Following a significant weight loss, both men and women can find that they have still not achieved their desired appearance. Being significantly overweight or having a history of weight fluctuations can affect the skin permanently.
If you have lost weight and are now unhappy with the appearance of your skin at your new, stable weight, Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Mouchantat can help.
What Is Body Contouring?
Body contouring refers to procedures that can be used to promote a more pleasing appearance following weight loss. After weight loss, areas of the body can be affected by excess skin. Body contouring procedures remove this excess skin and include arm lifts, body lifts, thigh lifts, tummy tucks, and liposuction.
Body contouring procedures can improve the appearance of:
- The inner and outer thighs, with a thigh lift.
- Excess skin on the upper arm, with an arm lift.
- Excess abdominal skin and fat, with a tummy tuck.
Body Contouring Options
Not everyone who has lost weight will have excess skin remaining in the same areas. For some, treating excess skin on the arms or legs will be very important. For others, the abdomen will be the most important area to treat. You can get body contouring procedures on a single area or on multiple areas.
The Body Contouring Procedure
Body contouring after weight loss is not a single procedure—it refers to several procedures. You and Dr. Mouchantat can explore which procedures can best improve your appearance.
You and Dr. Mouchantat will also decide whether multiple body contouring procedures can be scheduled for the same day, or whether you need to have your surgeries performed over time.
Most often, body contouring procedures necessitate that Dr. Mouchantat use skin and tissue tightening techniques to remove excess skin and re-drape remaining skin to create a more slender silhouette.
Body Contouring Aftercare
The healing and recovery period after body contouring surgery varies, depending on the procedures you have chosen. For most body contouring procedures, you should plan to rest and take time off work. Compression garments will be worn following surgery. Some body contouring procedures will require you to care for sutures. Other procedures will require you to also care for small drains at the incision site.
You will have a more significant recovery period if you choose to have more than one body contouring procedure done on the same day.
Learn More About Body Contouring in Denver
Are you interested in body contouring after weight loss? If you wish to learn more, contact Denver area plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Mouchantat. We encourage you to schedule a consultation today.