After losing a significant amount of weight (whether via post-pregnancy weight loss, diet and exercise, gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery, or some combination of those), many people notice an excess of skin and fat that remains.
This is because tissue elasticity is permanently damaged by carrying excess weight, and your skin envelope loses its ability to "bounce back" into position. A frequently used analogy is that of a rubber band that gets stretched out and loses its ability to snap back.
In situations like this, surgery can be a fulfilling and effective solution.
Generally speaking, the first procedure weight loss patients opt to have done is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with or without liposuction. This provides a significant improvement in the contour of the trunk, the way clothes fit, the way the body proportions appear, and the way people feel about themselves. In addition, many endocrinologists feel that fat tissue is "metabolically active," so removing excess abdominal skin and fat may help people lose even more weight and become even more active.
Here are some examples of a recent tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and liposuction patient of mine, who lost a great deal of weight through diet and exercise. She is pictured before and 3 weeks after surgery.
If you are interested in body contouring surgery, please feel free to make an appointment to see me and discuss your concerns by calling my office at (212) 452-2400.