Category: Body Contouring

Excess Skin Surgery After Weight Loss: How Many Procedures Are Involved?

Congratulations! You committed to dramatic weight loss and did the work to slim down. It’s not easy to shed pounds accumulated after years if not decades. 

While getting back to your target weight can help change your confidence and body image for the better, you may still be frustrated when your reflection in the mirror doesn’t match what you’d envisioned. 

Whether you have lost weight through diet and exercise or opted for the more drastic route of bariatric surgery, you may feel frustrated with loose, flabby skin around your stomach, thighs, and upper arms. Tissues there often lack the elasticity to snap back, which means you won’t be able to achieve the slim results you deserve without help. If this is the case for you, you may be an excellent candidate for post-weight loss body contouring surgery.

What Is Body Contouring or Skin Surgery After Weight Loss?

Skin surgery can target the following trouble spots:

  • Upper arms and armpits
  • The abdominal region, including the sides and the lower back
  • Thighs and groin area
  • Buttocks that may have lost shape and symmetry

During body lift surgery, Dr. Landis trims away excess flab and improves the appearance of the remaining skin, including areas that have developed dimpling. In addition, he may choose to use liposuction to provide even better results.

Dr. Landis will meet with you beforehand to talk about your concerns and evaluate whether you are a good candidate for skin removal surgery. He will also recommend which combination of procedures will create your ideal outcome. 

Who Should Consider Excess Skin Removal?

Most skin surgery candidates have lost significant weight but remain frustrated by their excess skin which prevents them from wearing smaller sizes or form-fitting clothing. Having overhanging skin flaps can also be physically uncomfortable, and can cause chafing during exercise. 

If you have reached a stable weight and are dealing with these concerns and are committed to maintaining your results with nutrition and fitness, post-weight loss body contouring may be an excellent choice for you. Keep in mind that future weight fluctuations could affect your results and that the removal of excess skin is not designed as a weight loss surgery. When you’ve lost weight and are trying to keep it off, there’s no substitute for making healthy lifestyle choices.

What to Expect From Body Contouring Surgery

Based on your goals, surgical removal of excess skin may involve a combination of several different procedures. Patient safety dictates that only a certain number of procedures can occur concurrently. Dr. Landis will recommend a customized surgical plan that spreads the work out over more than one session.

For your comfort, these procedures will take place while you are under anesthesia. 

You should be aware that removing unwanted skin will require Dr. Landis to make incisions, which may be extensive in some cases. However, Dr. Landis uses advanced techniques to place incisions discreetly, and where you will be able to hide them with clothing. Most patients report the scars are a small price to pay considering their freedom from the burdens of heavy, hanging skin.

Removing Excess Skin to Top off Your Weight Loss

Do you feel you’ve reached an appropriate place in your weight loss journey to start planning for body contouring? Your next step should be to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Landis. He brings decades of surgical experience and contributions to advancing the field of plastic surgery to his practice in Minneapolis. 

Skin surgery is complex and you may have specific questions about your situation. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 952-562-5940 to find out more. Dr. Landis can provide the most custom recommendations in person during your consultation. You can schedule your consultation via our online form.  We look forward to your visit!

Reasons to Be at Your Goal Weight Before Plastic Surgery

weight loss before surgery

If you are considering plastic surgery, you are undoubtedly looking forward to changes to your body that will improve your appearance and help you feel more confident and happier in your own skin!  Though waiting for this transformation can be difficult, it is best to have plastic surgery once you are at or very close to your ideal weight.  Because of this, most plastic surgeons recommend that you diet and exercise to lose excess weight before your surgery. While there are some exceptions, there are many reasons to be at your goal weight before you undergo plastic surgery.

It is Always Best to Be in Your Healthiest Shape Before Any Surgery

Part of preparing your body for surgery is ensuring that it is in the best possible condition for recovery.  Regular exercise and a healthy diet contribute to your overall well-being and ability to heal after surgery.  For this reason, if you haven’t established these healthy habits yet, it is best to do so before you undergo plastic surgery.  Though not always the case, being at an ideal weight can be a good indicator that your body is healthy enough to undergo and recover from surgery.

