Losing a large amount of weight is an amazing accomplishment. Whether it’s with weight loss surgery or through diet and exercise, we applaud your hard work. Unfortunately, many people are left with loose and sagging skin that keeps them from enjoying their weight loss as much as they otherwise could. Body contouring surgery can be the final step in your weight loss journey that puts you on the path to great health.
Am I a Candidate?
As with most types of elective surgery, it’s important that you be a non-smoker who is at or close to your goal weight. If you’ve had a large amount of weight loss, particularly after weight loss surgery, it’s best to be at a stable weight for 6-12 months before having surgery. The most common types of body contouring after weight loss are tummy tuck, arm lift, breast lift, breast reduction, and thigh lift. It’s often possible to combine several procedures together, which saves cost and recovery time. For instance, arms and breasts is a common combination, as is abdomen and breasts. Dr. MacLennan will need to examine you to make a recommendation on the procedures that may help you, and if they can be combined.
How is the Surgery Done?
To remove loose and sagging skin, it’s usually necessary to make long incisions, so these are not minimally-invasive procedures. Despite the long incisions, most patients recover very well, and find that pain is surprisingly minimal. Check our pages on the individual procedures for more information.
What is Recovery Like?
Recovery times vary, depending upon the procedure or combination. At minimum, 2 weeks off work are necessary to recover from a breast procedure, while it may take 6-8 weeks to get back to full activity after an abdominoplasty or combination surgery.
You’ve made great progress with your weight loss, now take the next step and get rid of the extra sagging skin to complete your transformation! Call Mountain Lake Plastic Surgery at (802) 231-4284 to get started.