Congratulations! Undergoing massive weight loss is a great achievement and something to be very proud of. Unfortunately for some, excess skin may remain and prove problematic. Sagging skin around the legs, arms, abdomen and breasts can leave individuals feeling unsatisfied and insecure, despite their great achievement. Sagging skin can even cause pain and discomfort.
Large flaps of skin left over from a massive weight loss program can leave rashes, reduce movement, and cause potential hygiene issues. While you should feel proud about shedding the excess weight, you may be left feeling frustrated by the results, with skin folds leaving an undesirable body shape. In many cases, plastic surgery is the only option to restore a youthful, healthy, and improved body contour that reflects the NEW you!
Dr. Amy Ortega specializes in body contouring after massive weight loss, giving her patients in Melbourne and Central Florida a thorough aesthetic makeover as the culmination of their journey. The procedure results in a more shapely appearance with a flatter abdomen, reduction of loose skin and less excess fat. Dr. Ortega’s compassion and professionalism help her patients feel at ease during the entire process.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary
Your Body Contouring Consultation
Once you’ve made the decision to undergo body contouring surgery, you will meet with Dr. Ortega for a thorough consultation regarding the procedure. She will assess your general medical condition to see if you are healthy enough to undergo the operation. During the meeting, you will discuss your medical history, including current medications and allergies. Dr. Ortega will also discuss your reasons for wanting a body contouring procedure, what you expect from the process, and what your desired results are.
The consultation will also give Dr. Ortega the opportunity to explain the procedure in depth and discuss how much correction is needed and where. This is an important stage of the body contouring process as the surgery generally involves different techniques tailored to the individual patient. Regardless of what contouring techniques you undergo, Dr. Ortega will answer all your questions and leave you at ease about the surgery so you can look forward to a new, firmer shape and appearance.
Patients who have shed a lot of weight and are now at a stable weight are the best candidates for a body contouring procedure, particularly those who have excess skin and fat deposits on the abdomen, arms, and breasts. Exercise and dieting will not address loose, hanging skin and may not solve stubborn fat, so a body contouring procedure can be the only option.
Body Contouring in Melbourne
The body lift is a full body correction which is comprised of numerous plastic surgery techniques tailored to each individual patient. These may include arm lift (brachioplasty), thigh lift, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), body lift (belt lipectomy), breast lift (mastopexy), buttock lift, and even facelift (rhytidectomy).
No matter how much fat and skin is to be removed, you will be placed under general anesthesia for your safety and comfort for the duration of the procedure. Because of the lengthy operations that comprise a body contouring surgery, the operation can take as much as five to seven hours or longer to complete. Before performing the procedure, Dr. Ortega will measure the amount of skin and fat to be removed and will discuss incision placement with you. Working together with you to create your treatment plan, Dr. Ortega will seek to find the most aesthetically pleasing position for the postoperative scar.
Body Contouring Recovery
A body lift is among the most remarkable of all corrective procedures because it combines many surgical techniques for a complete makeover.
Some swelling and discomfort can be expected. Dressings are applied immediately after the procedure to help reduce swelling. Having a family member or friend accompany you is best to assure you have care after the procedure and at home in the days following your operation. Patients will have drains after surgery, which will be removed when drainage stops. Dissolvable sutures will be clipped 7 to 10 days after the body contouring procedure.
Patients are able to walk and generally move about as soon as they get home, but you’ll want to plan to take it easy for about two weeks. Heavy lifting, including sports and exercise, should be avoided for six weeks after the surgery. Body contouring is a complex surgery, but patients should be back to their normal routine, including exercise, within six weeks.
Why Choose Our Practice?
Dr. Amy Ortega is a board certified, double fellowship trained plastic surgeon with extensive experience providing body contouring treatment to weight-loss patients in Melbourne and surrounding cities in Central Florida. Unlike other plastic surgeons, Dr. Ortega specializes in plastic surgery of the breast and body. She has 20 years of experience in performing corrective surgeries and providing patients with the new look they desire, as well as compassionate and professional guidance before, during, and after your surgery. She always strives for optimal results for every patient and maintains high standards for exceptional patient care.
Learn more about your options for body contouring after weight loss. Call 321.727.3223 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Ortega today!
Body Contouring FAQ
Are there post-surgery responsibilities for the patient?
Patients will wear compression after the surgery until otherwise instructed by Dr. Ortega. 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. Ortega 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.