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Men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight and suffer from excessive skin laxity may benefit from a post-bariatric procedure. In general, it is best to delay body contouring until a stable weight has been reached for six months, which generally corresponds to about one year after bypass or banding surgery. Because different areas of the body may respond differently to massive weight loss, a variety of surgical procedures may be needed in order to maximize the results.
Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a tummy tuck, is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. At the same time, the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. But bear in mind, it does produce a permanent scar, which, depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, can extend from hip to hip.
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.
After substantial weight loss, weight gain or simply from the effects of aging, skin on the upper arms can be left inelastic, loose and sagging. Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, removes that excess skin and fat.
Liposuction, or lipoplasty, is a procedure that allows a surgeon to reshape most areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits. At the same time, the procedure can improve your body contours, body proportion and provide you with a renewed self-image. Liposuction is generally most effective for people who are at a stable weight but who may have localized fat deposits that do not improve with healthy eating habits or adequate physical activity. Liposuction is not an alternative to weight loss and not often recommended for people who have a considerable amount of weight to lose.