Body Contouring Basics

When you’ve gone through dramatic weight loss, the appearance of excess skin can be both a blessing and a curse. For one thing, the skin is physical proof of your weight loss that says look how far I’ve come! On the other hand, it can cause pain and limit your ability to exercise. Being ready for body contouring is a milestone to look forward to – here’s what you need to know:

Why Body Contour?

If you’ve experienced major weight loss, your skin may lack the ability to shrink and fit your new body. This results in loose pockets of skin. The excess skin can not only make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable, but it can also limit mobility. In fact, if you lose more than 110 pounds, excess skin can actually cause health concerns. In a recent study, 76% of women said their loose skin made exercise difficult, and almost half had to stop exercising all together due to skin flapping, which brought unwanted attention and irritation.

Furthermore, too much loose skin can lead to skin pain, ulcers or even infection. If you have gone through major weight loss, it’s important to make a plan about body contouring. Some plans may be covered by insurance, so it’s important to talk to your provider about your options.

What Will Be Contoured?

Common areas of excess skin include:

  • Stomach
  • Arms
  • Breasts
  • Thighs
  • Face
  • Buttox 

What Happens During Surgery?

When you come in for body contouring surgery, you will receive general anesthesia and need an overnight stay in the hospital to recover. You may also need to wear body compression garments for a few weeks, depending on recommendations from your surgeon.

Body contouring is one of the last steps to your weight loss transformation, and should be a welcomed one. We want to help you cross the finish line and ease your concerns about this procedure. To schedule a body contouring consultation, speak to one of our surgeons online or at 231-739-1933.