia, and your surgeon will make incisions in the target areas where you wish to have excess skin removed. Most body contouring procedures require large incisions in order to remove the fat and skin, but these incision scars will fade with time. The exact size and location of the incision will be dependent on how much skin needs to be excised. Your surgeon will try to place the incisions in strategic locations that can be hidden by clothing.
The preliminary results of your body contouring procedure will be immediately visible, however, takes some time to see the final results. The results from this surgery are typically long-lasting as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and a stable weight.
Are you looking to complete your weight loss journey with body contouring? Look no further! Dr. Kim is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who is highly experienced in body contouring. Call into the Northwestern Plastic Surgery Clinic and schedule your free consult with Dr. Kim!