Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Body contouring surgery is a set of cosmetic procedures aimed to correct the problems that arise after massive weight loss. This is especially true for those with dramatic weight loss of over 100 lbs after bariatric surgery or from diet and exercise. When the weight loss occurs, the fat goes away, leaving behind loose skin that tends to hang and fold. This excess skin can be observed in many areas, including the abdomen, thighs, buttocks/back, breasts, arms and neck/face. With this much extra skin, the only way to eliminate it is to surgically remove it.
Who is a candidate for body contouring?
Healthy patients who have loose hanging skin as a result of massive weight loss are good candidates for body contouring surgery. Body mass index (BMI) should be under 35 and weight should be stable for at least 6 months. Smokers are not candidates for body contouring surgery and are encouraged to stop smoking and eliminate nicotine from their system for at least a month prior to surgery.
How is body contouring performed?
Multiple different procedures can be performed to address your needs after massive weight loss. Surgery is typically staged with some procedures being combined. Body contouring may include:
- tummy tuck
- thigh lift
- buttock/back lift
- breast lift +/- implants
- arm lift
These procedures are mostly performed under general anesthesia. Every effort is made to minimize scarring.
What to expect after body sculpting surgery?
With many different types of body contouring procedures, you will be able to go home on the same day of surgery. Instructions will be given to you specific to your procedure and will include guidelines for activity. Often, compression garments will be required and provided to you to increase comfort and counteract swelling. You’re advised to take your prescribed medications as directed. Your follow up appointment with Dr. Farris is typically within a week of your surgery. If you are staging multiple procedures, about 3 months is required for proper healing before proceeding to the next surgery.
Body Contouring FAQs:
How soon do you see results from body contouring?
We know you will be excited to see your new look after a body contouring procedure! But how soon you will see results will vary depending on your specific treatment and your body's natural healing process. It may take several months to see the full effects of your body contouring surgery as your body recovers and the swelling disappears. Patience is vital in body contouring, and the wait is well worth it for the confidence and self-esteem of a contoured, toned body.
What can you not do after body sculpting?
While it might be a cosmetic procedure, it is essential to remember that body contouring is surgery first and foremost! Adequate time to rest and heal is a necessary part of your procedure. We recommend patients prepare to take the appropriate about of time away from work and other obligations to allow for recovery.
You should avoid strenuous exercise or physical activity for at least a few weeks. This can cause unnecessary strain on your body and slow down the healing process. Additionally, you should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as it can also hinder the recovery process. Your provider will discuss the specific limitations and guidelines after your treatment.
How do you get the best results from body contouring?
Each body contouring surgery looks a little different. The key to success is to choose the right procedure that suits your needs and goals, as well as work with a trusted provider. Dr. Farris and the Farris Plastic Surgery team are here to help you choose the best procedure. Whether you opt for non-invasive treatments or choose a body contouring surgery, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to maximize your results. We also educate patients on the importance of their recovery after the surgery. By taking care of yourself before and after the procedure, you can enjoy a more toned and sculpted figure that boosts your confidence.
How many sessions do you need for body contouring?
Choosing a surgical route for body contouring means many patients only need one procedure, depending on their desired outcome. But the answer depends on several factors, such as the amount of excess fat, the treatment area, and your personal goals.
You might opt for several body contouring options done in two or three different procedures over several years. Or you could combine procedures into one experience. Dr. Farris will discuss these options with you to develop a personalized road map to your perfect look.
Is body contouring surgery painful?
While it is true that any surgical procedure will involve some discomfort, the amount of pain felt during body contouring surgery can vary depending on the type of body contouring you have done and the extent of the procedure. Your care team will be there at every stage of your recovery to help address discomfort and manage any associated pain.