LOSING a significant amount of weight is an amazing achievement, but often the results of this hard work are hidden under folds of excess skin that has lost its elasticity.
Weight loss surgery can be life changing for people who have struggled with being overweight, and the results can be amazing.
Some patients follow their weight loss journey with body contouring surgery to remove this excess skin and restore their shape.
“Body contouring surgery can be tailored to suit an individual’s specific problem areas,” says specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Gary Avery, director of Avery Plastic Surgery.
An abdominoplasty involves surgically removing the excess fat and skin from the abdomen, along with tightening the abdominal muscles.
Scars from a tummy tuck can vary depending on whether or not the navel is relocated and how well your skin copes with scarring.
“Generally, the scar should be hidden when wearing underwear or a swimsuit, and will fade with time,” Dr Avery said.
Many people choose to combine a tummy tuck with procedures such as a breast reduction, breast augmentation, or breast lift to fully address their concerns.
“A lower body lift involves removing the excess fat and skin from the abdominal area and the lower back, which can benefit those people who have experienced greater weight fluctuations,” Dr Avery said.
“Excess skin can also be removed from the arms (arm lift) and inner thighs.”
Length of recovery will depend on what procedures are conducted, however most patients are back to their pre surgery fitness levels by 6-8 weeks post surgery.
“A hospital stay up to four nights, and 2-4 weeks off work may be recommended,” said Dr Avery who performs all body contouring surgery at Lingard Private Hospital in Merewether.
“All our procedures take place in an accredited hospital, with appropriately trained support staff and anesthetists.”
Dr Avery recommends waiting at least six months after reaching your ideal weight in order to stabilise before having further surgery.
“Surgery is a big investment in yourself, you really want the results to last,” he said.
Dr Avery, is an Australasian-trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, experienced in body contouring surgery. He has operated in the Hunter Region for the past five years and this year opened a solo practice at Suite 1, Ground Floor, 31-33 Watt Street, Newcastle. His specialties include all cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures. For more information, ring (02) 4002 4150, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit averyplasticsurgery.com.au.