Why Body Contouring After Weight Loss?

Plastic surgery is often the only option for restoring contour.

Congratulations! Massive weight loss is an amazing achievement—but sometimes it leaves you with excess, sagging skin that can cause pain and discomfort, not to mention prevent you from feeling full pride in your accomplishment. 

Amy Simon, MD, FACS, a board-certified, double fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, specializes in body contouring for weight-loss patients. 

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Do I Need Body Contouring After Weight Loss?

The ultimate culmination of your weight loss journey.

In many cases, plastic surgery is the only option to restore a youthful, healthy, and improved body contour after massive weight loss. Give yourself the aesthetic makeover that you deserve and that reflects your accomplishment. 

The best candidates are at a stable weight and want to remove excess skin and fat deposits on the abdomen, arms, and breasts. Many patients opt for multiple procedures. The best way to know what’s right for you and your body is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Simon.

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Benefits of Body Contouring After Weight Loss

Restore your full confidence and a firmer body.

Shed the frustration that comes with extra skin folds and get the body shape you worked so hard to achieve. Body contouring can remove sagging skin around the legs, arms, abdomen, and breasts, allowing you to see the full effects of your weight loss efforts. 

Say goodbye to rashes, reduced movement, or hygiene issues as the result of large flaps of leftover skin. After your body contouring treatment, you’ll notice a flatter abdomen and a reduction of loose skin.

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Procedure: Body Contouring After Weight Loss

A procedure customized to your body.

Dr. Simon will recommend a tailored treatment plan, combining plastic surgery techniques designed to help you meet your goals. These may include arm lift (brachioplasty), thigh lift, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), body lift (belt lipectomy), breast lift (mastopexy), and even facelift (rhytidectomy). Before surgery begins, Dr. Simon will discuss incision placement to ensure the most aesthetically pleasing outcome.

Dr. Simon performs all surgical procedures alongside an anesthesiologist in a fully accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) that exceeds the most stringent state and national accreditation standards, providing you the highest level of safety available. Since body contouring procedures often combine multiple surgeries, the process may take several hours to complete.

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Recovery: Body Contouring After Weight Loss

A complete makeover that requires two weeks of downtime.

Most patients are able to walk as soon as they get home, though we recommend taking it easy for about two weeks after surgery. Despite the complexity of body contouring procedures, most patients are able to return to their full routine, including exercise, within six weeks.

Some fullness is expected immediately after surgery. Dressings are applied immediately after the procedure to reduce this. You may have drains after surgery, which are removed as soon as drainage stops. We always recommend having a friend or family member accompany you and help you in the days following your treatment.

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What Our Patients Say

Hear from one of our body contouring patients.

“How I feel today compared to where I was even a year and a half ago, I will put it on a scale from 1 to 10: I was a 1 a year and a half ago and I’m 500 today.”

–Crystal

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Before and After Photos

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Body Contouring FAQ

Are there post-surgery responsibilities for the patient?

Patients will wear compression after the surgery until otherwise instructed by Dr. Simon. After surgery, body contouring patients should try to maintain a stable weight through diet and exercise in order to avoid disturbing or reversing the results of the procedure.

How long is the recovery period for a body lift?

Recovery periods can vary. A body contouring procedure is a detailed operation that involves multiple techniques tailored to the individual patient. However, while Dr. Simon will detail your specific recovery timetable, patients can be expect to be back to a full routine within six weeks of the procedure.

What are the benefits of body contouring surgery?

The body lift can give patients who have undergone significant weight loss a reduction of excess skin, a flatter profile, and a slimmer look. The procedure removes excess fat and skin that exercise and dieting alone cannot.

Is body contouring a weight loss procedure?

No. While body contouring can help remove stubborn fat deposits, it is not a procedure used for large-scale weight loss. Indeed, ideal candidates for the surgery are those who have already lost the majority of their weight and are now at a stable weight.

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We’re Excited to Help You Look and Feel Your Best

Meet with Dr. Simon to see how body contouring can help you complete your weight loss journey.

During your consultation with Dr. Simon, she will listen to your goals, answer any questions you have about body contouring and surgery, and work with you to create a tailored treatment plan, based on how much correction is needed and where, that will best achieve your desired outcome. The goal of the consultation is to ensure you understand the procedure and can make the most informed decision.

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