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What is post-weight loss body contouring?

Post-weight loss body contouring is a group of surgical procedures designed to tighten loose skin after extreme weight loss and help push you over the finish line. They are highly customized and help remove the extra stretched or sagging skin. Dr. Courtney will work with you to determine which procedures will benefit your unique physiology and help you achieve that final, aesthetic goal: a slim, trim, and attractive body.

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Weight loss and its effect on the skin

Our skin starts out stretchy and elastic. As we grow, it grows with us. When we gain weight, the skin stretches to accommodate our larger body. When we lose weight, however, our skin may not be able to contract back to its original shape. Therefore, after significant weight loss, it’s possible to be left with loose, sagging skin that detracts from your new, slimmer body.

Fortunately, this excess skin is treatable. Body contouring after massive weight loss aims to remove this extra skin and stubborn leftover fat and restore contours so you can feel comfortable and confident in your post-weight loss appearance.

Your options for post-weight loss body contouring

Body contouring after weight loss is a highly customized surgery that often includes multiple procedures. During your initial consultation, Dr. Courtney will take the time to understand your aesthetic goals and your unique physique, explaining each aspect of the surgery and working with you to create a tailored surgical plan. During this consultation, you will have the time and freedom to ask all your questions and get the answers you need to achieve total peace of mind and confidence. The most common procedures that we include in post-weight loss body contouring include:

  • Tummy Tuck: This procedure for creating a tight, flat tummy is popular after pregnancy and weight loss. It tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin and fat.
  • Arm Lift: Many patients have significant excess skin on the upper arm after massive weight loss, which can be corrected with an arm lift.
  • Thigh Lift: A thigh lift can treat loose skin on the legs. This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the thighs to restore smooth and natural-looking leg contours after weight loss.
  • Body Lift: This procedure addresses extra skin on your midsection, buttocks, and upper thighs.
  • Liposuction: You may have trouble spots with excess fat, even after a dramatic weight loss. Liposuction can remove this fat while shaping and contouring your body.
  • Facelift: Facelift surgery tightens and firms your facial structure by lifting facial tissues, re-draping the skin, and removing excess skin and fat.
  • Breast Lift: Sagging breasts are very common after weight loss. Your breasts are mostly fat tissue, and when you lose weight, they can shrink significantly. A breast lift raises breasts to a higher position on the chest and reshapes breasts to a youthful, plump shape. Some women opt to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation, as adding an implant can enhance your breast shape and restore lost volume.
  • Non-Surgical: We offer skin tightening procedures from InMode, including FaceTite and BodyTite, which achieve exceptional results. We also offer Morpheus8 treatments for skin tightening and tissue remodeling to maximize the results of your surgery after weight loss and beautifully resculpt your figure. These non-surgical treatments can be performed on their own or combined with a surgical procedure to maximize your results.

Recovery after body contouring

The extent of your recovery period after body contouring will depend on how much contouring is required to achieve your ideal. Once your customized surgical plan is established with Dr. Courtney, he will explain the recovery process to you and give you an accurate estimate of time off work or other activities.

Recovering from body contouring surgeries is a relatively comfortable experience, all things considered. Pain medications will significantly reduce pain and discomfort, and you will need a lot of rest, gentle walking, and a healthy diet during recovery. Some procedures, like a thigh lift, may require additional activity restrictions while you heal.

Why choose Dr. Courtney for post-weight loss body contouring?

Dr. Courtney is a professional plastic surgeon who sees patients from the local Houston area, as well as patients who have traveled from other parts of Texas, the USA, and internationally. He sees himself not just as a doctor, but also as a partner in your journey to a new, more attractive you. Dr. Courtney has been nationally recognized as one of only six outstanding surgeons for his research by The American Society of Plastic Surgery, and he was mentored by highly prominent and esteemed plastic surgeons at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. 

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Surgery After Weightloss

Can I tighten my skin after weight loss with diet and exercise?

Diet and exercise do little to tighten skin. For significant quantities of loose skin, body contouring is one of the most effective options.

What are the benefits of body contouring surgery after massive weight loss?

Body contouring after significant weight loss offers many benefits:

  • A firmer, toned, and fit looking body
  • Enhanced confidence in your appearance
  • It is easier to exercise and move around
  • Fewer rashes and unwanted odors
  • Clothing fits better

Will insurance cover body contouring?

Many insurance companies consider body contouring to be an elective, cosmetic treatment. Speak to your insurance provider about the specific coverage of your policy, or ask one of our office staff to help.

How much does body contouring cost in Houston, TX?

Because body contouring is a highly customized procedure, we can only provide cost and pricing information after we have had a chance to examine your body and talk about treatment goals. Dr. Courtney will provide all costs and options during your initial consultation.

Is surgery or recovery painful?

Most patients tolerate body contouring surgery after weight loss well, with pain medication used to reduce discomfort during the healing process.

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