The Importance of Timing for Post-Bariatric Body Contouring

Young woman losing weightLosing a significant amount of weight is a huge accomplishment and something to be proud of. However, many patients are left with excess skin and other issues that make them feel self-conscious. 

Post-Bariatric body contouring procedures like tummy tucks, arm lifts, and thigh lifts can help these patients achieve the body shape they desire, but it’s essential to understand the timing of when to have these procedures.

Why Timing is Important

It’s essential to wait a specific amount of time before undergoing body contouring procedures after weight loss. Your body needs time to adjust and stabilize after weight loss before surgery.

Rushing into surgery before your body is ready can lead to poor healing and less-than-optimal results. It is also important to consider that your weight may fluctuate after the surgery, making the results less predictable and resulting in revisions.

How Long to Wait

For most patients, waiting at least 12-18 months after significant weight loss is recommended before undergoing body-contouring surgery. You will have time for your body to adjust to the weight loss and for any remaining weight loss to take place. Before the procedure, you must maintain a stable weight for at least 3-6 months. 

Your plastic surgeon can give you more specific guidance based on your situation and medical history.

The Importance of Consultation

It’s imperative to consult with a plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring after weight loss to discuss your options and the timing of your procedure. The surgeon will be able to evaluate your specific needs and provide guidance on the timing of the surgery. A good plastic surgeon will also explain the recovery process, the expected results, and the risks associated with the procedure.

Contact Us

At our Dr. Andrew Trussler in Austin, Texas, we specialize in diagnosing and treating body contouring after weight loss. We understand the importance of timing and will work with you to determine the best time for your surgery to help you achieve the best possible results. 

Contact us at 512-450-1077 to schedule a consultation if you want our body contouring procedures. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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