When undergoing a major weight loss, the body is left with excess, sagging fat and skin. There is minimal shape and tone to the body. The biggest problem after weight loss is that the skin loses its elasticity, and is unable to conform to the reduced body size.
Body contouring is designed to remove that excess sagging fat and skin, produce a normal appearance with smooth contours and a more defined shape to the body. There may be multiple procedures involved, depending on the areas of the body that are left with the most sagging skin from weight loss.
These procedures may include:
Facelift: in this procedure, the surgeon reduces sagging in the mid-face area, along with the jowls and neck.
Breast lift: sagging, flattened breasts are particularly problematic for women. Dr. Jimerson has several different surgical options available, including implants, to reconfigure the breast area while enhancing breast shape and size.
Tummy tuck: after weight loss, the patient often is left with a large apron of excess skin that hangs over the abdominal area. Dr. Jimerson removes this excess skin, and tightens the underlying tissue and muscle for a firmer, more youthful appearance.
Lower body lift: this is a comprehensive procedure that involves removing excess, sagging skin the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thigh area. Using multiple incisions, Dr. Jimerson removes excess skin and underlying fatty tissue to restore shape and tone to the various body areas.
Medial thigh lift: the medial thigh lift is used to remove excess sagging skin of the inner, outer and mid thigh area. Incisions are made, often extending from the groin around the hip. Tissues are then tightened to produce a mother, more appealing thigh.
Brachioplasty (arm lift): this procedure removes the excess skin that is dropping downward from the arms. At the same time, Dr. Jimerson will tighten and smooth all underlying tissues that help to provide a better definition to the shape of the arm.
For all of these surgical procedures, you’ll discuss anesthesia options with Dr. Jimerson to determine what works best for you based on your medical history and preferences. Instructions will be provided on how to care for your incisions following surgery, and you will be given prescriptions for pain medication to use following the procedure.