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Body Contouring After Weight Loss Surgery

Ava Lawson | September 27, 2013 | Posted in Body

Following any type of major weight loss, friends and family are always impressed with the dedication and commitment you’ve put forth to achieve a healthier you. But with any substantial reduction in weight, especially after a gastric bypass, what people may not realize is the embarrassment and frustrations associated with the extra skin that now hangs uncomfortably off your much thinner frame. The reality is that weight loss surgery, while incredibly beneficial, doesn’t address the lost tone and elasticity of a patient’s skin. Tissue that has been stretched out for years doesn’t have the ability to ‘bounce back’ – a consequence that can prevent men and women from enjoying the wonderful results of their weight loss efforts.

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The good news is that surgical body sculpting after weight loss surgery can eliminate that excess, hanging skin, helping transform your physical appearance while boosting self confidence. With procedures like upper arm and buttock lifts, thigh lifts and tummy tucks, you can say goodbye to loose, drooping skin, enabling you to confidently wear those clothes you worked so hard to fit into. 

Types of body sculpting after weight loss surgery

  • Skin reduction – Often performed as an add-on procedure several years post-gastric bypass surgery, a skin reduction surgery does just what it sounds like – removing excess skin from the abdomen, arms, legs and other areas of the body. This is often used in conjunction with an arm or butt lift, or a tummy tuck.
  • Upper arm lift – Arms that appear loose and saggy will benefit greatly from an upper arm lift that eliminates those flapping “bat wings,” restoring a more youthful contour so you can wear short sleeves again.
  • Lower body lift –This procedure may combine a butt and thigh lift, getting rid of extra pockets of skin. The remaining tissue is tightened back up, enabling you to take part in physical activities that were once too difficult. This type of body contouring may be performed by itself or in addition to abdominoplasty – or a traditional tummy tuck.
  • Tummy tuck – After ridding the stomach and love handle area of excess skin, muscles are tightened and repaired, giving a much smoother, slimmer profile. Best of all, the incision is skillfully hidden inside the bikini line, so no major scars are visible.
  • Breast lift – Among weight loss patients, women have the added worry of drooping breasts and downward-pointing nipples. A breast lift can rejuvenate your appearance by firming the breasts, eliminating any extra tissue and raising them back up to the normal position.

If you’ve reached your dream of a healthier weight following gastric bypass but are still bothered by sagging skin, body sculpting may be the solution. In fact, some patients think of it as the final step in their weight loss journey.

Body contouring after gastric bypass

Leading New York plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Loeb offers both the expertise and compassion sought by post-gastric bypass surgery patients. Whether you’re considering total body sculpting after weight loss surgery or prefer to address specific body parts, Dr. Loeb’s artistry and attention to detail will help restore your self confidence as you achieve the physical appearance you’ve always desired. Dr. Loeb’s dedicated medical and administrative team treat patients like family and offer full support throughout your physical and emotional transformation.

To learn more about all aspects of body contouring following weight reduction surgery, we invite you to call our Fifth Avenue offices at 212-327-3700. During a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Loeb, all questions about procedure risks and benefits will be thoroughly explained.

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