After losing large amounts of weight, you are much happier with the way you look in clothes than you were before. However, if you are like many people who, either through diet and exercise or weight-loss surgery, has lost massive amounts of weight, you feel that you actually look WORSE without clothes than before.
Fat goes away after weight loss, leaving the skin stretched out, saggy, and hanging. Bariatric body contouring surgery corrects this by removing the extra skin and fat and repositioning the tissues to their proper place. This results in a more natural shape, and will allow you to show off all the hard work that went into your weight loss.
A body lift may be right for you if you are healthy, don’t smoke, and have maintained a stable weight for at least 6 months.
During bariatric body contouring surgery, extra skin and fat are removed, and the skin is repositioned and stitched into place with stitches that are hidden beneath the skin. For abdominal contouring, a new “home” for your belly button will need to be made, givng you a nice “innie”. Arm contouring procedures usually combine liposuction with direct removal of skin and fat, which you will discuss with Dr. Hall before your procedure. You’ll go home with small drainage tubes to prevent fluid from collecting underneath your skin. They are usually removed by Dr. Hall during one of your first office visits a few days after surgery.
Your surgery will be done in a surgery center, and usually lasts several hours. An anesthesiologist will make sure you’re sleeping soundly throughout the procedure. You may wake up after your surgery in a light spandex garment, which you’ll wear for a few weeks under your clothes while you’re healing.
Recovery from bariatric body contouring, body lift, or other post-bariatric procedure is a little more prolonged than, for instance, breast augmentation or breast lift surgery. You won’t be able to stand fully straight for about a week afterwards while your body gets used to your new, flat stomach. It may take a few days before you are able to do normal activities around the house, and you should plan on taking 2 weeks off from work for bariatric body contouring recovery. You’ll be able to begin aerobic activity after about 6 weeks.
If you have any questions about Houston bariatric body contouring or would like to meet with Dr. Hall to discuss your option, call 713.791.0700 and schedule an appointment to meet with him at either of his Houston locations. You can also use the contact forms to request an appointment by email or request a consult via the internet at 2nd.md. To schedule an internet consultation click the 2nd MD logo below.
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