Houston Plastic Surgeon – Body Contouring
After losing a great deal of weight, you may now want to show of your more slender body but struggle with excess skin. In this case, a body lift in Houston with cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bob Basu can get you warm weather clothing ready.
Who is a good candidate for a body lift?
A body lift is performed to address excess loose and sagging skin and irregular contours of the:
- Tummy or abdominal area
- Groin area
- Upper arms
A surgical body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. Excess skin is removed and dimpled, irregular skin can be improved. Body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat.
A body lift is appropriate for people who are of stable weight that is reasonably proportionate to their height and body frame. For women who may be considering future pregnancies, it may be preferable to postpone abdominal body lift since later pregnancy may diminish results. Body lift procedures may be performed on adults of any age who have realistic goals in mind for improvement of their body contour.
What is involved in a body lift?
Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Basu will discuss your concerns with you and explain the details of plastic surgery following massive weight loss during your consultation. Dr. Basu will work with you to determine a surgical plan that best suits your needs to create the results that you hope for.
For your body lift surgery, which can last from two to five hours, you will be given a general anesthetic. To achieve overall lower body slimming, Dr. Basu will make incisions around the circumference of your midsection in the natural folds of your skin. He will then remove the excess tissue and use liposuction to remove any excess fat deposits. When the skin has been tightened, he will close the incisions with sutures and apply a dressing and compression garment.
What are the recovery steps?
After your surgery, you will likely experience swelling and pain for which Dr. Basu will prescribe medication. Your total recovery time may be up to six weeks, during which time you will be expected to wear the compression garment. However, Dr. Basu will ask you to walk with assistance a day after your surgery.
Though the scars from your surgery will fade over time, they may not disappear completely. However, most patients accept this as a welcomed trade-off to the loose, hanging skin that was once around their lower body.
Call Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Basu at (713) 799-2278 to schedule a consultation or join his email list for more information about a body lift or body contouring after massive weight loss.