Losing significant weight is a huge achievement. But after reaching your weight-loss goal, you may find your healthy, thin body needs some additional aesthetic fine-tuning. Extreme weight loss often leaves behind a large amount of skin which may hang around the face, breasts, legs, arms, and abdomen. Because skin loses elasticity after stretching, it often does not shrink back to its former shape and size.

Dr. David Dreyfuss offers body contouring surgeries designed to remove excess skin for patients who have lost substantial weight. These post weight-loss surgeries remove excess skin and fat and lift and tighten target areas so you are more comfortable in an active lifestyle and can wear fashionable clothing with confidence.

When to Consider Plastic Surgery after Dramatic Weight Loss

  • When sagging skin is an issue in multiple areas including the back, thighs, abdomen, breasts, neck, and face.
  • When your weight is stable for 18 months or more after reaching your weight-loss.

Candidates

When plastic surgery is necessary to treat sagging skin, these characteristics define a good candidate:

  • Target weight is stable for at least six months, and the patient is expecting no additional weight loss. Body contouring should not be considered for two years after starting a dramatic weight-loss treatment plan. This period will allow the skin to shrink to its limit and for any nutrition plan to become stable as well.
  • The patient is in good health without any serious medical issues like heart disease or diabetes. The patient should seek clearance for body contouring procedures from their primary care physicians or their physician treating their medical condition.
  • The patient maintains a healthy diet to maintain optimal weight.
  • The patient does not smoke. Smoking will increase the chance of complications like excessive bleeding and slow down the recovery process.
  • The patient has mental stamina. A body contouring procedure requires endurance and patience.
  • The patient has realistic expectations. Although body contouring will achieve a marked improvement in your shape, it may be impossible to restore the body and skin to how it would be if there were no weight gain.

What Surgeries are Available?

The first step to any body contouring procedure is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. They may suggest necessary procedures to help you achieve your stated goals and give you a realistic idea of the outcome you can expect. Often, multiple procedures are necessary and can be performed concurrently or done in interval sessions.

Dr. Dreyfuss will create a detailed surgical plan which may include one or more surgeries to help you achieve the body contour you want and need. These include:

Liposuction

Liposuction is designed to improve the contour of your knees, upper arms, thighs, neck, flanks, breasts, and hips. It is often performed with other body contouring procedure to extract any stubborn fat in target areas.

Dr. Dreyfuss will create tiny incisions in the targeted areas. He will then insert a cannula through the incision to remove stubborn fat. Suction from a vacuum will extract the necessary amount of fat cells to ensure proper contours.

After the procedure, he will apply surgical dressings and a compression garment.

Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

A Mastopexy is designed to resolve sagging breasts, stretched areolas and drooping nipples.

Dr. Dreyfuss will make the necessary incisions to remove excess skin, reposition nipples and reshape the breast tissue. The breast surgery will create a youthful and perky breast presence and may reduce the size of the areola if necessary. It will also tighten any loose skin to help support your newly-shaped breasts.

Surgical tape or skin adhesives may be applied to help support the skin and close the incisions.

Upper Arm Lift

After dramatic weight loss, the upper arms often become flabby and loose. An upper arm lift will remove excess fat and skin, resulting in a youthful and pleasing contour. The incision pattern and length will depend on the location of excess skin and the volume necessary to remove.

Dr. Dreyfuss will place incisions either inside the arm just above the elbow to the axilla (underarm) or toward the back of the arm. He will utilize liposuction if he deems it necessary to remove excess fat from the area.

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift removes extra fat and skin resulting in better-proportioned thighs which are tightened and toned. Liposuction is often done concurrently with a thigh lift to remove the excess fat.

Multiple types of thigh lifts are available including:

  • Inner thigh lift
  • Vertical thigh lift
  • Outer thigh lift

Dr. Dreyfuss will discuss the differences with you during the consultation to suggest the most appropriate option according to your needs and preferences.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A tummy tuck will remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area while tightening underlying muscles and removing stretch marks below the belly button.

