Body Contouring After Dramatic Weight Loss


Now that Burn Awareness month is behind us, we look ahead to our new focus of the month. This March, we set our sights on one of the most important elements of self-care and wellness as we spotlight fitness and nutrition. This week, let’s talk about how dramatic weight loss can affect our bodies, and what we can do to ensure we benefit most from our physical change: body contouring.

Why You Might Need Body Contouring

Great news. You’ve reached your goal weight with unbelievable results. Now, you’ve discovered that the unfortunate pitfall in losing a drastic amount of weight in a short amount of time: excess sagging skin. If you’ve been overweight for a long period, your skin might not easily bounce back any more. Add to that the fact that, as you age, your skin’s elastin and collagen naturally decrease, and you’ve got excess skin.

That’s where body contouring comes in. Surgical body contouring corrects sagging skin on your face and body so you can truly see those weight-loss results and feel like your best self again. The end goal is to smooth out your body’s contours to shape your appearance for a more proportionate look.

Popular Surgical Body Contouring Procedures

Tummy tucks and breast lifts, which are popular body contouring surgeries, are also common for those looking for a Mommy Makeover. The former targets that apron of excess skin found over the abdomen and tightens the abdominal wall. When removed, waistlines cinch, showing off those newly earned ab muscles.

Breast lifts, on the other hand, will help to reshape and elevate sagging breasts. When combined with implants, breasts become noticeably fuller. A board-certified plastic surgeon at The Derm Group can create natural results that boost confidence and complete your new look.

For those with extreme weight loss experiencing sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, and inner and outer thighs, a lower body lift will tackle all of those areas, including the area targeted by a medial thigh lift. A lower body lift procedure is more invasive than a tummy tuck because it addresses a much larger area of the skin and underlying tissue, and as such may leave more scarring. It’s commonly paired with liposuction to remove any additional fat in those target areas.

Another focus area for body contouring is the under portion of your upper arms. An arm lift will remove excess hanging skin to reveal newly built muscle and a leaner contour. After a couple weeks of recovery time, you’ll be shopping for summer favorites.

Finally, the facelift. With a dramatic weight loss—not to mention age, gravity, and sun exposure–come loose, wrinkled skin under the neck and on the lower face. By repositioning the underlying tissue, fat, and muscle, along with sculpting, lifting, and trimming, you can achieve natural-looking results.

Who is a Good Candidate for Skin-Removal Surgery?

  • Those with a BMI under 30
  • Non-smokers
  • Diabetics with stable blood-glucose levels
  • Those with stable weight for at least 6 months
  • Weight-loss surgery patients who have waited at least 2 years

If you have recently achieved dramatic weight loss and would like to talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon about your options, request a consultation with The Derm Group online or by calling (973) 571-2121.