Body Contouring

Medial Thigh Lift, Lower Body Lift, Arm Lift (Body Contouring)

This group of distinct procedures are often referred to as “body contouring” procedures. They can be performed for patients who have lost weight, possibly following bariatric surgery or “weight-loss” surgery. Excess skin and fat are removed in each of these surgical procedures, which are aimed to provide you with an improved overall body contour, whether the location is the arms, thighs or other parts of the lower body. Each of these procedures requires an incision in order to remove the excess tissue, and this is an important factor to consider when thinking about these procedures. Some of the important issues to consider when deciding about these procedures is whether your body weight is stable or is likely to increase or decrease in the coming years. It is important to ensure that you are at a stable weight for at least one year prior to considering these surgeries. Achieving a high level of nutrition and overall health is also important prior to considering these procedures. Schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons to discuss your particular circumstances and learn more about these procedures.

What to expect: During the office consultation you will discuss all aspects of the procedure with your surgeon at Washington Plastic Surgery in order to establish a thorough and well-informed plan. Your procedure will begin after consulting with your surgeon and your anesthesiologist or anesthetist about the anesthesia that is safest for you. These procedures often involve an overnight stay in the hospital, depending on the circumstances. The markings are designed by your surgeon prior to surgery.

The recovery: You will have some bruising and swelling that typically improves over several weeks. Your postoperative course is monitored by your surgeon and the staff. Local anesthetic and pain medication are often used to manage any discomfort you might have after the operation. We will provide you with some light pressure garments to help support the area after surgery. Our staff will help teach you about managing your drains which are in place temporarily after surgery.

Some of the unlikely complications: Infections, fluid collections, or a hematoma (blood collection) can occur, and may require surgical drainage. A more complete discussion of the risks, benefits, and alternatives will always be included at your visit. As always, our efforts are directed at minimizing the risk of these complications and optimizing your safety.

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