Being at Your Goal Weight Will Allow Your Surgeon to Optimize Your Procedure

Undergoing cosmetic surgery is an investment of your time and money in your personal appearance. When your body is at or very near the weight you’d like to be at, this allows your surgeon to optimize your procedure to give you the best possible results. Some procedures, such as liposuction, can help address “problem areas” and will significantly change your shape.  And, you can obtain the best possible contour when you have lost most of the fat that you’d like to lose. If you still have a good bit of excess weight to lose, for instance, when you undergo surgery such as a tummy tuck, your surgeon would not be able to remove as much excess skin as would otherwise be possible if you were at your goal weight.  For this reason, you are likely to obtain your best possible surgery results by meeting your weight loss goals prior to your procedure.

Weight Fluctuations Can Affect Your Results

After you have had plastic surgery, you want to know that your results will last.  After all, you have invested money and time and will need to heal from surgery, and you don’t want your results to be temporary.  However, if you gain or lose much weight after your procedure, you should expect that your results will change.  Adding or removing fat to the body will shift the contours that you obtain through your surgical procedure.  Because of this, most plastic surgeons recommend that you maintain a relatively stable weight after cosmetic surgery.  So, it makes sense to undergo surgery after you’ve done all or most of your weight loss.

Is it Okay to Have Plastic Surgery if I Just Can’t Seem to Lose My Excess Weight?

Even though it is best to undergo plastic surgery after you’ve hit your goal weight, there are some people who simply can’t get to their goal weight through diet and exercise alone.  Some of these individuals turn to weight loss surgery, which can successfully help people who have tried many other methods to lose weight.  However, it takes time for the weight loss surgery to result in lost weight.  Meanwhile, the weight loss creates loose, sagging skin that you may like to address through plastic surgery.  Again, it is best to wait for this surgery until you have reached your goal weight.

For patients who are not at their goal weight and are not able or interested in weight loss surgery, it is still possible to have successful plastic surgery outcomes.  Patients can experience improvements in aspects of their appearance through plastic surgery even if they will need further weight loss after surgery. It is best to discuss your concerns, desired outcomes, and weight loss history and goals with your surgeon so that you know what to expect, and together you can make a decision about when it’s right for you to undergo surgery.

Contact us at 952.562.5940 today to find out how and when plastic surgery may be right to help you meet your appearance goals.

Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss Boosts Long-Term Quality Of Life

Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss Boosts Long-Term Quality Of Life

Body contouring after bariatric surgery improves quality of life up to 7 years out, according to a new study in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Researchers led byEva S.J. van der Beek, MD, of University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, evaluated quality-of-life assessments in 33 patients who underwent body contouring after bariatric surgery. Procedures included abdominoplasty and breast surgery. Patients repeatedly completed a standard questionnaire evaluating obesity’s impact on quality of life for an average of 7 years.

The results showed “mostly moderate to large, sustained improvement” in quality of life in the years after body contouring. Scores improved in six out of seven quality-of-life domains, including:

  • Physical functioning and appearance
  • Mental well-being
  • Social acceptance
  • Intimacy
  • Social network

In general, quality-of-life scores were lower for patients who regained weight after their body-contouring surgery, the study showed.

Overall, 55% of patients were very satisfied with their results. All but one patient said they would undergo body contouring again, and considered it “an inevitable step to improve daily quality of life.” About one-fourth of patients had further body-contouring surgery, and another 30% said they would do so if their insurance covered it.

There is an ongoing debate if body-contouring surgery is an optional or essential step after massive weight loss in the treatment of morbid obesity, study authors write. The new study “suggests the importance of including reconstructive surgery as a component in the multidisciplinary approach in the surgical treatment of morbid obesity.”

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