Body Contouring Plastic Surgery – Boston Plastic Surgery Specialists

What is body contouring surgery?

Body contouring surgery is plastic surgery to reshape the contours of the body usually after massive weight loss. Body contouring surgery most often involves removing loose sagging skin of the abdomen or tummy, arms, and thighs. Body contouring surgery can often be done in one procedure but more often multiple plastic surgery operations are required spaced six months to a year apart. Body contouring surgery often requires a team of plastic surgery specialists.

What is recovery like for body contouring surgery?

Major body contouring surgery is a complex long operative procedure. You will have drains placed beneath the skin in the areas treated. Drains may be in for 3-5 days. Surgeries lasting longer than 2 hours will require more time for recovery. Expect 3-6 weeks of recovery time.

Is body contouring painful?

You will have significant discomfort during the first week after major body contouring surgery. Pain medications will help but avoiding vigorous activity and lifting will help you much more.

When will I see my final result after body contouring surgery?

You will see improvement right away because large areas of skin have been removed and your body shape will be much more normal. However the time for swelling to go away and your final shape to be apparent will take at least 3 months.

Who should do my body contouring surgery?

Plastic surgeons who specialize in body contouring plastic surgery usually practice in a hospital or medical center. Choose a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who specializes in body contouring procedures after weight loss.

Arm lift

The arm lift or arm tuck is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure to remove loose skin from and tighten the upper arm. The arm lift is a very effective procedure but there is a surgical scar on the inside of the arm which is visible if you raise your arms above your head. Patients who do not have a lot of excess arm skin can have a scar hidden in the arm pit.

Thigh lift

Thigh lift or thigh tuck is a plastic surgery procedure to remove loose inner thigh skin. Patients request thigh lift because of chafing and irritation when the thighs rub together. The scar for a thigh lift is usually hidden in the crease between the pubis and the thigh. After massive weight loss with very large amounts of loose thigh skin, the scar will need to run down the inside of the thigh towards the knee.

Buttock lift

The buttock lift or butt lift is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure designed to remove loose buttock skin, tighten the buttock, and improve the rounded shape of the buttock. The scar is placed in the fold beneath the buttock and can be hidden.  

Body lift

The body lift, sometimes called a belt lipectomy, refers to a large skin removal operation to lift and tighten the skin below or above the waist. The body lift can lift the sagging buttocks, sagging lower abdominal skin and the pubic region.

Cosmetic plastic surgery after gastric banding and weight loss

In response to the obesity crisis in America the popularity of gastric banding and weight loss surgery has risen dramatically in the past 10 years. Weight loss surgery can be very successful. However, following massive weight loss sagging skin can cause deformity, skin irritation, skin disease, and embarrassment. Body contouring cosmetic plastic surgery is used to remove excess sagging skin following weight loss surgery and improve body shape after massive weight loss. Many of these techniques are done by a team of plastic surgeons operating in a hospital operating room.

Schedule a Body Contouring Consultation Today

If you have experienced significant weight loss, and are ready to take the next step toward achieving your ideal body, you owe it to yourself to visit one of the best plastic surgeons in Boston. Dr. Brooke Seckel is an experienced body contouring surgeon who has helped many patients improve their appearance and self-confidence. Schedule your consultation today by calling 617-455-2859.


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