Body Lift After a Massive Weight Loss

Posted on October 8, 2014 by: Dr. Rocheford

Losing a considerable amount of weight is no small achievement, especially if you’ve struggled with body issues your entire life.  You’ve worked hard to get the weight off, which is why you deserve to feel confident and happy with your body.  Unfortunately, many people who undergo massive weight loss tend to feel the exact opposite, as they’re too self-conscious about loose and sagging skin.

Massive weight loss might be critical for restoring healthy confidence levels, but it can also present a new set of aesthetic challenges.  Because the skin is stretched out by larger fat deposits, the skin may lose its ability to “snap” back into place once the fat deposits disappear.  This means that as you slim down, your skin might begin to droop and sag, as it doesn’t have enough elasticity to contour to your slimmer new shape.

Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with sagging skin – especially since you have a slim new body to show off!  At Rocheford Plastic Surgery in Woodbury, Minnesota – also serving the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul areas –  Dr. Heather Rocheford and her team are dedicated to providing patients with innovative solutions to massive weight loss, including upper and lower body lifts.  These procedures are designed to remove excess skin from the body, thus allowing patients to show off the results of all their hard work.

Here’s what you can expect from an upper/lower body lift at Rocheford Plastic Surgery:

  • Surgery is performed at an out-patient surgery center, and generally takes six hours to complete.  During the procedure, Dr. Rocheford will remove still-remaining fat deposits from the body, as well as trim and remove excess skin.  The stitches are done internally, so scarring is minimized.  Over the course of recovery, the stitches eventually dissolve into the body.
  • Anticipate some discomfort.  Dr. Rocheford will prescribe pain medication for you for the first four to five days after your procedure.  Bruising typically improves in one to two weeks, while swelling improves in two to four weeks.  Don’t be alarmed by swelling, as it is normal.
  • It’s important to refrain from exercise until at least two weeks after the procedure; even then, only gentle walking is allowed.  Normal exercise can be resumed four to six weeks after the procedure.

Final results – including scar maturation – can usually be seen up to one year after the original surgery.  For more information about upper/lower body lifts, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Rocheford at Rocheford Plastic Surgery in Woodbury, Minnesota.