Whether you achieved it through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, it is a huge accomplishment. Now that you are near your goal weight, you may be interested in a final step: body contouring surgery to complete your transformation.

The final step of your transformation

When you lose a lot of weight, your skin tends to have a hard time keeping up with the rest of your body. It lacks the elasticity to follow the changes your body is going through, and you may be dismayed at the amount of loose skin you end up with. You deserve to enjoy the full benefits of your hard work. Body contouring surgery at Austin PSI removes excess skin and fat, giving you smoother contours and a more well-proportioned body.

What is body contouring surgery?

Body contouring surgery is a combination of procedures that remove loose skin while tightening the underlying tissue and muscles. If you are considering this surgery, you should ideally be near your goal weight and the weight loss should be stabilized to ensure your safety and health.

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What does body contouring after weight loss address?

Weight loss patients often consider body contouring surgery to address or correct one or more of the following conditions:

  • Deflated and sagging breasts with nipples that point downward
  • Loose and hanging skin on the abdomen
  • Excess skin and pockets of fat on the hips
  • Excess and deflated skin on and under the buttocks
  • Loose and hanging skin around the knees and inner thighs
  • Hanging skin on the underside of the arms, also called “bat wings”
  • Loose and hanging skin on the neck, also known as “turkey neck”

Experience the Austin Plastic Surgery Institute difference.

At Austin PSI, our goal is to treat you as if you were family. Our team is composed of board-certified plastic surgeons and professional nurses and aestheticians who are here to help boost your self-confidence and free you of negative self-image issues. We are dedicated to delivering superior patient care and we are always a phone call or text away. We will discuss your options with honesty and integrity and perform your treatments with the utmost care, expertise and safety. We are here to take care of you and make sure you are comfortable and confident every step of the way.

What is the surgery like?

You after weight loss surgery will be performed under general anesthesia in our accredited surgical facility. You will most likely be required to spend the night in the hospital so you can be monitored. The recovery following this surgery can be a slow process. While the post-surgical results can be life-changing for many weight loss patients, scarring is an unfortunate part of this process.

We will make every attempt during surgery to minimize scarring as much as possible. To achieve the best possible results and to ensure your results are not compromised, you should adhere to a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and exercise.

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A fully customized surgery in Austin, TX

The goal of after weight loss surgery is to reduce the amount of loose skin that collects and hangs on the body and to lift the body area, so it looks firm, fit, and sculpted. Multiple areas of the body may need to be addressed, depending on your personal needs. Your surgeon will go over your unique circumstances and goals with you to devise a surgical plan that parallels your goals. Most surgeons will group body parts together and stage them multiple surgeries. Doing so helps reduce the risk of complications, such as blood loss and infection. Examples of this grouping include:

  • Upper body (Liposuction, breast lift, tummy tuck, arm lift)
  • Lower body (Liposuction, butt lift, thigh lift, lower body lift)
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Body contouring FAQs

Which body areas can be restored?

Common body parts that may need skin reduction surgery include the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, breasts, arms and neck. The breasts and abdomen are among two of the most popular areas addressed. A large majority of individuals will address the breasts (with a breast lift) and the tummy (with a tummy tuck) in a single surgery. As you lose weight, you will notice which areas are most concerning to you, and you can begin discussing cosmetic surgery with your plastic surgeon.

What is the best timing?

Most plastic surgeons require patients to be at or near their goal weight before moving forward with this surgery. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, removing the loose skin is all it takes to accelerate the loss of the final pounds—especially if the loose skin is getting in the way of exercise and mobility.

Will my insurance cover the cost?

In most cases, no. Insurance companies consider this surgery to be cosmetic, and they usually do not cover any of the surgical expenses. However, each surgical case is different and may have a special circumstance. Our billing coordinator works with you to provide accurate estimates and thoroughly checks the benefits of each provider.

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