Surgery after weight loss is a collection of procedures performed to tighten loose skin and remove pockets of fat after a significant reduction in weight. If you have successfully lost weight through exercise, diet, medication, or surgery, you may notice that you have some significant body contour changes in various regions of your body. While the health benefits of weight reduction are remarkable, the excess skin and sagging that often remain can be disheartening.
At Avante Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ahmad Ahmadi offers various body contouring procedures to his Houston and Sugar Land patients who wish to find their desired aesthetic after successful weight loss. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Ahmadi, you can contact us directly by calling (281) 265-2639 or by filling out this convenient form.
- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 Body Contouring After Weight Loss
- 3 Benefits of Body Contouring After Weight Loss
- 4 Ideal Candidates
- 5 Why Choose Dr. Ahmadi?
- 6 Personal Consultation
- 7 Preparation
- 8 Procedure Expectations
- 9 Post-Procedure
- 10 How Much Does Surgery After Weight Loss Cost in Sugar Land?
- 11 FAQ
- 12 References
Before and After Photos
Body Contouring After Weight Loss
Body contouring is an often necessary requirement after a patient has lost an extreme amount of weight. Excess skin removal surgeries are unique for every patient, which is why Dr. Ahmadi utilizes combinations of procedures and his knowledge to help you achieve the best results.
Each surgery varies in length and process, based on the skin and tissue being removed and the number of procedures being performed.
Common Treatments After Weight Loss (1)
- Arm Lift: Removes excess skin on the upper arms for less friction
- Back Lift: Excess skin can be removed from both the upper and lower back
- Body Lift: A comprehensive surgery to lift and contour the body
- Breast Augmentation: Cosmetic surgery that involves the use of breast implants
- Breast Lift or Reduction: Reduces the likelihood of rashes under the folds of the breasts
- Butt Lift: Elevates the buttocks and decreases sagging
- Facelift: Involves lifting and tightening the sagging skin of the face and neck
- Liposuction: Removes stubborn pockets of fat resistant to diet and exercise
- Male Breast Reduction: Removes of chest fat and male breast tissue
- Thigh Lift: Removes excess skin on the thighs
- Tummy Tuck: Removes abdominal skin, and tightens the abdominal muscles, also works for women after pregnancy
If you are interested in these types of procedures and want to learn more, you can also check out our blog.
Benefits of Body Contouring After Weight Loss
Some of the advantages and benefits of body contouring include the following:
- Increased mobility
- Smoother, better-defined silhouette
- Immediately noticeable results from surgery
- Improved mental wellbeing
- Enhanced clothing options
- Long-lasting results with a healthy lifestyle
- Improved overall quality of life
The best candidates for post-weight loss body contouring have already lost their expected weight and have successfully kept it off for at least six months. Other characteristics that make patients great candidates for this type of procedure include:
- Commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise
- No major health conditions that may limit healing ability
- Excess sagging skin left from the procedure or extreme weight loss
Before proceeding with this type of surgery, patients should wait until their body has reached a stable weight to maximize their results. Please keep in mind that some patients may need a little longer to reach their ideal weight.
Why Choose Dr. Ahmadi?
Dr. Ahmad Ahmadi is a board-certified plastic surgeon with the American Board of Plastic Surgery. His eye for perfection, comforting demeanor, and his ongoing quest for excellence and knowledge have made him one of the leading cosmetic surgeons in the greater Houston area. Under his leadership, Avante Plastic Surgery has become the most exclusive plastic surgery practice in Sugar Land, offering all aspects of aesthetic surgery. When not performing procedures for our patients, Dr. Ahmadi serves as a staff member at Memorial Hermann and Methodist Hospital.
The first step to getting body contouring surgery after weight loss in Houston, is to schedule a consultation at Avante Plastic Surgery. When you come in, Dr. Ahmadi will meet with you to discuss your medical history, lifestyle, and expectations regarding your surgery. Where necessary, please detail the type of weight-loss surgery you received and when. We encourage you to be completely open and honest with Dr. Ahmadi when having this conversation, as the information you provide will help him make the most appropriate decisions with minimal risks. After evaluating your body and skin, he will talk with you about what the best procedures are for your body type.
