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What is Body Contouring?

liposuctionBody contouring is a series of operations developed for removing and redraping the person’s excess skin and fat that remain after weight loss surgery for obesity. Excess weight loss in markedly obese patients usually results in significant overhanging skin and other underlying tissues, including fat and muscle with comprised tone and marked laxity. Body contouring surgery helps remove and tighten those tissues. The result of surgery is a smoother, more attractive body contour. Body contouring after major weight loss is an important and rewarding phase of your challenge to have a healthier, more proportionate body, and can help you further enhance your body image and self-confidence.

As for any operation, the risks include infection, bleeding as well as those related to anesthesia. However, due to the nature of these procedures, a patient must be aware of other associated risks such as seroma formation (post-operative fluid accumulation), poor wound healing, skin loss, blood clots as well as deep venous thrombosis, which can result in pulmonary embolism, which can be life threatening.

Depending on the underlying problem and nature of one’s skin, numbness and bad scars, as well as recurrence of excess skin and the need for subsequent revisional surgeries cannot be over emphasized.

Last, but not least, the patient must have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of his/her surgery in order to have a more pleasant post-operative recovery.

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