If you’ve recently lost a significant amount of weight, either through diet or exercise, or bariatric surgery, congratulations! You should be proud of your accomplishment and new physique.
Losing a lot of weight, especially in a short amount of time, may have some unwanted side effects: mainly, loose skin that hangs off the body. Many post-bariatric surgery patients struggle to feel attractive and have trouble finding clothing that fits comfortably.
Plastic surgeons like Dr. Ronald Schuster can help. He offers surgery that removes excess saggy skin from the body and “fine tunes” areas of the body for the most attractive shape. Surgery performed after large weight loss is often referred to as “Post-Bariatric Surgery” even though many patients have lost their weight without having bariatric surgery.
Your Body Contouring Options
Upon meeting with Dr. Schuster and discussing your personal needs and ideal results, he will customize a post-bariatric body contouring plan. Your treatment plan could include one or more of the following procedures:
Body lift is the solution to one of the most common problems after significant weight loss: excess loose, saggy skin that no longer contracts over the body’s contours. Dr. Schuster will remove the excess skin and tighten the body’s tissues for an overall more attractive shape. Lower body lifts address the buttocks and outer thighs. Upper body lifts address the mid-back and chest folds. Inner thigh lifts improve the loose skin in the inner thigh area. Brachioplasty procedures address the excess skin of the arms.
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) restores a flat, firm profile to the abdomen. During the procedure, Dr. Schuster will remove excess fat, repair weakened/separated abdominal muscles, excise surplus skin and re-drape the skin more tightly over the abdomen.
Liposuction is a fat removal procedure performed to “fine tune” specific areas of the body (e.g., the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, upper arms) plagued by stubborn fat deposits. It is not intended as a weight loss procedure, and is only recommended for individuals who are at, or close to, their target weight.
Breast lift treats saggy or droopy breasts for firmer, more youthful-looking breasts with a better shape. Often, breast implants will also be used in order to restore the volume that has been lost after large weight loss. Dr. Schuster can also reposition the nipples higher on the breasts.
Breast reduction is helpful for women with enlarged, heavy breasts that cause physical or psychological discomfort. Breast reduction can also improve the appearance of breasts that are asymmetrical; in other words, it can reduce the size of one breast that is noticeably larger than the other is.
Male breast reduction is intended for men with gynecomastia (a condition characterized by excessive breast tissue). Dr. Schuster will remove excess skin, fat and tissue to produce a flatter and more masculine-looking chest.
Learn More about Post-Bariatric Body Contouring
To schedule a post-bariatric body contouring consultation with Dr. Schuster, please contact our practice by calling 410-902-9800 or sending us an email today.