After significant weight loss, sagging skin is normal but it leaves many people self-conscious. Body contouring after weight loss removes excess skin and remaining stubborn fat pockets to reveal the contoured body underneath that you have worked so hard for. This helps patients feel more comfortable and confident in their newly toned and slimmer body. At the Straith Clinic, we offer weight loss contouring to patients in West Bloomfield, Dearborn, and the surrounding metro Detroit areas. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Sabbagh and Dr. Baca look forward to helping you feel more confident.
Medical Weight Loss
There are many ways that people can lose weight, but semaglutide injections have been recently growing in popularity. Semaglutide is in a class of medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs). It mimics the GLP-1 hormone which signals when we are full to regulate our appetite. By triggering the body to feel full sooner, people will eat less and can lose weight quicker and easier. For recommendations on local providers who offer guided medical weight loss, contact our office today.
Weight Loss Contouring Surgery
Although weight loss has many physical and emotional benefits, many people are left with significant amounts of sagging skin. This is because the skin was stretched over time and cannot completely shrink back at the same rate of fat cells being lost. Excess skin is not only bothersome because of its appearance. Significant skin sagging on the abdomen, breasts, thighs, back, or upper arms can also cause discomfort and decreased mobility. Weight loss contouring, also known as body contouring surgery, can target each of these areas, depending on your individual needs and treatment goals. After surgery, your skin will feel and look smoother and tighter to accentuate your body’s natural contours.
What to Expect
- Anesthesia – Local with IV sedation or general anesthesia
- Length of Surgery – 3-6 hours, depending on the number of treatment areas
- In/Out Patient – Outpatient at our accredited on-site surgical center
- Recovery – Most patients can return to work in 2-3 weeks but more strenuous activity should be avoided for up to 6 weeks. Swelling may take several months to completely reduce.
- Fading of Scars – one to two years
- Duration of Results – Many years with a healthy diet and exercise routine
Who is a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for weight loss contouring are people who have lost a significant amount of weight and kept a stable weight for several months. Patients should also be in good overall health with realistic expectations for their surgical results. At your consultation, we will review your medical history to make sure you are a good surgical candidate.
Weight loss contouring is performed by Dr. Baca or Dr. Sabbagh at our on-site surgical center. Body contouring procedures that may be combined in your surgery include a tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, and/or lower body lift. Liposuction may also be included to remove stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
During each of these contouring procedures, excess skin will be carefully removed from various areas of the body and the remaining skin will be pulled tightly into place. The incisions will be placed along the bikini line, under the arms, and along the inner thighs where the scars can be easily concealed.
Weight Loss Contouring Recovery
After weight loss contouring, moderate swelling and bruising are common. A significant amount of swelling will improve within the first month, but swelling will continue to resolve over the first 3-6 months. Patients will be instructed on compression garment use to help with swelling. Most patients can comfortably return to light activities or non-physically strenuous jobs after 2 weeks. However, strenuous exercise should be avoided for about four to six weeks. Recovery time and post-operative instructions will be discussed in greater detail at your consultation so that you can feel prepared for every step of your surgery.
What Are the Risks?
All surgical procedures pose some risk, but our board-certified plastic surgeons are among the best in the Detroit, MI, area. With nearly 50 years of combined experience, Dr. William Sabbagh and Dr. Marissa Baca have performed hundreds of successful procedures with exceptional results. At your consultation, possible risks will be discussed so that you can make an educated decision about your treatment plan.
Schedule a Consultation
With an established track record of over 80 years, an accredited facility, and thousands of satisfied patients throughout Dearborn, metro Detroit, Michigan and the U.S., the Straith Clinic has earned an excellent reputation for cosmetic surgery of the face and body. If you want to celebrate your massive weight loss with a toned physique, we encourage you to contact our office at 248-270-5272 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a consultation for weight loss contouring in Bingham Farms, MI.