For many people who have lost large amounts of weight, whether by traditional weight loss methods or bariatric surgery, the physical problems continue even once the fat is lost. Losing significant amounts of fat can often leave skin sagging in areas such as the arms, abdomen and thighs. Dr. Bishop offers his patients customized body contouring after massive weight loss procedures to help tighten and tone skin.
The goal of the body contouring procedure is to remove excess skin and tissue that are often left behind after massive weight loss. The surgery is for those who are now at a stable or healthy weight but are struggling with skin that has lost enough elasticity to prevent the skin from tightening back up on its own. Loose skin is not a problem that can be reversed with diet and exercise, so a person will need to undergo body contouring surgery to flatten and tone areas of loose or hanging skin.
Your body contouring after massive weight loss surgery with Dr. Bishop will consist of a combination of procedures to reduce excess skin throughout your body. Your surgery may include:
During your consultation, Dr. Bishop will carefully analyze your condition and listen to your expectations in order to formulate an effective treatment plan.
Surgery will vary greatly from patient to patient based on what you and Dr. Bishop have discussed. Your body contouring procedure can be performed with the individual surgeries performed as a combination surgery, or Staged throughout time. Each surgery is designed to improve your skin’s firmness and appearance in their specific areas (the abdomen, breasts/chest, back, arms and thighs).
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The recovery period from your procedure will depend on which individual surgeries were performed. Having your procedure done in one surgery can help minimize recovery time and is just as safe as having individual surgeries. You will need to wear special compression garments for some time in order to help your skin to heal properly and to reduce the risk of swelling. Dr. Bishop will provide you with more in-depth care instructions to help you along your healing process.
If you’re ready to let go of all the skin left over from your massive weight loss, call our Orem office to schedule a private body contouring consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon Bishop.
“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2010 our decision was to have a mastectomy. My surgeon referred me to Dr. Jon Bishop. I was a little nervous, but my very first visit I knew I had made the right choice to have Dr. Bishop as my plastic surgeon. Immediately I felt at ease. My reconstruction surgery has went very well. My husband and I view Dr. Bishop and his staff not only as a wonderful team, but also wonderful and compassionate people. We now consider them all as good friends fighting for the same cause.” -Geri