Am I a candidate for a Mommy Makeover after massive weight loss, or will I need separate body contouring procedures? (photo)
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Mommy make-over after major weight loss
You will need staged surgery.
You can choose the approach but your photo shows you need -
- extended abdominoplasty and back lift
- arm lift, lateral chest lift and breast lift with augmentation.
- probably a vertical and medial thigh lift - at that time touch ups if needed of previous two surgeries
Your surgical plan can include for instance, the arm lift with body lift - time permitting.
Massive Weight Loss
Congratulations on the weight loss, and most of all on keeping it off. A mommy makeover is usually a tummy tuck with some sort of breast work, commonly a breast lift with or without implants done in one day. When people lose over 100 pounds a tummy tuck alone is not enough as there is laxity all the way around the body and most patients benefit from a belt lipectomy (also called a circumferential body lift). Given that the surgeries are more involved with this amount of excess skin, the numerous procedures are usually grouped into a few procedures at a time, so it usually takes 2-3 trips to the operating room to reach most patients goals. As far as which procedures to group together and in which order to do them, depends on your goals and the surgeons comfort or experience in body contouring after massive weight loss. You should see a plastic surgeon to discuss which areas of excess skin you would like to address and what procedures you may benefit from and in which order. I hope this helps and best of luck.
Weight loss contouring
Dear BeTheUnicorn: Congratulations on your weight loss. I think you should consider a circumferential body lift as your first step. A common first line of attack for patients who have lost weight is a body lift procedure. Most plastic surgeons refer to a body lift as a circumferential body lift = belt lipectomy = lower body lift. This procedure is essentially 3 procedures in one: extended tummy tuck + waist/lateral thigh lift + buttock lift. I often perform buttock auto-augmentation at the time of a body lift. Please visit with a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who has extensive experience in body contouring after weight loss to learn more about your options.
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Mommy Makeover Following Major Weight Loss
Congratulations on your weight loss success! It is best to undergo #MommyMakeover procedures when your weight has been stable for at least one year.
The Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to bring a woman’s body back to the way she looked prior to pregnancy. Most commonly some variation of a #TummyTuck and #BreastSurgery are performed. Additional procedures can include liposuction, umbilical hernia repair. The most common #breastprocedures include #mastopexy or #breastlift, #breastaugmentation, or #breastreduction.
In addition to a one-on-one consultations with a board certified Plastic Surgeon, patients always need to be seen by their primary care doctor prior to such procedures. We screen every patient and their medical records for risks of blood clots (DVT) and then take appropriate measures. MWL (massive weight loss patients of 75 lbs or more) tend to have poor skin elasticity and will frequently need additional tightening even afte 6 -12 months regardless of who or how their surgery is performed. This is simply the nature of such body tissues and the ability to heal with the lack or limited elasticity.
Mommy Makeover After Weight Loss in Melbourne, Florida
After massive weight loss
Several procedures that should be staged
Based upon your photos you are weight appropriate,but have excess loose skin in the breasts and in the abdomen. You look like a good candidated for full breast lift and full tummy tuck and possibly breast augmentation for upper pole fullness.
Only a physical exam by a plastic surgeon can guide you fully
Am I a candidate for a Mommy Makeover after massive weight loss, or will I need separate body contouring procedures?
Find a board certified plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of tummy tucks and body contouring procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
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