What to Know About Body Contouring After Extreme Weight Loss?

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Even after extreme weight loss, your body might lack the desired curves you have been envisioning. Instead, you’ll have sagging skin and bulges in new places, which can make your clothes fit poorly and impact your self-esteem. Body contouring helps give you the shape you want and is often considered the last step in the weight loss path.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao of Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, AZ offers body contouring services following weight loss. You can undergo several body contouring procedures or only focus on a single problem area, such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, or thigh lift.

How body contouring can improve your appearance

After undergoing significant weight loss, you’ll notice that your skin hangs loose. Excessive skin causes folds where painful rashes or skin ulcers can occur. Body contouring removes the excess skin to create a tighter appearance. Removing excessive skin with body contouring surgery helps not only improve your appearance but also helps you enjoy a greater quality of life.

What to expect from body contouring surgery

Body contouring surgery is a major surgical procedure. You’ll be put under general anesthesia. The surgery can take 3 – 7 hours, depending on the extent and number of procedures performed.

In most cases, liposuction is also used during body contouring surgery to remove excess fat pockets before the surgical removal of the skin occurs.

As with any surgery, you will experience scarring. However, Dr. Rao always tries to limit the number of incisions and ensure they are placed in inconspicuous locations, such as natural folds in the body. Following the surgery in Tucson, AZ, you’ll be given detailed scar care instructions to help further minimize the appearance of the scarring as your body heals.

It will take a week or two to recover before you can return to work and normal activities. However, you’ll need to abstain from heavy lifting for at least six months as your body heals.

After the surgery, you will have tubes near the incision sites that help to drain away any fluid buildup. You'll also have to wear a medical garment to help assist with the swelling. Every patient is unique, so your recovery time will vary and depend largely on the body contouring surgery you have undergone. If you are undergoing multiple surgical procedures, your recovery time will take longer.

Prior to considering weight loss surgery, you’ll need to ensure that you have maintained a stable weight for at least six months. Ideally, you should be within 10 – 15% of your weight loss goal before undergoing the surgical procedure.

Learn more about weight loss surgery in Tucson, AZ

Do you want to learn more about weight loss surgery in Tucson, AZ? Contact Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery to schedule an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao.

During the consultation, Dr. Rao will address your concerns and listen to your goals after performing a physical examination. He will then provide his recommendations for the body contouring surgical procedures to help you attain your goals.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.