Body Contouring After Weight Loss
Weight loss surgery can help you drop weight faster than through conventional diet and exercise. After significant dieting or weight loss surgery, many people seek body contouring plastic surgery to address excess skin hanging from their thighs, abdomen, arms, or breasts. In addition to looking unattractive, this condition can make it difficult for them to find clothes that fit properly and even lead to problems with skin hygiene.
Virginia plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Goldberg is a skilled body contouring specialist, sensitive to the needs of patients who have lost considerable weight. By providing post-weight loss plastic surgery to patients who have recently undergone bariatric procedures, he is able to help people more fully enjoy their decreased weight and increased freedom.
Dr. Goldberg has also organized Beauty After Weight Loss, a social group for post-weight loss patients, providing quarterly meetings and an informative blog, as well as other free support services.
To learn more about body contouring after weight loss, request a complimentary consultation online with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Goldberg.
Post-Weight Loss Plastic Surgery Options
Through our association with Fair Oaks Hospital - which has one of the most prolific bariatric surgery programs in the United States and is accredited as a Bariatric Center of Excellence - we have gained a unique insight into the needs of post-bariatric patients. Fair Oaks gained this accreditation through its efforts to put in place special measures to accommodate bariatric patients, requiring additional training of medical staff and treating a large number of cases each year.
While weight loss is an important part of becoming healthier and feeling better, some bariatric patients may be disappointed with the shape or appearance of their new bodies. Dr. Goldberg offers a number of procedures to remove excess skin and sculpt the body into the flattering and proportional shape you desire – and deserve – after major weight loss. Our body contouring procedures include:
Body Lift Surgery
Lower body lift surgery in Fairfax, Virginia addresses the loose skin of the outer thighs, buttocks, and abdomen in one procedure. This is a significant surgery that can lead to dramatic improvement in your appearance as excess skin and fat are removed and the underlying muscles and tissues are tightened. Care is taken to place incisions in locations that are normally covered by underwear or swimwear. Your body lift surgery can be performed alone or it can be combined with other body contouring procedures.
A traditional tummy tuck in Northern Virginia, technically called abdominoplasty, tightens and firms the skin and muscle of the abdominal wall. We can extend the tummy tuck for weight loss patients by bringing the incision around to the sides of the body, further trimming and shaping the waist.
In addition to looking unappealing, sagging skin in the thigh area can result in painful chafing and chronic irritation. To fix this problem that often plagues weight loss patients, Dr. Goldberg can perform a thigh lift in Fairfax, Virginia. This type of body lift surgery removes the excess skin and gives the upper legs a firmer and tighter look. To minimize scarring, incisions are made in the natural creases where the thighs meet the groin and buttocks. Patients who have excess fat in the thighs also benefit from liposuction, which can be performed with the thigh lift to decrease the bulk and volume of the upper legs.
Many people, particularly women, tend to store excess fat in the thighs and buttocks. When a great amount of weight is lost, the skin of these areas can sag. A buttock lift in Virginia removes the excess skin from the buttocks and outer thighs, giving the patient a much smoother and more toned appearance. This is a popular plastic surgery procedure for patients who want to achieve dramatic results.
After a person loses a lot of weight, the skin of the upper arms may not contract enough to fit their new, slimmer arm appearance. This loose skin sags from the arms and can make a person feel uncomfortable or unattractive. The Virginia arm lift procedure trims away the excess skin and reshapes the remaining skin for a more toned and taut effect.
Dramatic weight loss often results in decreased breast volume, which can cause sagging and often calls for breast enhancement. The goal of a post-bariatric breast lift in Virginia is to remove excess tissue, create firmness in the breasts, and restore them to a natural position and projection. In some cases, the best results are achieved by combining breast lift and breast augmentation.
After weight loss, some patients still have disproportionately large breasts. A Northern Virginia breast reduction procedure eliminates excess skin and fat, and then repositions the remaining tissue for a naturally attractive and shapely breast.
Facelift and Neck Lift
After massive weight loss, loose skin hanging from the face and neck can be corrected with facial plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift or neck lift in Fairfax, Virginia. In these procedures, skin tissue is gently smoothed and sculpted to a more flattering position over your natural features.
If you have recently lost a great deal of weight and your weight loss has stabilized, you may be a candidate for post-bariatric cosmetic surgery. Request a complimentary consultation online with Dr. Goldberg or call (703) 264-0904 to make an appointment.