Following a substantial weight loss, pregnancy, or the ravages of time, some people can benefit from what is known as body contouring. This type of cosmetic surgery involves one or more surgical procedures designed to remove excess skin and small amounts of lingering fat to further refine the shape of the body. Individuals in the Tampa, FL, area who are interested in body contouring can consult with Dr. Daniel Greenwald at Bayshore Plastic Surgery. Educated and trained at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Chicago, and recognized by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of the Best Doctors in America, Dr. Greenwald is well known and respected in Tampa and throughout the state of Florida for his body contouring expertise.

So, exactly what is beneficial about body contouring, particularly after weight loss? As explained by Dr. Greenwald, plastic surgery after weight loss can provide a patient with several additional advantages. It is well established that even a small reduction in weight can lead to numerous health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, back pain, and depression, as well as an improved appearance. However, after a body shrinks significantly in size, overly stretched skin does not always adapt naturally to its trimmer silhouette. This can result in excess, hanging skin that often disappointingly obscures the hard-earned effects of lost pounds. Body contouring can help tighten and streamline the affected areas.

Additionally, after a successful weight loss, isolated pockets of fat can sometimes remain. The fact is, despite the most dedicated efforts, some areas of the body simply do not respond quickly – or at all – to diet and exercise. A body contouring procedure can help. For instance, liposuction can fine-tune the body’s form by addressing small bulges that persist in the neck, upper arms, abdomen, back, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, and other areas.

In addition to cosmetic concerns, the excess skin and tissue that linger after weight loss can sometimes cause functional problems as well. For instance, an “apron” of tissue that hangs over the genital area can make it difficult to maintain good hygiene, and also impair mobility. To address these issues, body contouring can include a panniculectomy procedure, which is covered by some insurance plans.

Based on what is most appropriate for an individual, Dr. Greenwald may recommend body contouring, which might include liposuction, panniculectomy, and/or any of the following cosmetic procedures:

  • Tummy tuck
  • Butt lift
  • Thigh lift
  • Breast lift

To further improve the overall proportion of the body, a treatment plan might incorporate fat grafting to provide added contour to the breasts, chin, or calves. Depending on a patient’s specific needs, these effects may also be accomplished with the placement of implants.

To learn more about body contouring surgery and what it is designed to accomplish, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, at 888-840-3199. Dr. Greenwald is pleased to meet with prospective patients to discuss their surgical goals, recommend appropriate treatment, explain the anticipated body contouring recovery process, and review body contouring before and after photos of real-life patients.