Dr. Beverly Friedlander has more than two decades of experience in body contouring after extreme weight loss in New Jersey. Whether you have lost 20 lbs or 120 lbs, by diet or by bariatric surgery, it has been a struggle, with ups and downs along the way. You feel better; you are more energetic; you are healthier, often leaving your high blood pressure or diabetes behind with all the weight.
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Initially, the prospect of shopping was exciting, but the extra skin after weight loss poses particular challenges. Excess rolls of loose skin are unsightly—may interfere with physical activities, causing chafing and yeast infections, and it may make you self-conscious about the way you look.
After all, isn't that why you lost the weight in the first place? A trusted New Jersey plastic surgeon can help you put the final touches on your body after massive weight loss by removing excess skin and fat. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Beverly Friedlander can help you decide what post-weight-loss body contouring procedure will make you feel more confident in your skin and satisfied with your appearance. After all, you've been through to get healthy, and you deserve it.
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Plastic surgery after massive weight loss is a combination of surgical procedures aimed at removing the loose skin and enhancing your body's shape and proportion. Weight loss affects the entire body, not just one area. Exercise is an excellent way to burn calories and improve muscle tone, but it does not affect loose, hanging skin. Plastic surgery offers the opportunity to remove all the excess skin left behind after weight loss and feel better about yourself. Each case is unique in its distribution of loose skin and dictates the selection of procedures and the location of the incisions. Every attempt is made to hide incisions in natural skin folds and beneath clothing.
Upper body lifts generally are related to loss of breast volume and sagging chest or arm skin. The treatment typically involves a breast lift with or without an implant to create a more youthful appearance. An upper body lift is often a standalone procedure, but it can be combined with an arm lift or bra roll lift, depending on the distribution of loose sagging tissue. In men, a breast reduction is performed to remove the loose skin.
Lower body lifts will improve the abdomen, buttocks, pubic region, and outer thighs simultaneously. It is an extensive procedure involving a tummy tuck incision that continues onto the back. The lower body lift permits a 3-dimensional recontouring with a tightening of the underlying muscle and resuspension of the tissue achieving the best results. The addition of an inner thigh lift will help tighten the loose skin between the legs.
Body contouring after massive weight loss
The ideal candidates have reached and maintained a stable weight for several months and are unhappy with their appearance. Patients are generally healthy with no chronic medical problems.
Invasive multiple procedures are often needed to address all areas of concern—these surgeries can be lengthy, are staged for safety, and are usually performed a few months apart. However, the following surgical methods performed at the same time include:
It is important to maintain realistic expectations to be satisfied with the results of these surgeries.
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Recovery times vary greatly, depending on the procedures performed, but generally require one to three weeks out of work and four to six weeks restriction from strenuous activities.
Some operations are same-day procedures, while others require an overnight hospital stay. Depending on the specific method, you may need to have drains to reduce fluid buildup at the wound site. Dr. Friedlander may advise you to wear a compression garment day and night initially, then reduce it to daytime use only. Please take prescribed antibiotics and pain relief medications as directed.
While you can expect to see improvement to the treated areas immediately after surgery, it takes time for the full results to unfold. Surgery of any kind causes swelling. The more invasive the procedure, the more swelling is likely to be present. The inflammation can last several months or up to a year. As the swelling goes down, the tissues will relax and settle into their final shape.
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You deserve to look your best after all the effort you’ve put into losing those unwanted pounds. During the consultation, you will have ample opportunity to discuss your personal aesthetic goals with Dr. Friedlander.
After she has examined you, she will review the best treatment plan to address all of your needs. It is often possible to safely perform or stage several procedures while reducing your costs and recovery time. She and her staff will review the surgery in great detail. Every treatment plan is individualized for your specific needs. Find out which procedures are right for you. For more information, contact us to schedule a consultation or call our office at (973) 912-9120.
Dr. Friedlander will review the risks and recovery with you based on your specific treatment needs. Many of those answers can be found by reviewing the pages listed under adjunct procedures. In addition, Dr. Friedlander routinely performs body contouring operations in an accredited New Jersey surgical facility that follows the highest safety standards.
Dr. Friedlander tailors each treatment plan according to what areas need to be addressed and works with patients to achieve their aesthetic goals. Depending on the number of procedures chosen, each surgical cost will vary.
Surgery after a significant weight loss is typically considered cosmetic surgery. However, we recommend speaking with your insurance provider to review your coverage options. Payment and financing options are available for your convenience.
Dr. Friedlander became a plastic surgeon to make a real difference in the lives of her patients. She started her practice in New Jersey three decades ago, and still treats some of her very first patients to this day! Experience the difference that comes from working with a true plastic surgery professional who cares about your results by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Bev.
636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 1A, Short Hills, New Jersey 07078