There are multiple benefits to dramatic weight loss, whether through bariatric surgery or a diet and exercise regimen. But although the excess fat is gone, a lot of times the excess skin remains behind, resulting in a loose, sagging appearance. At Tarola Plastic Surgery, our body contouring procedure will tighten and tone your target areas so you can finally show off your new and improved body.
Contact us today at our Murfreesboro office to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Tarola, who will discuss your cosmetic expectations with you as well as what you can expect from a body contouring procedure from start to finish.
What is Body Contouring?
After a large amount of weight loss, skin that was stretched due to excess fat often lacks the elasticity and muscle tone to support your thinner body, resulting in large areas of sagging skin. Consisting of a combination of procedures, body contouring removes excess skin and localized fat deposits, creating a more proportionate, toned body appearance. Body contouring can treat the following areas:
- Face, neck and jowls
- Upper arm region
- Abdominal area
Although the exact course of treatment will be determined by Dr. Tarola during your consultation, body contouring typically consists of these four procedures:
- A body lift to remove the excess tissue from the abdomen, buttock, waist, hip and thigh areas at the same time.
- A breast lift to add fullness and youth to drooping, flattened breasts.
- Arm lift surgery to add tone and improve the shape of underarm areas.
- A thigh lift to achieve smoother skin and reshape the lower body.
Candidacy for this procedure is determined on an individual basis, but typically those who have realistic expectations, maintain a stable weight, do not smoke, are committed to adopting a healthy lifestyle after surgery, and do not have inhibiting medical conditions are deemed appropriate for body contouring.
What is Recovery Like?
The amount and types of incisions are determined case by case and will be discussed with you by Dr. Tarola prior to surgery. Bandages and dressings will be applied to your treated areas after surgery in order to cushion the areas and support the new contours of your body. Thin tubes may also be placed underneath your skin to drain excess fluids while you are healing.
You may experience swelling after surgery as well as discomfort that can typically be controlled with medication. You may be advised to return to light activity as soon as possible to encourage healing and prevent clotting.
Doctor Tarola will discuss the recovery process as well as the risks and side effects associated with a body contouring procedure. You will also be informed of any medications you should need and how to properly care for your incision sites after surgery to minimize the risk of infection or complications.
Contact Tarola Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation and start the journey to add tone and shape to your already thinner body.