Body Contouring: Restoring Form After Weight Loss Surgery
December 5, 2016•30 min
You've lost a considerable amount of weight, but your skin still seems loose. What comes next?Major weight loss can alleviate pressures on the body, both physical and of a mental nature. However, the extra skin doesn’t always tighten up when the weight is gone. Major weight gain and loss takes its toll on the skin. It can cause hygiene issues and rashes. It impacts daily life. Body contouring is an option for these individuals. Some people have led an active life or had children and just need a little form and function restoration. Body contouring starts with the discussion of goals for the operation. The procedures may be done at once or take place in stages. Those who have gone through major weight loss may have hernias or weakened fascia from the now-gone weight. Blood vessels might be enlarged from having to feed so much of the body. A general surgery team is typically on back-up in case it's necessary to handle any unexpected issues. Body contouring surgery is a bit more complex than cosmetic surgery, so the techniques vary. It’s not about making the abdomen look as tight as possible but rather about restoring the form and function of that abdominal wall. Sometimes, the abdominal muscles need to be repaired so they can support the lighter body. There is no magic number that tells you when you should investigate body contouring. If your skin doesn’t retract while you lose weight, body contouring may help you. It’s okay to get help. Lifestyle changes are important after surgery. Changing diet and fitness habits can improve your results. Listen in as Dr. Jennifer Capla shares how body contouring works.