If you’re thinking about body contouring procedures after massive weight loss, there are a few important things that should be considered prior to surgery.
In addition to maintaining a stable weight, some other factors that can decide whether or not you are ready for body contouring include:
- Being in good health: For your safety, it is important that you are healthy enough for surgery.
- Having a well-rounded diet: Patients who have had bariatric surgery often encounter nutritional deficiencies — a healthy diet can help ensure proper healing.
- Being a non-smoker: Smoking can cause complications with surgery, so I recommend for patients to quit smoking at least six months prior to body contouring procedures.
- Having realistic expectations: Although post weight loss surgery can eliminate lax skin to give you a more defined silhouette, it is important to keep in mind that there will be scarring involved. However, I make every effort to conceal these scars to make them as discreet as possible. Most patients report that their scars are worth it in the end, though, as they are much happier without excess, loose skin on their body.
Your health and safety are my primary concern, so if you previously suffered from any medical conditions as a result of your weight (or any other reason), you may need to get medical clearance from your physician before undergoing surgery. Patients who are in poor health may not be candidates for body contouring.
If you are interested in learning more about surgery after dramatic weight loss, or you would like to schedule a consultation with me to see if you are a candidate, please contact my office today. I look forward to helping you on your path to a healthier lifestyle!
— Thomas B. Lintner, MD. FACS