If you’ve lost a large amount of weight thanks to a gastric bypass procedure or your own efforts, your body probably feels healthier and more vibrant, and exploring new fashions is probably a great new hobby for you. However, a new, saggy excess mass of skin can be one of the downsides of significant weight loss. In addition to being unattractive and embarrassing, this pannus can make your clothing hang improperly and hamper activity as well as provoking inflammation and skin breakdown. However, there are plastic surgeons who can eliminate this skin surplus and reshape the problematic area.
The method of elimination used will depend on the stage and extent of your weight loss. Shortly after bariatric surgery, the excess skin may simply be excised during a procedure that is called a panniculectomy. Patients with a large amount of specifically local skin surplus who must do away with more of their excess weight are usually the best candidates for this procedure.
If your current weight is more in line with your goal, a more involved and intricate procedure called an abdominoplasty may be performed. This procedure removes extra skin between the belly button to the pubic area. The abdominal muscles must also be repositioned and tightened. Abdominoplasty also may be combined with liposuction of the upper midsection in a lipoabdominoplasty procedure that Dr. Chiaramonte calls the Bella Body Lift.
In cases of more dramatic loss of weight and resulting skin sag, the excess appears not just in the abdomen but also can affect the hip and back area; this situation calls for a circumferential abdominoplasty to present the most appealing contour. An even more involved form of a circumferential abdominoplasty known as a “body lift” may be done to lift the thigh and buttock region and encourage the shape that you desire.
Following a great deal of weight loss, Dr. Chiaramonte can provide additional procedures to help you look the best you have ever looked. In addition to a tummy tuck or our Bella Body Lift, such procedures that may benefit the new you include an arm lift, laser skin resurfacing, a buttock lift, breast augmentation, or a breast lift.
To get the opinion of our board-certified plastic surgeon in National Harbor, Maryland, serving Alexandria and other Northern Virginia cities, request a consultation online or call the office at 301-567-6767.