Post Weight Loss Body Contouring in Monterey
Achieving significant weight loss is often a critical step in improving health, longevity, and quality of life. Whether through diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery (such as gastric bypass surgery), losing that weight is a huge accomplishment. After the weight is gone, the person may feel healthy for the first time in years. Unfortunately, significant weight loss is often accompanied by the burden of excess skin.
Monterey plastic surgeon Dr. Douglas Sunde has the compassion, skill, and experience to work with each patient to develop a unique body contouring cosmetic surgery procedure. Dr. Sunde can help people who have lost a lot of weight finally achieve a natural shape to their body, which can add to their confidence and sense of accomplishment. In addition, clothes will fit and look better.
Post -Weight-Loss Body Contouring Requires a Personalized Approach
After significant weight loss, such as that experienced by post-bariatric surgery patients, there is often an excess of skin and fatty tissue in various places on the body. This will be different for each patient. In moderate or localized instances of such drooping or sagging skin tissue, procedures like an arm lift (brachioplasty) or abdominoplasty may be indicated to correct the issue.
When the amount of loose skin is very large, however, especially where the excess skin surrounds the belly, hips, back, buttocks, and outer thighs, more extensive plastic surgery is needed to remove this circumferential excess. The procedure chosen by plastic surgeons to address this condition is called a “belt lipectomy, and is also referred to as a body lift, central body lift, lower body lift, or circumferential lipectomy.
Realistic Expectations for Body Lift Surgery
Although body contouring surgery will create scars, Dr. Sunde takes care to place scars where they are the least conspicuous, and if treated correctly, the scars will fade over time. Most post-bariatric surgery patients in Monterey find that a little scarring is a small price to pay for tighter skin and a better body shape and contour.
Learn More at a Personal Consultation
Dr. Sunde will discuss your concerns and explain the details of plastic surgery following massive weight loss. There are a number of options to consider, including which plastic surgery procedures are needed to achieve the desired results. We invite you to contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sunde at our Monterey office.