Any form of major weight loss, whether from bariatric surgery, diet, or exercise, transforms a person’s body in many positive ways, but it can also take a toll on the remaining skin and muscles, leaving them loose and saggy. A common and effective solution for loose skin following weight loss is body contouring.
Body contouring is a procedure or series of procedures that removes excess fat and skin in different areas of the body while reshaping underlying tissues, creating a smoother appearance.
The ideal candidate for body contouring is a generally healthy adult whose weight loss has stabilized, who is a non-smoker, and who is committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper: nutrition and exercise.
When considering body contouring or another plastic surgery following major weight loss, the first important step to take after a consultation is to get cleared for the procedure by your bariatric surgeon or primary care physician. You may also be required to modify or change medications, stop smoking, or avoid taking aspirin, other anti-inflammatory medications, or herbal supplements, as these can thin the blood.
The procedure combines reconstructive and best cosmetic techniques to tighten, lift, and contour areas affected by sagging skin or muscles (for example: arms, abdomen, thighs, etc.) Patients sometimes opt to combine body contouring with additional procedures, such as a breast lift or liposuction, to maximize results.
Following surgery, small tubes may be placed under the Juvederm? skin for a few days to drain fluid, and patients may need to wear compression garments to help with healing. It’s also wise to have a friend, relative or home aid stay with you for the first night following the procedure.
Body Contouring In Baton Rouge
If you would like to learn more about the various plastic surgery procedures that Dr. J. Anthony Stephens offers, please contact his office, located in Baton Rouge, LA, at 225.754.4983. Dr. Stephens has been practicing in Baton Rouge since 1998 and specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. You can also reach us via our online form. We look forward ear to hearing from you.