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Body Contouring after Weight Loss

Major weight loss after diet/exercise or bariatric surgery (gastric band, gastric bypass) is a milestone achievement and delivers very significant health benefits.

However, many individuals will be distraught at the folds of baggy, redundant skin which such weight loss inevitably leaves behind. These loose skin folds can affect all body areas, in circumferential patterns. They are unsightly, uncomfortable and often very distressing. In this context, a range of body contouring procedures offers individuals great functional, psychological and aesthetic benefit. These procedures include lower body lift, thigh lift, upper body lift (including mastopexy) and arm lift (brachioplasty). Some or all of these procedures may be required, undertaken at intervals of at least three months to ensure adequate healing time at each stage.

A lower body lift addresses redundant skin excess in the lower trunk (front and back, including buttocks), as well as outer thighs.  Inner thighs are corrected at a separate thigh lift operation. An upper body lift in effect combines a breast lift procedure with removal of redundant skin that extends around the upper back and bra roll area. Lower and upper body lifts are both major operations and each must be undertaken on separate occasions. Often, the final operation in the sequence may be an arm lift (brachioplasty) which will correct excess baggy skin affecting arms and forearms.

Body contouring operations after weight loss inevitably exchange disfiguring skin excess for lengthy surgical scars, although of course every effort is made to design these scars in positions that are relatively easy to conceal. In Miles Banwell’s experience , patients often describe after surgery how their comfort, appearance and psychological well-being have all been greatly improved.