Dr. Thomas Hubbard has been actively involved with surgical care of excess skin after weight loss in Virginia Beach since he began his career as a plastic surgeon in 1992. During this time, he has found that post-bariatric plastic surgery is most effective when customized and planned for each individual. He takes a unique approach to each patient in order to thoroughly assess the appropriate options for surgery.
Body contouring surgery following weight loss in Virginia Beach with Dr. Hubbard may be the last step in your path to total weight loss. Request a consultation online or contact our office by calling (757) 687-1900 to discuss your options.
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Men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight and suffer from excessive skin laxity may benefit from a post-bariatric procedure. In general, it is best to delay body contouring until a stable weight has been reached for 6 months, which generally corresponds to about 1 year after bypass or banding surgery.
Because different areas of the body may respond differently to massive weight loss, a variety of surgical procedures may be needed in order to maximize the results. Dr. Hubbard offers several options that may be combined to lift and tighten the skin.
An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, reduces excess sagging skin beneath the arm. Skin excision techniques, sometimes with liposuction, are used during this procedure to create more toned contours.
A thigh lift can help improve the look of sagging inner thighs. Excess skin and fat is removed, often creating a dramatic reduction of sagging and wrinkling in the inside area of the thighs.
A buttock-thigh lift procedure can be used to lift the buttock and the upper half of the thighs. The buttock shape improves and for some women cellulite becomes much less apparent. A buttock-thigh lift can drastically improve the contour of the lower body.
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In the past few years, more advanced techniques have arrived as plastic surgeons have responded to a phenomenal number of weight loss patients interested in improving body contour. With the experience of recent years in this increasingly popular surgery, better decisions can now be made on who are the best candidates for this surgery, when is timing most appropriate, and when and what pattern of skin is best excised.
Dr. Hubbard has found extreme variation among patients in the amount of excess skin and location. Yes, there are indeed patterns to the excess sagging and stretching of skin based partly on the amount of weight loss and inheritance. There are clearly zones of adherence where the skin stays fixated and skin from above rolls over it. There are also areas of little adherence and the skin flows quite a distance before gathering into a roll. With so much variation, this surgery must be customized and planned for each unique individual. There is no substitute to a thorough consultation with Dr. Hubbard where each problem area can be discussed and options for surgery discussed. Underlying medical conditions are brought into the decision making. Often staging is the best way to proceed.
Who is a good candidate for body contour surgery following massive weight loss? In general, it is best to delay body contouring until a stable weight has been reached for 6 months. In general, this corresponds to about 1 year after bypass or banding surgery. This maximizes the individual's nutritional status. Further, there are fewer complications and better appearing results when the surgery is performed at close to ideal body weight. Worldwide experience has shown smokers are not good candidates for this surgery, but healthy individuals with a positive outlook can be extremely pleased and excited with their new body contours.