Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss Charlotte
Following weight reduction surgery, or any substantial amount of weight loss, the skin and underlying tissues often lack elasticity and cannot conform to the reduced body size. As a result, the skin that has been severely stretched throughout the body is now unsupported: The skin on the upper arms may sag and appear loose. The breasts may flatten and hang with nipples pointed downward. The loose skin of the abdominal area may extend around the sides and into the lower back area, resulting in an apron-like overhang. The buttocks, groin and thighs can sag and cause hanging pockets of skin. Unfortunately, no amount of dieting and exercise will remove this excess skin. Body contouring procedures after major weight loss can improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue while removing the excess sagging skin and fat. The result is a more normal appearance to the body, with smoother contours.
Various procedures such as tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), circumferential body lift, facelift, neck lift, breast lift, brachioplasty, thigh lift and other procedures can be combined to achieve the total body lift. The entire process usually requires two or three operations to complete. Good candidates for these procedures are healthy individuals who do not smoke and who have had a stable weight for at least 3 to 6 months. Dr. Miles will work closely with your bariatric surgeon and other physicians to determine when it is appropriate for you to begin body contouring. This is, in essence, the final phase of your total weight loss experience.