Our patient coordinator will help you choose the best surgical date and will provide you with preparatory instructions that help make your procedure run smoothly.
There will be a few accommodations to make before your procedure date. Dr. Ahmed may ask you to stop taking certain medications and supplements, especially those that thin the blood like NSAIDs and certain herbal supplements. If you smoke or vape, he will also require you to stop completely in the weeks before and after your procedure. We recommend having transportation arranged in advance after your procedure as you will not be able to drive yourself home. We also recommend arranging for an adult caretaker to help you for the first few days of your recovery.
When you arrive on the day of your surgery, Dr. Ahmadi will meet with you to ensure you are confident and comfortable with the treatment by going over the procedures one more time.
After we administer anesthesia, Dr. Ahmadi will make the necessary incisions to tighten and remove excess skin in the target areas. He will place incisions strategically so they can be hidden by most types of clothing and your natural curves. (2)
The procedure can last several hours, depending on the best course of action for the specific region of your body. If you would like to know more about the individual procedures and what they entail, please see their respective pages on our website.
We work with every patient to ensure they receive personalized care. Your recovery can vary depending on the different procedures you get, but we always provide patients with a list of instructions on how to make the most of your recovery, how to care for your sutured incisions, and how to manage any discomfort or pain.
Dr. Ahmadi works hard to make every surgery as successful and efficient as possible, but depending on what you’re looking to fix, you may require multiple surgical dates. Dr. Ahmadi will see you several times the first week of your surgery to ensure that you are healing properly, and to remove any sutures or bandages.
How Much Does Surgery After Weight Loss Cost in Sugar Land?
The cost of body contouring after weight loss in Houston is based on numerous factors, including the techniques used and the types of surgical procedures involved. The best way to find out how much your surgery will cost is to meet with Dr. Ahmadi and allow him to create a customized treatment plan. Once this is made and agreed on, our patient coordinator gives you a price breakdown for your entire experience.
Achieve the shape and contours that you’ve always dreamed of. To schedule your consultation at Avante Plastic Surgery, call us at (281) 265-2639 or use our website to request an appointment and a member of our staff will be in touch with you.
Can I get surgery to remove excess skin after weight loss?
Yes! Post-weight loss surgery is suitable for individuals who have achieved significant weight loss, either through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, and are left with loose, sagging skin that hinders their ability to fully enjoy their new body. It is important that candidates have maintained a stable weight for at least six months prior to considering these procedures.
Is body contouring after weight loss painful?
Your pain level will depend on the part of the body undergoing surgery and how high your natural tolerance is. Surgeries are performed under anesthesia, so you should be completely comfortable during your procedure.
As you recover, you may experience mild discomfort and will likely be sore during the first two to four weeks following the procedure. To optimize your surgical outcome and avoid further pain, we will put together a discharge plan in which you will follow instructions on the care you need for an efficient and comfortable recovery.
How long until I see results from body contouring?
Each surgery will have its recovery timeline and every patient will respond differently to their procedures. In most cases, patients will see their best results between six weeks and a year after their procedure, depending on their treatment.
Are there non-surgical options for body contouring after weight loss?
Yes, there are non-surgical body contouring treatments available. These treatments use various technologies, such as radiofrequency, ultrasound, or cryolipolysis, to reduce fat and tighten the skin. While these non-surgical options may provide some improvement, they are generally best suited for individuals with mild to moderate concerns and may require multiple sessions to achieve optimal results. Surgical procedures, however, tend to offer more dramatic and long-lasting outcomes.
- HURWITZ D, AGHAMOHAMMADI S, OTA K, UNADKAT J. A Clinical Review of Total Body Lift Surgery. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2008;28(3):294-303. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asj.2008.03.001
- Hamra ST, Small KH. Cosmetic Body Lift. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2016;137(2):453-461. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/01.prs.0000475757.56086.ab