Customizing Your Body Lift
Once you've decided to move forward with post weight loss body contouring, Dr. Basu will customize your procedures to meet your goals. Commonly, there are several procedures included as part of plastic surgery after weight loss.
Typically, a post weight loss body lift includes a tummy tuck to tighten abdominal skin and repair diastasis recti, or separated abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks can be tailored to each individual's needs. In a post weight loss body lift, it's common for people to have a fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty, which lifts and tightens the stomach, lower back, and buttocks.
A butt lift tones and tightens the buttocks by removing excess skin, enhancing shape and augmenting the buttocks with fat transfer if desired. A lower body lift almost always includes elements of a butt lift as well as a thigh lift.
Typically, some amount of liposuction is performed during post weight loss surgery. This helps to enhance results for a more aesthetically pleasing body contour overall. Liposuction targets subcutaneous fat deposits that may persist even after successful weight loss.
Many women are left with sagging, elongated breasts after significant weight loss. A breast lift elevates and reshapes the breasts to a more youthful, "perky" appearance.
Sometimes loss of volume in the face after massive weight loss causes sagging of the cheeks and neck. A facelift removes excess skin and restores natural contours for a healthier, more vibrant appearance.
Dr. Basu will work with you to determine a surgical plan that best suits your needs to create the results that you hope for.
Your Body Lift Surgery
In your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Basu, he will help you decide on the best approach for your appearance goals. He can also explain the procedural steps in greater detail and what you can expect during recovery.
Dr. Basu performs body lift surgery using general anesthesia. Incision locations depend on the exact approach and will vary for each individual. Dr. Basu takes special care to make incisions as discreetly placed and easily hidden as possible. Depending on the extent of your body lift, Dr. Basu may recommend that your procedure be performed in stages.
Staging Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss
Many patients require several procedures to address excess skin and fat in multiple areas of their body. For optimal safety and comfort, these procedures must be performed in stages.
The first stage of body contouring after weight loss usually involves the lower body lifting procedures, which typically include some form of abdominoplasty and sometimes buttock and thigh lifting. Breast enhancement and arm lift or medial thigh lift can be combined, typically as a second stage. The final stage typically involves procedures for the face and neck. It is usually best to wait 3 to 6 months between procedures to allow for complete healing and recovery.
About Body Lift Scars
Concerns about scarring should not deter you from undergoing this life-changing surgery. Dr. Basu is very meticulous about placing incisions in natural folds and creases, or where they are otherwise well hidden. He is also a perfectionist when it comes to wound closure, and his technical skill results in minimized scars that will fade over time. He will work with you to ensure that your post weight loss plastic surgery achieves the results that you want, and that scars are well concealed once healed. Most patients find that their slimmer, more comfortable contours are well worth the scars they are left with after surgery.
Your Recovery & Results
Because the procedures included in a post weight loss body lift can vary greatly, everyone's recovery time will be different. Dr. Basu will give you specific post-operative instructions prior to your surgery.
One of the top concerns Dr. Basu hears from body lift patients is how much pain to expect from recovery. The answer depends on which procedures are performed and the individual's pain threshold. To ensure that his patients are as comfortable as possible, Dr. Basu performs nerve blocks on all of his body lift patients. Nerve blocks utilize a local anesthetic called Exparel® to numb all areas so patients ideally don't feel pain in the surgical sites for several days. The effects last up to 72 hours and sometimes even longer. Some patients do not even use their prescription pain medication, finding that over-the-counter pain relievers are adequate.
Generally speaking, it's recommended that those considering body contouring after weight loss set aside 4 to 6 weeks of recuperation time for a safe and effective recovery. This includes restricting any strenuous activity or heavy lifting. You will be encouraged to walk as maintaining good circulation promotes healing and reduces the risk of blood clots.
It may take several months for swelling to subside and for your final results to emerge. Scars continue fading for up to a year.
Find out why so many people in the Houston area choose Dr. Basu for plastic surgery after weight loss. Request a consultation using the online form, or call our office at
(713) 799-2278 to schedule your appointment.