Body contouring is a group of cosmetic surgical procedures done to remove excess skin and other tissues and tighten the remainder. It is often done after massive weight loss. When a patient in Baton Rouge loses a lot of weight, their skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to conform to the new and smaller body. The patient is, thus, left with a lot of sagging skin that obscures their healthy new body. The patient’s excess weight had stretched their skin, and it is now drooping.
What Does Surgical Body Contouring Involve?
Body contouring will generally be done in several steps. The first step may be a lower body lift, in which the surgeon may work on the abdomen, buttocks, waist, hips and outer thighs. It may be done all at once or in stages. In some cases, our surgeon can remove the “apron” or “belt” of skin and fat hanging over the abdomen.
Other common procedures include the following:
• A breast lift to correct sagging breasts
• An arm lift to remove sagging tissue from the upper arms
• A thigh lift
Who is a Good Candidate for Surgical Body Contouring?
A candidate for body contouring with our surgeon in Baton Rouge has to be healthy and have realistic expectations. One important criterion is that they have to have maintained a stable weight for a set amount of time. If they are still losing weight at the time of the surgery, more pockets of sagging skin and tissue will develop. If they gain weight rapidly, they will stress their skin, which is already thin and weakened.
Candidates for body contouring should have also developed good habits that will enable them to maintain a stable and healthy weight well after the procedure. Since smoking increases the chances of complications, candidates for body contouring surgery need to quit smoking before the procedure.
Body contouring procedures are great for men and women in the Baton Rouge area who have lost a great deal of weight and would like to do something about the excess skin that is still hanging on. Make an appointment with Dr. Hanemann at Hanemann Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge to see how surgical body contouring can benefit you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!