Miami Post Weight Loss Procedures
What is Body Contouring After Major Weight Loss?
Losing a great deal of weight through diet and exercise and/or weight loss surgery is a phenomenal personal accomplishment that should not be overlooked. Bringing your body to a manageable, healthy weight will do wonders for your health, appearance and self-image.
After achieving great weight loss (100 pounds or more), your body is left with large amounts of heavy, loose folds of skin around your abdomen, arms, thighs, breasts, buttocks and face. This skin tends to sag and after a long period of stretching it loses its natural elasticity.
Typical issues involved with excess skin after significant weight loss are:
- Difficulty dressing and undressing
- Limited mobility
- Hygiene and medical problems
In many cases, the only way to remove the excess skin is through body-contouring cosmetic surgery. The types of body contouring procedures offered by Marshall Cosmétique in our Miami office are:
- Lower Body Lift. To correct sagging abdomen, buttocks, groin, and outer thighs
- Breast Lift (Mastopexy). To correct sagging, flattened breasts
- Arm Lift (Brachioplasty). To correct sagging of the upper arms
- Thigh Lift. To correct sagging of the inner, outer and mid-thigh
Who Should Consider Body-Contouring After Major Weight Loss?
The ideal candidates to receive body contouring at Marshall Cosmétique are those that have lost a significant amount of weight, usually 100 pounds or more. Additional criteria are:
- Your weight must be stable (This allows the skin to shrink naturally). Also, If you continue to lose more weight, sagging pockets will redevelop.
- Adults in good general health
- Individuals that are dedicated to smart nutrition and fitness practices
***Please Note*** Body lifts are not geared for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction is the suggested procedure to achieve such an aesthetic.
What To Expect?
Prior to body lift surgery, Dr. Marshall will likely have you:
- Adjust or add medication
- Stop smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin as it increases bleeding
On the day of your body contouring appointment, your procedure will involve the following steps:
- Anesthesia. Dr. Marshall will recommend whether you should undergo intravenous sedation or general anesthesia
- Incision. In order to properly remove excess skin after weight loss, extensive incisions may be required. In most cases, the incisions can be made in places where they will hidden by clothing. But bear in mind, this isn’t always possible.
- Recovery. After receiving body contouring at Marshall Cosmétique, you should expect the area in an around the incision(s) to show swelling, fluid retention and even bruising. You may also receive drainage tubes to flush out excess blood and/or fluid that may have collected during surgery.
***Please Note*** Just like losing weight, body contouring is not usually completed all at once. Most cases require multiple procedures over 1-2 years before you see the final results.
When Can I Return to Work?
Most patients can return to work in two to four weeks. Patients physically demanding jobs should wait three weeks at least. You will be asked to make regular, follow-up appointments with Dr. Marshall to monitor your progress.
Risks. Like any surgical procedure, there are health risks that accompany elective body contouring surgery. Common complications include but are not limited to:
- Uneven contours
- Skin damage/irregularities or nerve damage
- Blood clots
- Excessive fluid loss or fluid accumulation
- Unfavorable scarring