What is body contouring?
After significant weight loss, from both diet and exercise or after bariatric surgery, excess skin and fat are often left behind. Body contouring involves the removal of sagging skin and fat in multiple areas, using various techniques. Body contouring is most commonly performed on the tummy or mid-section, arms, thighs, buttocks and even the face and neck. A “body lift” may combine several surgical procedures.
The goal is to improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue and remove excess skin and fat. In regions where the skin has good elasticity and is able to conform to new body contours, liposuction may be an option for removal of excess fat. But, where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of a skin excision (removal) and liposuction may be recommended.
An upper body lift focuses on the breasts and back, as well as the arms. If you desire to reshape these areas, discuss this with Dr. Waltzman during your consultation.
Benefits of body contouring
Body contouring can rid you of loose and hanging skin, make your clothes fit better, remove the source of painful chafing, rashes and infections, and improve your self-esteem.
How is it done?
Although liposuction is effective at removing fat, it is not able to remove excess skin. The only way to effectively remove excess skin is with a surgical procedure. Having surgery means trading the excess loose skin for a scar. Scars do improve with time, and most patients are very happy to rid themselves of the excess skin for better fitting clothes and improved self-image.
Who is a candidate for body contouring?
- Bariatric surgery patients with significant tissue laxity in multiple body areas
- People who have successfully lost excess weight naturally by diet and exercise where excess skin and fat tissue remains
- You are at or near your ideal or desired body weight, and you have been weight stable for at least 6 months.
- You must be healthy and have no medical conditions that can impair healing or increase the risks of surgery
- You are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight and fitness level
You would be well advised to wait until a year after your bariatric surgery or significant weight loss because studies show that those who wait a year before undergoing a body lift reduce their risk of complications, and shorten their hospital stay.
Your body contouring consultation
Dr. Waltzman will meet with you to discuss your surgical goals, evaluate your health, examine and measure your body, take photos, discuss your surgical options and likely outcomes. He will offer his recommendation about a course of treatments to achieve your goals. You will have plenty of time to ask your questions, and address your concerns. You have taken a huge step toward health with weight loss, you can do things you couldn’t before and you should be proud. Now it’s time to take the last step to achieve the body you want!
Why choose Dr. Waltzman?
Dr. Waltzman is kind and compassionate, and he cares about you. He is dedicated to his patients. Dr. Waltzman will take time to listen to you, and help you in the decision making process. His office is quiet and private. He is talented, and experienced, and uses the latest techniques to help achieve your goals. His aim is to provide you with the most natural results.
When your weight is stabilized, and you remain distressed by sagging hanging skin, consider body contouring surgery. This is an opportunity to get your body back. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Waltzman in Long Beach and the surrounding areas.