Body contouring surgery after weight loss surgery can help reduce excess skin and fat and also restore tightness and elasticity to the skin. After major weight loss, certain areas of your body may sag and appear misshapen, masking the changes your weight loss has provided.
These areas, such as the face, neck, arms, breast, abdomen, buttocks and thighs, can be easily improved through multiple procedures that will lift and sculpt your new and improved body. Known as a body lift when combined, you can pick and choose which procedures you would like to help achieve the look you desire.
Brachioplasty (Arm Lift Surgery)
Brachioplasty (or arm lift surgery) attempts to procure a more natural and youthful look by removing the fat and excess skin hanging down from the underarms. This hanging skin is more commonly seen in women, but it can also occur in men who have lost significant weight.
Buttock Augmentation (Buttock Lift)
As we get older, our buttocks may begin to droop and sag like other areas of the body. Some people would like their buttocks changed back to a more youthful appearance. Others would like their buttocks changed to a different form that better fits their desire or personality. Fortunately, like other areas, such as the breast and stomach, there are surgical options available for making these changes to a tighter, rounder and firmer appearance.
Fat Transfer Surgery
Fat Transfer Surgery is one of the most popular and common procedures we perform. It is extremely effective, and the results are permanent. We perform this procedure alone or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as facelifts and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). The key to success is highly based on the surgeon’s experience and technical abilities.
As you get older, regardless of how much you exercise or diet, getting rid of unwanted fat deposits can be very difficult. That is why liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is America’s fastest growing and most popular surgical procedure. This procedure is not a method of weight loss but is a way to improve body contour; it gives the best results in men and women who are close to normal weight and have an area of fat that does not respond to exercise and improved diet.
Thigh Lift Surgery
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your thighs, you may want to consider thigh lift surgery. This procedure reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.
Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)
Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is designed to tighten and flatten the abdomen by removing excess fat and abdominal skin and tightening muscles of the abdominal wall. Tummy tuck surgery is best suited for women and men in relatively good shape but who have loose abdominal skin and/or a significant amount of abdominal fat that won’t respond to dieting or exercise. The procedure is especially useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy.
- Have someone drive you home after surgery and help you at home for 1-2 days.
- Get plenty of rest and increase your fluid intake.
- Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may want to add more ripe fruit to your diet. Prunes and prune juice work well for most.
- Take pain medications as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol for three weeks following surgery, even when no longer taking pain medications, as alcohol causes fluid retention.
- If you regularly take vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.
- Do not smoke or consume nicotine, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.
- Start walking as soon as possible with assistance the day of surgery, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots. Starting the day after surgery, walk 300 feet three times per day with assistance daily.
- Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
- Do not drive until you have full range of motion in your legs and no discomfort in your abdomen when lifting your legs.
- No lifting greater than 5 lbs. for six weeks. Avoid straining of abdominal muscles, strenuous exercise and activities are restricted for 6 weeks.
- Sexual activity can be resumed in two weeks unless otherwise specified by Dr. Bindingnavele.
- You may shower 48 hours after surgery.
- Keep steri-strips on, and replace if they come off. Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for sign of infection. No tub soaking while sutures or drains are in place.
- Place daily soft dressing over incisions and around drain sites to wick away moisture and prevent irritation by garment along the incision line.
- Wear compression garment all the time (24/7) for six weeks post operatively.
- Sleep with back elevated (a recliner works very well) and four pillows under your knees to decrease tension on your incision.
- You may experience temporary pain, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, incision discomfort.
- Maximum discomfort will occur the first few days.
- You will have bruising and swelling of the abdomen. The majority of bruising and swelling will subside in 6-8 weeks.
- You may feel tired for several weeks or months.
APPEARANCE AND SCAR CARE
- Flatter, firmer abdomen with narrower waistline.
- You will walk slightly bent forward and gradually return to normal posture over the next 3 weeks.
- Scars will be reddened looking for six months. In time, these usually soften and fade.
- Please start using your silicone (as given to you) four weeks after surgery or as instructed by Dr. Bindingnavele. Use silicone for twelve hours daily for 4-6 months.
- Avoid exposure of scar to sunlight for 6-12 months. If unavoidable, use sunblock (SPF 30 or greater) with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
- Massage scars ten minutes at a time, three times daily while using silicone strips.
- Empty drain bulb 3 times a day and record outputs in mL (milliliters) noting time of day and drain amount. Make sure to record each drain’s output separately.
- It is normal for drain outputs to vary and for clots to be in tube and bulb.
- Do not disconnect bulb from tube.
- Do not push in or pull on the drain tube at its entrance on the skin.
- See additional attachment for more instructions and additional drain log.
FOLLOW UP CARE
- Your post-operative appointment will be scheduled before surgery for your convenience.
WHEN TO CALL
- If you have increased swelling or bruising.
- If swelling and redness persist after a few days.
- If you have increased redness along the incision.
- If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.
- If you have any side effects such as rash, nausea, headache, or vomiting.
- If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees.
- If you have yellowish or greenish drainage from the incisions or notice a foul odor.
- If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.
- If you have loss of feeling or motion.
Why Choose Dr. Vijay
Dr. Vijay is very unique in the sense of his great customer care, service and experience. He approaches each client as an individual and takes the time to thoroughly understand their needs and desired results.