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Body Contouring after Weight Loss

Significant weight loss through diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery can result in loose, sagging skin and soft tissue along with residual fatty pockets that can be quite troubling. Dr. Joseph O’Connell has great empathy for weight loss patients and he coined the term “bariplastic surgery” in the medical literature several years ago. The aesthetic benefits of reshaping the trunk, abdomen, breasts, arms, and thighs can be dramatic and sometimes can provide long-lasting functional benefits as well. Designing a customized aesthetic plan based upon your unique priorities and goals can be the first step toward enhancing your confidence and self-esteem following weight loss.

Body Contouring After Weight Loss FAQs

  • What does body contouring after weight loss involve?

    In most cases significant weight loss results in an excess of skin with distortion of the natural shape of certain areas of the body. Sometimes residual areas of fat remain. Many corrective operations are categorized as excisional contouring procedures with their attendant scarring.

  • What areas are commonly treated after weight loss?

    The most common areas for body contouring following weight loss are:

    • The abdomen, trunk, and buttocks
    • The breasts
    • The upper arms, including the axilla (underarm) area
    • The inner and outer thighs
    • The face and neck

  • When should I have my surgery?

    Before proceeding with post weight loss contouring it’s best to be sure your weight is stable, you are close to your goal, and that approximately 18 months have passed following bariatric surgery. It’s often advisable to meet with Dr. O’Connell while your weight loss is in progress, well in advance of your future plastic surgery. We will be pleased to begin formulating your unique plan for rejuvenation following weight loss.