Body Contouring FAQs
Question: Will liposuction tighten my saggy skin?
Answer: Standard liposuction does very little to tighten skin. Depending on your type of skin, it’s possible the skin will sag more once the underlying fat is removed.
Question: Why can’t a laser or something tighten my skin?
Answer: Newly developed lasers are able to induce minor skin tightening through the mechanism of heat effects on the tissue.
Question: Will my scars be disfiguring?
Answer: Most body contouring scars are lengthy, but many are concealed by clothing.
Question: Can’t I do sit ups to tighten the saggy skin on my abdomen?
Answer: Exercise will not tighten the skin. Exercise burns fat and tones muscle.
Question: How do bariatric or weight loss patients differ as individuals?
Answer: They differ from each other in age, amount of locations of skin laxity, general health, and in differences related to gender.
Question: How do I know if I have the right kind of skin for cosmetic surgery?
Answer: Our physicians will be happy to evaluate your skin. Almost all patients have skin that is acceptable for surgery. However , there are associated issues such as diabetes or smoking that seriously impair your ability to heal following surgery.
Question: Do men have plastic surgery following major weight loss too?
Answer: Yes, men are very pleased by the changes created through plastic surgery.
Question: I feel overwhelmed with all of my saggy skin. Which area should I start with?
Answer: Our plastic surgeons will help you form a priority list if you haven’t already. The tummy and flank areas are popular starting points because tightening of this area often exerts tightening of adjacent areas such as the inner/outer thigh area.
Question: How dangerous is cosmetic surgery on a major weight loss patient?
Answer: For most patients that do not have significant medical problems, or smokers, it is considered to be very safe. Unless a hernia is repaired along with a tummy tuck surgery, all procedures are outside of the muscles and organs.
Question: I have especially saggy breasts, because of my major weight loss. Will my breast lift be similar to someone who hasn’t lost so much weight?
Answer: With dramatic weight loss your skin and deeper tissues change. There is less elasticity and the deep layer of skin called the dermis is thinner. As a result there is a greater degree of relaxation after surgery compared with someone who hasn’t lost as much weight.
Question: Will I need breast implants or just a breast lift?
Answer: Breast Lifting alone is successful in raising the nipples, but may fall short in providing fullness of the upper breast. For complete fullness, implants will most likely be suggested by the plastic surgeon.
Question: Can breast augmentation and breast lift surgery be done at the same time?