Losing 100 pounds or more is an incredible achievement. Congratulations! You’ve already done the difficult work and it is time to enjoy the fruits of your labors. Unfortunately, due to loss of elasticity, heredity, or other factors, patients who have lost a significant amount of weight may deal with unfortunate side effects. Excess, sagging skin and disproportionate, stubborn pockets of fat are common for people who have attained this difficult goal.
After significant weight loss, you deserve to feel confident and proud of your new body—after all, you worked hard for it. Dr. Stark and the team at the StarkMD Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center have helped a wide variety of patients in the Philadelphia area to be able to fully enjoy their weight loss achievement without the disappointment of sagging skin, disproportionate areas, and misshapen fat pockets.
What is involved in post weight loss body contouring?
When you are working with Dr. Stark, post weight loss body contouring is a customized menu of procedures. During your comprehensive consultation, Dr. Stark will review your needs and goals and create the best, safest and most productive surgical plan for you.
During post weight loss body contouring, excess skin and fat pockets will be removed from the appropriate areas on your body. In addition, Dr. Stark will shape the underlying tissues of targeted areas to contribute to an overall more youthful, smooth and proportionate body shape.
How is post weight loss surgery performed?
Post weight loss body contouring is carried out under general anesthesia and lasts two to five hours, depending on the specific procedures chosen.
Procedures may include:
During a breast lift, Dr. Stark lifts the placement and profile of your breasts to correct sagging. Through incisions in the breasts, Dr. Stark removes excess skin and tissue. He reshapes the remaining breast tissue to improve the contour of the breasts. Finally, he resizes and repositions the nipples to seamlessly integrate with the new size and placement of your breasts.
During an arm lift, Dr. Stark makes incisions on the underside of the arms. Through these incisions, he removes excess skin and also shapes and smooths the underlying arm tissues.
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck
During a tummy tuck, Dr. Stark makes two incisions; one from hip to hip and another at the belly button. Through these incisions, Dr. Stark tightens the muscles of the abdomen with stitches and removes excess skin. Once this is complete, Dr, Stark smooths remaining skin over your newly toned belly and makes a new opening for the navel.
Thighplasty or thigh lift
During thighplasty, Dr. Stark will excise excess skin from the inner portions of the thighs to tighten and improve the contour of the thighs. Your thigh lift may also involve liposuction to remove excess fat to further improve the contour.
Lower Body Lift
Dr. Stark offers several different types of lower body lift, each focused on addressing excess skin and contours in various regions. Each procedure is modified to suit the patient's unique needs, limitations, and personal goals which often include a more youthful and slender abdomen, hips, buttocks and outer thighs, with decreased irregularities in skin surface. Liposuction is often incorporated for additional sculpting and fat removal.
In all of these procedures, Dr. Stark will employ the most advanced surgical and closure techniques possible to ensure that scars are nearly invisible once healed.
Am I a candidate for post weight loss surgery?
In order to undergo post weight loss surgery, you must not smoke or at least be willing to quit smoking at least one month before surgery, you must also be in otherwise good physical and mental health to undergo post weight loss body contouring. Post weight loss body contouring is not a weight loss solution. It is intended for people who have consistently maintained a healthy weight for at least six months. Further fluctuations in weight will negatively affect the results of your post weight loss body contouring.
Your patient experience
Whatever the procedures for your unique post weight loss body contouring surgery, Dr. Stark will ensure you feel comfortable the minute you walk into StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center. His friendly staff, comfortable exam rooms and warm bedside manner will immediately put you at ease. We understand surgeries can be emotionally difficult and ultimately the key to a successful surgery is alignment of your goals with those of your doctor.
Your consultations at StarkMD Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery will allow you the time and comfort you deserve to discuss your desired outcome. As with any surgery, health is of the utmost importance and Dr. Stark will ensure you are taking any necessary supplementation and stop any medications that may interfere with surgery. In addition, Dr. Stark’s considerable skill and finesse come through to minimize scarring with every closing suture.
Schedule a consultation
To learn more about post weight loss body contouring, your next step is a consultation with Dr. Stark. Please call our office to set an appointment.