What's the Best Time for Body Contouring Surgery After Weight Loss?

Published on August 31, 2021
By Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana

People with weight problems feel great after a significant weight loss. Losing a large amount of weight is not easy for many patients. They feel healthier, and they can engage in activities that have been difficult before the weight loss. But rapid weight loss also comes with some challenges. 


Having loose and hanging skin is one of the challenges. It is a common side effect for people who go through major weight loss. Hanging skin and loose folds can cause infections, rashes, discomfort, and difficulty fitting in clothes. To fix this, weight loss patients often go back for body contouring surgery.


Loose Skin After Surgery


Most overweight people carry the most weight around their belly and on their limbs. When the weight of loose skin is left hanging over the remaining muscles it interferes with dressing and exercise and can cause irritation and infections. Loose skin on other parts of the body causes discomfort and difficulty while fitting in clothes.  


What Is Body Contouring Surgery?


Body contouring surgery is the removal of excess skin after major weight loss. When the body gains weight, the skin stretches out to accommodate the weight. When there is significant weight loss, the skin does not shrink down over the new body. 


Body contouring surgery can help the skin around the stomach, breasts, hips, buttocks, arms, and thighs. The extra fat in the skin is removed, and the remaining skin is fitted well on the patient’s muscles. It gives the patient a well-defined appearance. It also gives the patient smooth skin and well-shaped limbs.


When Is the Right Time to Get Body Contouring Surgery?


Most patients consider body contouring surgery after six months to a year after significant weight loss. Doctors recommend that patients reach their ideal weight before doing the surgery. Patients must maintain a stable weight before the surgery. 


Expectations After the Surgery


Body contouring surgery promises good results. This surgery helps to tuck away excess skin and eliminates a bit of fat. However, the patient needs to understand and have realistic goals and expectations.


However, go through your expectations with your doctor to be on the same page with them about the surgery.


To learn more about weight loss surgery and body contouring surgery, visit Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana at our office in Lafayette, Louisiana. You can call 337-221-9855 today to book an appointment.