Dr. Dreyfuss will eliminate most fat and skin between the pubic hair and the belly button while tightening the fascia overlying the muscles with permanent sutures. The surrounding skin and belly button will be repositioned.

An incision from hip bone to hip bone is required. However, it will follow the natural crease of the bikini line and be easily hidden.

Why Choose Dr. Dreyfuss

When considering surgery after significant weight loss, look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience and specialized training. Dr. David Dreyfuss has a history of superb work with body contouring with satisfying results.

Call 815-806-9400 or schedule a consultation today

 

 

 

Advances in facelift surgery have been known to improve patients’ lives by resolving their cosmetic concerns. However, it’s crucial for the facelift candidate to have realistic expectations about the psychological and aesthetic benefits gained from the cosmetic procedure. Two important factors when you are considering a facelift are your candidature and attainable goals. With the wrong attitude and expectations, the outcome may disappoint you.

No scarring, a fantasy look, and perfect symmetry are common unrealistic outcomes which many patients stress entering the facelift process.

Finding the Right Mindset

Obviously, a facelift performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon can deliver striking results, have a positive impact on your appearance, and boost your confidence and self-esteem. Nevertheless, to assume a perfect outcome would be a great overestimation.

A perfect example is seeking a particular look which is well outside of your facial anatomy. Although improving your unique beauty and a youthful result are possible with a skilled surgeon, expectations outside your facial structure (like the look of a celebrity) does not bode well for your perception of a successful outcome. Also, because responses to surgery are different from patient to patient, expecting the results of other patients is also unwise.

Another problem occurs when patients choose facelift surgery to make them feel better about their lives. Because of some traumatic event or lack of self-regard, they believe a change in their appearance will result in a change in the way they feel about themselves. This way of thinking can be a dangerous precedent. Plastic surgery should not be confused with psychological treatment but rather a form of medicine to enhance your aesthetics, not your total mental outlook.

However, it is certain many patients attain a favorable outcome with emotional benefits. Patients who want to turn back the effects of aging are pleasantly satisfied with diminishing wrinkles and restoring facial volume. Their boost in confidence helps them in their professional and personal lives as well.

Where Lasting Results are Real

One area where a facelift does not disappoint is the permanence of its outcome. Although the procedure does not halt the aging process, it will turn the clock back about ten years in facial appearance.

Temporary treatments like Botox and Dermal Fillers are great facial rejuvenation treatments and have their place in aesthetic medicine, but the results are temporary and need additional injection treatments to sustain desired outcomes.

Fighting the Effects of Aging

Another area where a facelift can help facial aesthetics is in the fight against aging. Facial aging is inevitable, but controlling sagging skin and wrinkles is possible. So, if you are wondering what can be done to turn back the clock on your facial presence, a facelift has benefits you should consider.

However, the procedure will not make you look 18 again. Although you can expect to look a decade younger, many patients want to look like they do in their high school yearbook. This desire is not doable. The purpose of a facelift is to fight the effects of aging gracefully and add beauty and character to your aging process.

So, What Can You Expect from a Facelift?

Great Expectations is not only a novel from Charles Dickens but also a standard where facelift patients often hold their surgeon. However, reality tells us improvement is possible to the face you were born with, but cannot change it into something it is not. So, what benefits can you expect from facelift surgery?

Any patient contemplating facelift surgery should expect:

  • Fresher, tighter, and firmer facial appearance
  • A younger facial presence
  • Improved confidence and self-esteem
  • Diminishing negative effects of sun and wind exposure
  • Diminished wrinkles, lines, and creases
  • Results will be effective for up to ten years

Dr. Dreyfuss expects to deliver these benefits to you and your facial appearance – and you should expect them as well. But, if you dream of a face outside the realm of possibility or expect the procedure to change your entire life, you may not enjoy the benefits of your facelift surgery, but struggle with not achieving the goal that was unattainable.

For more information about what you can expect from a facelift outcome, please call Dr. Dreyfuss at 815-806-9400 to schedule a consultation or contact us here.