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Cosmetic Surgery After Weight Loss: 5 Body Contouring Procedures To Consider

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Cosmetic Surgery After Weight Loss: 5 Body Contouring Procedures To Consider

Congratulations! You’ve put in the hard work and effort that it takes to lose unwanted, excess weight. The battle of the bulge is never an easy war, but the payoff is looking good and feeling even better. To be able to wear the clothes you want and move comfortably through the world with a fit, strong body is a great source of self-esteem. There are countless benefits to your confidence and overall health, but one of the unfortunate and often unwanted effects of weight loss is the sagging skin and excess tissue that a dramatic weight loss can leave behind. After the hard work of losing extra weight, there are options to help you achieve the svelte, smooth curves and the silhouette you dreamed of. Here are some options for body contouring after weight loss.

Options For Body Contouring

Body contouring is a term used to describe a number of cosmetic procedures aimed at helping patients achieve a natural-looking, toned silhouette. When healthy eating and regular exercise have only taken you so far, body contouring can help you in the final lap to attain the figure you desire. Here are some of the most common body contouring surgeries.

Tummy Tuck

What Is It?
A tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, targets impaired abdominal muscles that may have been stretched out or torn due to weight gain. It also addresses excess skin and stubborn belly fat that remain despite every effort with diet and exercise. Your plastic surgeon will repair damaged muscles, remove excess tissue, and reposition the belly skin for a more contoured waistline and a firmer, flatter tummy.

Who Is It For?
A tummy tuck is ideal for people with sagging, wrinkled abdominal skin and pockets of belly fat that will not go away. 

Upper Arm Lift

What Is It?
Brachioplasty, or an arm lift, is a surgical procedure that addresses the stretched out skin and tissue or “bat wings” that can leave the upper arm appearing loose and floppy. This treatment will smooth and tighten the skin resulting in a more natural looking arm contour.

Who Is It For?
An arm lift is ideal for people experiencing loss of elasticity and stretched out skin after dramatic weight loss.

Medial Thigh Lift

What Is It?
After significant weight loss, stubborn deposits of fat, loss of elasticity, and drooping skin on the upper legs can appear unsightly but also be uncomfortable, limit mobility, and cause chafing and skin infections. During a medial thigh lift, your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and fat and then reposition and reshape the tissue for a more streamlined profile.

Who Is It For?
A medial thigh lift is ideal for patients who have sagging excess skin and tissue and resistant pockets of fat after weight loss that impair comfortable movement and may cause chafing and irritation.

Breast Lift

What Is It?
After significant weight loss, breasts can appear deflated and droopy. During a breast lift procedure, also known as breast mastopexy, your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and tissue, refine the areola, reposition the nipple, and raise the breast profile to a more natural and youthful contour. 

*Breast mastopexy can be combined with a reduction or an augmentation to deliver optimal fullness and lift after weight loss*

Who Is It For? 
A breast mastopexy is for anyone who is unhappy with the shape, fullness, and position of their breasts due to aging, genetics, and pregnancy, but is ideal for women who have lost volume and elasticity after a dramatic weight loss.


What Is It?
During a liposuction treatment, your plastic surgeon will make several discreet incisions in target areas where stubborn stores of fat remain, even after a strict regime of healthy eating and exercise. A thin tube, or cannula, is inserted and the fat deposits are dislodged and suctioned out. Liposuction is ideal for targeting very specific areas of the body to achieve optimal contouring. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells so fat will never return to the treatment area. 

Who Is It For?
Liposuction is ideal for patients who wish to focus on specific problem areas such as love handles and back fat where the contour is less than desirable. Patients with good skin elasticity, especially after weight loss, will benefit the most from liposuction treatments.

Edmonton’s Choice For Body Contouring

You did the work, you hit the gym every day, you said no to the slice of cake and the second glass of wine. Your hard work and effort paid off and you achieved your goals for health and weight loss. Body contouring can enhance the results of your dedication to a better you by achieving what hours of sweat and commitment to good eating cannot. When you have taken your transformation as far as you can, there are options to elevate your own work and get the toned, firmed curves you desire.

If you are considering a tummy tuck, arm or thigh lift, breast lift, or liposuction after weight loss the team at Alberta Plastic Surgery can guide you to find the most ideal procedures to meet your goals for treatment. Book your complimentary consultation today.

Dr. Adil Ladak is a board-certified and top surgeon in Edmonton, Alberta, and is highly skilled in cosmetic plastic surgery and other non-surgical rejuvenating cosmetic procedures. Dr. Ladak is a fully qualified Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons and his team is committed to providing patients with the facts and education to make the most informed decisions about their appearance and health. To explore all of your options to help you feel and look your best, visit Alberta Plastic Surgery in Edmonton by booking your complimentary consultation. Call us at 1-780-407-6691 or fill out the form below.


Q: Can I combine body contouring procedures?
A: Liposuction is a natural complement to any body contouring procedure, but it can also be ideal to combine other procedures to reduce surgical risks and overlap recovery periods. If you are interested in more than one body contouring treatment, book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ladak to discuss your options for multiple procedures and what outcomes you hope to achieve from surgery.

Q: When is the best time to have body contouring?
A: For optimal and long-lasting results, you should be at or very close to your target weight and have maintained your current weight for at least six months. Further weight loss or regaining weight after surgery can impact the quality of your results.

Q: How long does it take to recover from body contouring surgery?
A: Every patient will have a unique journey to recovery after surgery. Your recovery period will also be dependent on the type of contouring procedure, the extent of treatment required, the number of procedures you choose to have, and your own personal health. In general, expect to spend a couple of weeks recovering with limited activity, and 4-6 weeks until the majority of swelling and bruising resolve.

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