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What Happens to Your Body After Losing Weight

When you experience significant weight loss, several changes occur in your body, including the potential development of excess skin, particularly in areas like the abdomen, arms, thighs, and chest. This happens because your skin may have lost some elasticity due to being stretched for a long period and cannot shrink back to its previous size and shape. Beyond cosmetic concerns, this excess skin can sometimes lead to discomfort or skin irritations and infections due to the folds trapping moisture.

Significant weight loss often leaves excess skin that is prone to infection, which can often cause physical pain and discomfort.

A number of individuals with long-term obesity end up with few options other than surgery or a highly regimented nutrition and exercise program.

Body Lift Plastic Surgery After Losing Weight

Body lift surgery is a comprehensive procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from various areas of the body following significant weight loss. This type of surgery typically involves the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and breasts and can include procedures such as abdominoplasty, thigh lift, and buttock lift. The goal is to remove the excess skin that often remains after substantial weight reduction, which can cause physical discomfort and skin irritation. By removing this excess skin, the surgery helps to alleviate issues such as chafing and infections that can occur in the folds of the skin. Additionally, a body lift can reposition and tighten tissues that have been affected by weight loss.

If you’re considering plastic surgery after significant weight loss, Dr Craig Rubinstein is available to discuss your options.

The main thing to know is that losing weight alone doesn’t always achieve your aesthetic goals. One surgery may not be enough to get you the look you aim for. A body lift is actually often a combination of procedures. It might be a lower or upper tummy tuck, along with a back lift, breast lift, arm lift, thigh lift, or even a face or neck lift.

For some patients, it may require only one scheduled surgery day. However, for most post-bariatric patients, it may require two or more separate surgery days spread out over a period of time. Maintaining a stable weight and getting good nutrition is essential. It’s also important to know how to take care of your body during the recovery period to prevent complications and achieve good clinical outcomes.

How a Body Lift Plastic Surgery is Performed

Body lift surgery is a complex procedure that typically requires general anaesthesia and can last several hours depending on the extent of the areas being treated. The surgery is often performed in stages, targeting different areas of the body. Common areas addressed include the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and occasionally the arms and breasts. The surgeon makes incisions in predetermined locations based on the amount of excess skin and the desired outcome, often placing them in areas where they can be concealed by clothing.

During the surgery, the surgeon carefully removes excess skin and fat through these incisions. For the abdominal area, an incision is typically made around the waistline, extending around the hips and possibly across the lower back. The skin is then lifted, and underlying tissues are tightened with sutures. Similar procedures are performed on the thighs and buttocks, where the skin is lifted and excess tissue is removed. If necessary, liposuction may be used in conjunction with skin removal to achieve the desired shape.

The final steps involve suturing the incisions closed and applying bandages and possibly drains to collect excess fluid and reduce swelling. Post-surgery, the patient is usually required to wear compression garments to support the new contours and minimise swelling during the recovery period. Regular follow-up visits are crucial to monitor the healing process and manage any potential complications.

Specialist Plastic Surgeons and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeons are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

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Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

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Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

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Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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