What is Body Contouring?
Body contouring surgery includes several different procedures depending on the part of the body that is being operated on. The goal of body contouring surgery is to lift and remove excess skin (along with the underlying fat) that becomes apparent typically after massive weight loss. Loose and sagging skin may also develop due to the aging process. Body contouring surgery improves the overall shape and contour of the target areas, which can be from head to toe. Unfortunately, the removal of a large amount of tissue requires the creation of a large scar. However, it is an exchange many patients who have undergone these procedures are happy they made.
Body contouring surgery includes:
Face and Neck Lift - Removal of excess sagging skin and lifting the face and neck.
Breast Lift- Removal of excess sagging skin, repositioning of the breast envelope and nipple to improve overall breast shape.
Upper Body Lift (bra-line lift) - Removal of loose and sagging skin folds of the upper back. The incision runs along the entire back at the bra-line. This procedure is usually combined with a breast lift in females or breast contour correction in males after massive weight loss.
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) - Tightening of the abdominal muscles to decrease the width of your abdomen, along with excision of excess abdominal skin.
Panniculectomy - Removal of overhanging skin and fat along the middle to lower abdomen. It does not include any abdominal muscle tightening like an abdominoplasty. This overhanging tissue is referred to as a pannus. Sometimes the pannus causes skin problems like chafing, skin infections, and/or chronic wounds. If you suffer with these types of issues, you may be eligible for insurance coverage.
Brachioplasty (arm lift) - Removal of excess skin from your arm pit to your elbow.
Thigh Lift - Excises and lifts skin from the front, middle, and/or outer thighs. This scar for a front and outer thigh lift is positioned along the lower border of the panty line. While the medial thigh lift creates the most effective results when a long linear scar from the inner groin extends down to about mid-thigh.
Buttock Lift - Excises excess sagging tissue along a horizontal line along the upper edge of your buttocks parallel to your hips.
Buttock Tuck - Excises excess sagging skin along the contour of the junction between your lower buttock and thighs. This improves the contour and shape of the buttocks.
Torsoplasty - Sometimes referred to as a belt lipectomy. This procedure creates an incision that is circumferential. It is a combination of the panniculectomy or abdominoplasty and buttock lift.
Am I a good candidate for a Brow and Forehead Lift?
- You are at your goal weight and stable. If you have undergone gastric bypass surgery, it has been at least 12 months.
- You do not have diabetes, history of DVT, nutritional deficiencies, or any significant illness that will adversely affect wound healing.
- You are unsatisfied with excess sagging skin which could develop from aging and/or pregnancy, and you are willing to exchange the acquisition of large scars for tissue removal.
- Moderate pain is typical. Pain is well controlled with over the counter and prescription medications.
- You may have surgical drains that will be removed in clinic about 1-2 weeks after your surgery.
- Return to work 2-4 weeks after, depending on the surgeries performed.
- Protect your incisions for 6-8 weeks. Avoid causing additional tension or friction on your incisions.
- Wear a compression garment for 6 weeks to improve swelling and contour.
- Heavy lifting and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 3 months after surgery.