Surgery After Weight Loss

Surgery After Weight Loss (Body Lift) - Washington, DC

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For people who’ve managed to lose significant amounts of weight, it can be disheartening to be dealing with loose, unsightly skin. After working so hard to take control of your fitness, you may feel like you can’t enjoy your new, healthy physique until your excess skin is dealt with. Excess skin can also cause a great deal of physical discomfort.

If you have experienced massive weight loss due to dieting or surgical intervention, you may benefit from surgery after weight loss to remove excess skin and tissue that is now hanging and causing you discomfort. For many patients in Washington, DC, a body lift is exactly what they need to finally feel comfortable in their body again.

A body lift is a type of surgery after weight loss that can reduce excess skin from the abdomen, buttocks, waist, hips, thighs, and arms. Several procedures are sometimes needed, depending on the number of areas treated and the amount of skin to be removed. Body contouring procedures like liposuction may also be performed in conjunction with a body lift. To learn more, read on to discover how Dr. Eric Desman from the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery can transform your post-weight loss body.

To discover the benefits of plastic surgery after weight loss, contact Dr. Eric Desman at the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery in the DC, Northern VA & Alexandria area today at (703) 884-1595 to schedule your body lift consultation.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Body Lift in DC?

You are likely a good candidate for plastic surgery after weight loss if:

  1. Your weight is now stable
  2. You’re in good health
  3. You don’t smoke
  4. You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for the results
  5. You are committed to proper nutrition, fitness, and an overall healthy lifestyle

If you’re a woman planning to get pregnant, it’s best to wait until after you’ve had children before undergoing surgery, as pregnancy can undo some of the effects of a body lift.

Understanding Your Body Lift Surgery | Northern Virginia

Patients considering surgery after weight loss typically have a few options: lower body lift, mid body lift, or total body lift. At your consultation with Dr. Desman in Washington, DC, he can devise a custom-tailored treatment plan to address any areas of concern you may have.

Mid Body Lift

As the name suggests, a mid body lift addresses cosmetic concerns in the midsection, in addition to the thighs, hips, and buttocks. Technically called a torsoplasty, many patients are drawn to this procedure for its ability to produce a contoured appearance throughout the abdomen and down to the thighs.

To begin your mid body lift, Dr. Desman will create similar incisions as the ones made in a lower body lift, and then he will remove excess skin and other tissue. The abdominal muscles will then be accessed, and Dr. Desman will bring them together and stitch them into their new place, resulting in a narrower waistline and a tighter tummy.

Lower Body Lift

Technically referred to as a belt lipectomy, a lower body lift is a popular surgery after weight loss that specifically targets the lower body. For patients who’ve experienced significant weight loss in the hips, buttocks, and thighs, a lower body lift can be beneficial, especially if the excess skin is starting to cause physical discomfort like chafing.

During a lower body lift, Dr. Desman will make an incision in your “belt” area and lower abdomen, extending it down to your inner thighs. However, your incisions may vary depending on the actual areas being treated. Through these incisions, Dr. Desman will remove excess tissue and fat, and then he will trim and tighten up the skin. The incisions will be stitched up and bandaged, and you will likely wear a compression garment afterward to facilitate healing. Depending on your cosmetic needs, you might consider undergoing a tummy tuck as well. Overall, a lower body lift should remove excess skin, and provide better lift and contour to the main areas of your lower body.*

Total Body Lift

A total body lift is a more invasive procedure, but it is an effective method for removing excess skin from all over the body. This surgery will address many areas, including the hips, buttocks, thighs, abdomen, arms, and breasts.

Since this is a major surgery involving large parts of the body, it may be performed in stages. Dr. Desman will typically begin by removing any excess skin, tissue, and fat in the abdominal and lower body area. Then, he will perform the upper portion of the body lift, which is sometimes scheduled for a separate day. During this part of the surgery, Dr. Desman will be able to address sagging skin and excess tissue on the back, arms, and breasts. Depending on your needs, a total body lift may also involve a breast lift or breast augmentation to reduce sagging and restore symmetry. For men undergoing a total body lift, Dr. Desman can also include male breast reduction, which addresses excess fat deposits in the chest.

To discover the benefits of cosmetic surgery after weight loss, contact Dr. Eric Desman at the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery in the DC, Northern VA & Alexandria areas today at (703) 884-1595 to schedule your body lift consultation.

FAQs About Post Weight Loss Surgery | Northern Virginia

This all depends on which type of body contouring procedure you undergo, and the extent of your treatment. Lower body lift patients can expect to return to work within two or three weeks, but a mid body lift can require three or four weeks of recovery. Since a total body lift is the most intensive, it can require a significant recovery period of six-to-eight weeks.

When performed on carefully selected candidates by a board-certified surgeon, you can lower your risk of complications. However, as with any surgery, there are still risks involved. Risks associated with surgery after weight loss include fluid accumulation under the skin (seroma), infection, bleeding, reduced or heightened skin sensation (which may be temporary or permanent), blood clots, and poor scarring.

While your scars will never fully disappear, they can usually be hidden by most clothing. Over time, they will flatten and become lighter, which helps them blend in with your skin. They may appear to worsen during the first weeks or months following your surgery after weight loss, but by around 18 months, they should take on their permanent appearance.

To discover the benefits of cosmetic surgery after weight loss, contact Dr. Eric Desman at the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery in Washington, DC, today at (703) 924-3144 to schedule your body lift consultation.

Many other procedures can be performed in conjunction with your surgery, including upper arm lift, thigh lift, and more. Speak with Dr. Desman about your goals, and he will help you develop the best plan for your situation. 

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