Improve Your Figure
Body contouring is a catch-all term that is used for treating excess, loose skin and tissue of the body especially in the stomach, back and extremity areas. These procedures are designed for patients who have had major weight loss that has led to problems with sagging skin around certain areas of their body. By removing this excess skin, plastic surgeons Dr. Feledy or Dr. Maiorino can dramatically improve your figure and put the finishing touches on your weight loss efforts.
Remove Excess Skin for Smooth Results
In most cases, body contouring is a series of surgical procedures performed at one time. Men and women who undergo body contouring (sometimes referred to as body lift surgery) want the excess skin removed from areas most affected by a major weight loss. Areas that are typically treated with body contouring are:
About The Procedure
You’ve worked incredibly hard to lose a significant amount of weight. However, this can often lead to residual fat deposits and loose skin in problem areas. This skin is usually severely stretched, damaged and has lost its elasticity and may never shrink back to its original size. This skin excess can hinder the performance of daily activities and cause serious hygiene issues such as rashes. The only way to improve the appearance of these areas is typically through surgical removal of the excess fat and skin. Fortunately, both Dr. Feledy and Dr. Maiorino provide expert body contouring in Washington DC. Some of the most common body contouring procedures include tummy tuck, arm lift, body lift, thigh lift and liposuction. Other procedures include:
Body Lift Surgery:
This procedure combines the tummy tuck and the butt lift. Dr. Feledy and Dr. Maiorino work around the lower body, removing the apron of loose skin and tissue. The incisions are placed within natural skin folds, which allows post-surgical scars to be well hidden. They may choose to combine the body lift with liposuction to remove small areas of excess fat.
A panniculectomy is a functional operation that removes a large hanging apron of skin (pannus) from the abdomen. Patients requiring a panniculectomy often have severe hygiene issues that have resulted in infection or required surgical removal to correct these problems. Although we take aesthetic considerations into account for all of our procedures, this is not considered a cosmetic procedure.
Following significant weight loss, female and male patients are often left with a sagging of the tissue that lies over the pubic bone. This region is call the mons. Fullness and sagging of this region can cause difficulty with urination, sexual function and satisfaction, and clothes fitting. Although this area may be a source of embarrassment, we commonly address this area during abdominal contouring. This area will be reduced and elevated to provide a more youthful appearance.
An extended abdominoplasty is a procedure that falls between an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and a body lift. The incision for an extended abdominoplasty extends onto the back but does not go completely around the torso (like the body lift procedure described above). An extended abdominoplasty allows for the complete excision of larger abdominal areas and into the flank region, and lifting of the lateral thighs (but to a lesser extent than a body lift).
Upper Body Lift:
Some patients have significant back rolls they want to correct with an upper body lift. For women, we will often hide this incision beneath the bra-line. For men, incision line placement is often dictated by the position of the back rolls.
If you’re considering body contouring, you should be at a stable body weight, in generally good health, and be highly motivated to improve your appearance. It's also important to have realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure and notify Dr. Feledy or Dr. Maiorino if you have high blood pressure, blood-clotting issues, or tend to form excessive scars. Most candidates for body contouring surgery are between 40 and 60 years old and must be a non-smoker.
"I lost a lot of weight over a one year period. While I was happy about that, I still didn't like how I looked as my body had changed so much with the weight gain in the first place. I found out about body contouring at Belmont and it was the missing piece.”
All surgeries carry some risk of complications that can be minimized by a qualified surgeon. There are a few rare side effects, including nerve damage, blood clots, scarring, pain, swelling or heart and lung complications.
As with any surgery, there is the risk of bleeding, infection and poor wound healing. Every effort is taken to ensure any risks are minimized. Be sure to ask either Dr. Feledy or Dr. Maiorino about these risks during your consultation.
Body Contouring Recovery
Depending on the body contouring procedure, your initial recovery will take between 10 to 14 days, although some patients may need up to three weeks. It’s possible for larger procedures to require a thin drainage tube be put in place to prevent fluid accumulation, which is usually removed in seven to ten days. During this time, you will need to get plenty of rest and limit your activity. Swelling, numbness, tenderness and a feeling of tightness are common but will subside over time. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for six weeks. The doctor will provide more specific steps about your recovery from body contouring surgery.
After weight loss, people seek plastic surgery to correct the excess skin and residual fat deposits that remain. Although they are not "physical" scars, many weight loss patients believe these are constant reminders of their past. At Belmont Plastic Surgery, we consider it a privilege to participate in your weight loss journey and we are committed to helping you realize your goals. It has been great to share in the personal successes of our patients as they radiate with a new sense of self-esteem and self-confidence.
We offer comprehensive care for our significant weight loss patients and your safety is always our first priority. We work closely with bariatric (treatment of obesity) surgeons and physicians specializing in weight loss, nutritionists, primary care physicians, and weight loss support groups to ensure this goal. The result you want will be established in your consultation with Dr. Feledy or Dr. Maiorino before receiving the procedure. Incisions are strategically placed so that any scarring that may occur will be minimized. If you’re looking to find out more about the best and safest body contouring Washington DC has available, your first step is to contact us today and set up your consultation.
What To Expect
If you have thought about getting this procedure, you should seek the top body contouring surgeons Washington DC has available and schedule a consultation with either Dr. Feledy or Dr. Maiorino. A typical consultation will take about an hour. During your consultation, the surgeons will:
The caring staff of Belmont Plastic Surgery will meet with you and make sure that any questions you have about financing and insurance are answered completely. You will also be able to see body contouring before and after photographs of prior patients to see actual results and to get an idea of what to expect. It is important that you and your surgeon agree on the cosmetic details of your surgery in order to obtain the results that you want.
“Because of my experience with patients that have lost significant weight, I feel very comfortable performing these technically challenging procedures and helping patients complete their weightloss journeyu by giving them the body they dreamed of!" - Dr. Eric Maiorino
See Belmont Plastic Surgery's body contouring before and after results. It is important to look at before and after images to get an idea of what can be achieved with a surgery and to help guide the process with the doctor of determining the outcome you are going for.
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The surgeons at Belmont Plastic Surgery are here to help you take the next step on your aesthetic journey. Whether you want to restore what has been lost or improve upon what you already have, our surgeons will help you make the best possible choices for your care and deliver excellent results. Every day is an opportunity to live a more beautiful life. Seize your opportunity today with a consultation at Belmont Plastic Surgery.
5530 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 818, Chevy Chase MD 20815