What is body sculpting surgery?
Body sculpting or body contouring refers to surgery that addresses areas of excessive fat or skin.
After bariatric surgery and the resultant major weight loss, many patients are left with hanging folds of excess and loose skin. Imagine that you have been wearing a size 22 suit and are now a size 14, the suit will no longer fit you properly and hang loosely on your skin. It is the same principle for your skin after major weight loss. The skin has stretched to accommodate your extra weight and fat which is no longer there. Depending upon the problem areas there are a number of different surgical and non-surgical body sculpting options that may be recommended to assist in further improvement of your body’s shape. Some of the more common body sculpting procedures post weight loss include tummy tucks, liposuction, breast lifts and arm lifts.
When is body sculpting surgery suitable?
Before proceeding with body sculpting procedures, you will need to have achieved weight stability. This is because any fluctuations of your weight through either further weight loss or weight gain can affect the aesthetic outcomes of body sculpting procedures leading to poorer outcomes and in some instances causing the need for an additional corrective procedure. Ideally, your weight needs to have been stable for a minimum of 12 months before undertaking body sculpting surgery.
Dr Ozmen will be able to advise you on the most suitable body sculpting options available to fit your needs.
What is the cost?
Body sculpting surgery is a cosmetic elective procedure that is currently performed exclusively in private hospitals. A portion of the cost of some procedures may covered by some private health insurance policies. You may also be eligible to access your Superannuation funds due to the associated link with weight loss surgery.
Please contact Sydney GI Surgery for discussions on body contouring surgery.
Preparing for body sculpting surgery.
To ensure the best possible outcome from body sculpting surgery, you will need to have achieved your goal weight and have been stabilised at this weight for 12 months. It will also be of benefit if you are maintaining healthy lifestyle habits.
Recovery and healing times vary depending upon the procedure and the individual and are also influenced by other health and lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption. As a general rule, a typical post surgery recovery period of 4-6 weeks can be expected.
In some instances, you will be advised to wear post operation garments and scar healing may take 12 months or longer.