How Can You Benefit from Body Contouring After Weight Loss?

What are the benefits of body contouring surgery? Our Vancouver area patients who are considering these types of procedures may wonder whether it’s a good choice for them. During bariatric surgery, changes are made to your digestive system to help you lose weight. Patients often turn to weight loss surgery as a last resort if they are experiencing serious health problems because of severe obesity and haven’t been able to lose enough weight with diet or exercise. After weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery, patients can expect dramatic changes to their body within the first year. Within twelve to eighteen months, they will have likely lost over one hundred pounds.

One of the things many patients don’t usually expect from major weight loss is that they may be left with excess sagging skin that can only be fixed with cosmetic surgery. There may be changes to your body shape or contours due to excess, saggy skin, and loss of muscle mass. It’s normal for some loose skin to be left behind. This occurs because your skin may not have an adequate amount of elasticity to snap back into place after you have lost weight. Even though you may be feeling physically and mentally better, the presence of excess skin can cause other physical and emotional challenges, such as physical discomfort, skin irritation, and poor body image.

Body contouring is a type of plastic surgery that involves tightening skin, shaping different areas of the body, and removing excess fat. Common examples include tucks, lifts, and liposuction. Body contouring surgery can often be the final part of a patient’s weight loss journey. It can also be beneficial for those who simply want to maximize their workout results or are struggling with other concerns such as separated abdominal muscles. Procedures such as an upper body lift, brachioplasty (arm lift) and tummy tuck can remove excess skin and tissue while reshaping the tissue for a smoother, firmer appearance. During these procedures, we make cuts to remove tissue from certain areas and sculpt smoother contours. We customize each procedure to suit your unique needs.

Want to learn more about the benefits of body contouring after weight loss? Contact Vancouver area’s Dr. Owen Reid for more details. Call us at 604-343-9309 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.