Weight Loss & Body Contouring Houston
People who have lost a massive amount of weight (eg. bariatric surgery, after pregnancy) may be left with unappealing excess folds of skin and fat deposits that don’t go away with diet and exercise. Sometimes body conturing surgery – a group of procedures aimed at improving your proportions by removing, lifting or redraping excess is the only solution to regain a pleasing silhoutte and eliminate problems with fitting properly into clothing.
The abdomen, thighs, upper arms, and flanks are commonly treated areas. Examples of these procedures include abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”), brachioplasty (“arm lift”), thigh lift (thighplasty), and buttock lift. Often, multiple body contouring surgery procedures are performed to achieve the best results and may be combined with liposuction to treat troublesome areas.
One important thing to consider with body contouring surgery is that, given the extent of skin that may be removed, incisions may be vary in length and the use of drainage tubes is usually required. This does not necessarily translate into unsightly scars, as areas for incisions are hidden as much as possible.
Regadless, the results of body contouring surgery can be quite dramatic, and the benefits immeasurable.
Contact Lou Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation and find out if you are a good candidate for body contouring.
If you are unhappy with the presence of excess body skin on the stomach and / or back (often resulting from significant and quick weight loss or gastric bypass surgery), Dr. Derek Lou at Lou Plastic Surgery can help. Our body lift procedures can help by providing you with a flatter abdomen, tighter buttocks, less cellulite, and the removal of back rolls or excess back skin.
Our body lift procedures are typically performed in either a hospital or outpatient facility under general anesthesia. Body lift surgery will vary from patient to patient, as different individuals have very different aesthetic goals and body types. However, in most procedures a surgeon will begin by removing excess skin from the belly. After this, the abdominal wall muscle is tightened and the fat and skin above the belly button is stretched down to the pubic area and sutured in place.
After this part of the procedure, the patient’s back is worked on. Excess fat and skin from the middle of the back is removed, which lifts the outer thighs. In some patients, a liposuction procedure will also be performed.
As mentioned above, the details of each procedure will vary from person to person. Dr. Lou will work closely with you to help determine what exactly will take place during your procedure.
Recuperation and Healing
Body lift procedures are some of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures, and can often require a long recuperation time. Professional medical care is usually required for 1-3 days after the procedure takes place. Moving and walking around can usually happen 1-2 days after the procedure, and light activity can be resumed within 10-20 days. Sports and other heavy activities, however, may not be comfortable for several weeks.
Your body lift results may be enhanced by additional procedures, such as liposuction, fat freezing, breast procedures, upper arm lift or thigh lift.
There are always risks involved with surgery and it is important to be aware of these. While there are occasionally minor complications associated with body lift procedures, major complications are extremely rare.