Body Contouring for Excess Skin & Tissue
After losing a substantial amount of weight, both men and women often still struggle with excess or hanging skin and loose tissue that has been left behind. Being previously overweight can stretch out the skin and cause it to lose its elasticity over time. Once skin has lost its laxity, it often does not tighten up to the body’s smaller contours after significant weight loss.
Body contouring surgery with plastic surgeon Dr. Barlow can help add the finishing touch to the contours of the body once it has reached a new, stable weight.
How does body contouring in McLean, Virginia work?
Body contouring surgery after weight loss in McLean, Virginia & Annapolis, Maryland involves a set of procedures that Dr. Barlow discusses with each patient, that is specific to what needs to be addressed with their body. Since excess skin can be an issue for multiple areas of the body after weight loss, body contouring combines multiple procedures to tighten and/or remove the skin to the body’s slimmer shape.
Some common procedures involved in body contouring are:
- Upper arm lift: For excess skin around the upper arm
- Body lift (Belt Lipectomy): For excess skin around the upper or lower body (Such as the hips, buttocks, waist, etc)
- Thigh lift: For excess skin on the inner and outer thighs
- Breast lift: For breasts that have been affected by sagging skin
- Tummy tuck: For excess skin around the abdomen
Achieving a finalized shape with your body contouring procedure
During your consultation with Dr. Barlow, the two of you will develop a customized body contouring procedure that is personalized to your own specific needs. Depending on which surgeries you will need, you and Dr. Barlow will decide if they are to all be done in one surgery or performed over time in separate stages.
Healing and recovery from body contouring also depends largely on which and how many procedures you are having as well as whether they are done in one surgery or separate ones. In most situations, you will need to be prepared to take some time off work for rest. Compression garments will also need to be worn to help the body heal.
Start your total body sculpting with Dr. Barlow
Now that you have lost the weight and are at your ideal size, you shouldn’t have to hide because of the excess skin or tissue left behind. Dieting and exercise cannot help with skin that has lost its elasticity. If you’re ready to take the final step in sculpting your body, call Dr. Barlow in Annapolis at (410) 224-2395 or Tyson’s Corner at 703-448-3800 to set up your body contouring consultation.