Body contouring treats loose and excess skin and tissue of the lower body including the abdomen and buttocks area. Most often, candidates for this procedure have experienced a major weight loss, leading to problems with loose skin around specific areas of their body. By this removal of this excess and loose skin, plastic surgeon Dr. Feledy can dramatically improve your figure and put the finishing touches on your weight loss efforts.
"I lost a lot of weight over a one year period. While I was happy about that, I still didn't like how I looked as my body had changed so much with the weight gain in the first place. I found out about body contouring at Belmont and it was the missing piece.” - W.P.*
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Body Contouring Surgery
What is body contouring?
In most cases, body contouring is a series of surgical procedures performed at one time. Men and women who undergo body contouring (sometimes referred to as body lift surgery) want the excess skin removed from areas most affected by a major weight loss. Areas that are typically treated with body contouring are:
- The abdominal area, locally and into the lower back area
- The abdominal sides (a.k.a. the love handles)
- The buttocks, that may be low, flat or shaped unevenly
- The groin that may sag into the inner thigh
- The inner or outer thighs.
Why undergo body contouring?
You’ve worked incredibly hard and successfully lost a significant amount of weight. However, in some occasions, you may be left with residual fat deposits that remain problem areas. A common problem to all of these areas is the excess skin that remains from when you were at your maximum weight. This skin has been severely stretched and damaged and has lost its elasticity. There is a very good chance this skin may never decrease on it’s own and it can both hinder the performance of daily activities and cause serious hygiene issues. Not to mention you’ve worked so hard to improve your appearance and this final step can’t be attained. The only way to improve the appearance of these areas is to have this skin surgically removed. Fortunately, Dr. Feledy provides expert body contouring in Washington DC.
Some of the most common body contouring procedures include tummy tuck, arm lift, body lift, thigh lift and liposuction. Less common procedures include:
Body Lift Surgery: This procedure combines techniques from the tummy tuck and the butt lift. Dr. Feledy works around the lower body, removing the apron of loose skin and tissue. The incisions are placed within natural skin folds, which often allows post-surgical scars to be well hidden. Dr. Feledy may choose to combine the body lift with liposuction to remove small areas of excess fat.
Panniculectomy: A panniculectomy is a functional operation that removes a large hanging apron of skin (pannus) from the abdomen. Patients requiring a panniculectomy often have severe hygiene issues that have resulted in infection, or worse and require surgical removal to correct these problems. Although we take aesthetic considerations into account for all of our procedures, this is not considered a cosmetic procedure.
Mons Rejuvenation: Following significant weight loss, both female and male patients are often left with a sagging of the tissue that lies over the pubic bone. This region is call the mons. Fullness and sagging of this region can cause difficulty with urination, sexual function and satisfaction, and clothes fitting. Although this area may be a source of embarrassment, we commonly address this area during abdominal contouring. This area will be reduced and elevated to provide a more youthful appearance.
Extended abdominoplasty: An extended abdominoplasty is procedure that falls between an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and a body lift. The incision for an extended abdominoplasty extends onto the back, but does not go completely around the torso like the body lift procedure described above. An extended abdominoplasty allows for the complete excision of larger abdominal areas and even into the flank region, as well as some lifting of the lateral thighs (but to a lesser extent than a body lift).
Upper Body Lift: Some patients have significant back rolls they desired correcting with an upper body lift. In females, we will often hide this incision beneath the bra-line. In males, incision line placement is often dictated by the position of the back rolls.
What to expect in your consultation:
If you have thought about getting this procedure, you should seek the top body contouring surgeon Washington DC has available and schedule a consultation with Dr. Feledy. (We also have an office in Stafford, Virginia.) A typical consultation will take at least an hour. During your consultation, Dr. Feledy will:
- Discuss what results you are intending with body contouring
- Perform a thorough examination
- Explain in detail what he recommendations for you and why based on your needs
The caring staff of Belmont Plastic Surgery will meet with you and make sure that any questions you have about financing and insurance are answered completely.
Dr. Feledy will also show you body contouring before and after photographs of his patients so you can look at his earlier work and see actual results for yourself and what to expect. It is important that you and Dr. Feledy agree on the cosmetic details of your surgery in order to obtain the results that you want.
““Because of my experience with patients that have lost significant weight, I feel very comfortable performing these technically challenging procedures and dealing with any potential complications that may occur. Dr. Jules Feledy
Are you a good candidate for a body contouring?
If you’re considering a body contouring, you should be at a stable body weight, in generally good health, and be highly motivated to improve your appearance. It's also important to have realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure and to notify Dr. Feledy if you have high blood pressure, blood-clotting issues, or if you tend to form excessive scars.
Most candidates for body contouring surgery are between 40 and 60 years old with good skin elasticity. If you're considering this procedure, you should be a healthy non-smoker. It's also important to have realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure and to notify Dr. Feledy if you have high blood pressure, blood-clotting issues, or if you tend to form excessive scars.
Body Contouring Before & After Photos
See Belmont Plastic Surgery's body contouring before and after results. It is important to look at before and after images to get an idea of what can be achieved with a surgery and to help guide the process with the doctor of determining the outcome you are going for.
Are Body Contouring surgeries safe and are there any side effects?
All surgeries carry some risk of complications that can be minimized by a qualified surgeon. There are a few very rare side effects, including nerve damage, blood clots, scarring, pain, swelling or heart and lung complications. As with any surgery, there is the risk of bleeding, infection and poor wound healing. Of course, every effort is taken to ensure any risks are minimized. Be sure to ask Dr. Feledy about these risks during your consultation.
What happens after most Body Contouring surgeries?
Depending on the body contouring procedure, your initial recovery will take between 10-14 days, although in some cases patients need up to three weeks. It’s possible for larger procedures to require thin tube be put in place to prevent fluid accumulation, which is removed in 7 days. During this time, you will need to get plenty of rest and limit your activity. Swelling, numbness, tenderness, and a feeling of tightness are common, but will subside over time. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for six weeks and exposure to the sun for several months. The doctor will provide more specific steps about your recovery from body contouring surgery.
What results can I expect?
After weight loss, many people seek plastic surgery to correct the excess skin and residual fat deposits that remain. Although they are not physical scars, many weight loss patients believe these are constant reminders of their past.
At Belmont Plastic Surgery, we consider it a privilege to participate in your weight loss journey and we are committed to helping you realize your goals and it has been great to share in the personal successes of our patients as they radiate a new sense of self-esteem and self-confidence.
We offer comprehensive care for our significant weight loss patients and your safety is always our first priority. We work closely with bariatric (treatment of obesity) surgeons and physicians specializing in weight loss, nutritionists, primary care physicians, and weight loss support groups to ensure this goal. The result aimed for will be established in your consultation with Dr. Feledy before receiving the procedure. Incisions are strategically placed so that any scarring that may occur will not normally be visible.
If you’re looking to find out more about the best and safest body contouring Washington DC has available, your first step would be to contact us today to set up your free consultation.