After losing a large amount of weight, either through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, many patients are left with loose folds of skin that do not conform to their smaller figure. Not only does the excess skin obscure their new body shape, it might make exercise and other physical activities uncomfortable and even painful.
If you are self-conscious or bothered by your post-weight loss body, body contouring with Northern New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Erwin Bulan can help. Body contouring refers to plastic surgery procedures that remove excess skin and fat while improving the shape of the underlying tissues. The result is pleasantly sculpted body contours.
The timing of your body contouring procedure plays an important role in the success of your results. In this blog post, Dr. Bulan explains how soon you can schedule body contouring after losing weight.
Timing Your Post-Weight Loss Body Contouring Treatment
Most plastic surgeons recommend patients wait to undergo plastic surgery at least six months to a year after losing a substantial amount of weight. The patient’s weight should be stable throughout this time. In addition, patients should wait until they are at or near a healthy weight. If you desire to lose more weight after bariatric surgery, you should do so before undergoing body contouring. Not only are patients of a healthier weight better candidates for body contouring (obese or overweight patients have an increased risk of complications during surgery and recovery), but maintaining a stable weight after surgery helps prolong results. Weight fluctuations after body contouring can sabotage the slimming effects of body contouring procedures. Patients should be committed to practicing healthy lifestyle habits (i.e., eating healthily and exercising regularly) in order to maintain their results.
Customized Body Contouring Results with Dr. Bulan
If you are unhappy with your post-weight loss body, Dr. Bulan can help. No matter what your needs are, Dr. Bulan will work with you to create an individualized body contouring plan that will achieve your desired outcome. Dr. Bulan offers the following body contouring procedures:
To discuss your body contouring treatment options with Dr. Bulan, please call or email our office today.