Following weight reduction surgery, or any substantial amount of weight loss, the skin and tissues often lack elasticity and cannot conform to the reduced body size. As a result, skin is now unsupported. Surgical body contouring following major weight loss improves the shape and tone of your underlying tissue and removes the excess fat and skin.
Body contouring after major weight loss usually involves multiple procedures to achieve the desired improved appearance. Your Albany Medical Center plastic surgeon will recommend the procedures that are right for you. They may include:
- Lower body lift
- Breast lift
- Arm lift
- Thigh lift
Body contouring is performed under general anesthesia. Incisions are made to remove the excess skin. It is important to remember that body contouring is performed in stages. It may take a few years to complete body contouring depending on your particular condition and goals.
After body contouring surgery is completed, bandages will be applied to the incisions. Your Albany Medical Center plastic surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site, and medications to take to reduce the risk of infection.