What to expect
- Average Time:
- Varies, depending on the amount of surgeries performed
- Am I a good candidate?
- Stable weight, in good health
- Recovery instructions will be given to you post-surgery.
- Bleeding, infection, poor healing, uneven body contour or body asymmetry, and anesthesia risks
- Both are possible.
- The cost of the procedure will be discussed at your consultation with Dr. Peterson.
Significant weight loss should be a time for celebration. Whether accomplished through diet and exercise or surgical methods, losing a large amount of weight can provide a fresh start and an improved outlook.
Unfortunately, the rapid loss of weight often leads to other physical problems. The upper arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks, groin, and thighs often begin to sag as stretched skin is unable to conform to your new, slimmer body. Body contouring improves the shape and tone of the tissue that supports muscles, fat, and skin. It also removes excess skin, leaving a smoother, more natural appearance.
If you continue to lose weight following your body-contouring procedure, new pockets and areas of loose skin will develop, mitigating the improvements made by the procedure. If you begin to gain weight following body contouring, your already-stressed skin may begin to stretch. This leads to wide scars and unpleasant stretch marks.
As the goal of body contouring is to remove excess skin, a series of significant incisions is necessary. Depending upon your body and condition, your body-contouring process might include a lower body lift, breast lift, thigh lift, arm lift, body contouring, breast augmentation, or breast reduction.
The recovery from body contouring is different from other cosmetic surgeries, as it requires a number of individual procedures spaced over a relatively long period of time. While the different procedures that make up your body-contouring plan might seem to be unrelated, your general health is a major factor in determining the spacing between procedures.
The results of your body contouring will be noticeable as soon as swelling goes down following each individual procedure. While it might take time to reach your goals, it is important to be patient and live a healthy lifestyle. When it is all said and done, the change will make the process worthwhile.