After losing a significant amount of weight, the exhilaration one feels might be overshadowed by the realization that the loss of fat has left them with excess skin in various places on the body. In her Portland, OR area practice, Dr. Elisa Burgess offers a variety of body contouring procedures to help men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight to further contour their new physiques.
Am I an ideal candidate for body contouring in Portland?
There are multiple reasons people chose to undergo body contouring in Portland, including:
- To remove loose skin folds
- To remove localized fat deposits
- To tighten remaining skin
We often see patients who are frustrated after losing significant weight, after weight loss programs or after bariatric surgery (lap band, gastric bypass, etc). These patients feel physically great, but their excess, deflated hanging tissue is not the reward that they had expected from their weight loss. Their tissue and skin have been maximally stretched and will not shrink back on their own.
Ideal candidates for body contouring surgery in Portland are those who have reached a stable weight and are not planning to lose any more significant pounds of fat. With plastic surgeries known as body contouring, dramatic improvements can be made to the shape and feel of the body.
What will the body contouring procedure be like?
Dr. Burgess offers a variety of procedures to further slenderize the body after weight loss by removing excess skin and localized fat. These procedures include:
CoolSculpting® Elite, a non-invasive and non-surgical method of fat reduction in the Portland, Oregon area. This treatment decreases the amount of fat cells and has very little downtime. CoolSculpting® is FDA cleared for fat reduction to any pinchable area of fat on the abdomen, flanks, inner/outer thigh, under the chin, and upper arms. So if you have a problem spot you can’t get rid of, CoolSculpting® is your answer!
Patients who struggle with sagging skin in the lower face can turn to Dr. Elisa Burgess in her Lake Oswego, OR practice to undergo a facelift to correct the issue. There are multiple reasons people undergo facelifts, including:
- To correct signs of aging in the lower face
- To remove excess fat
- To tighten underlying tissues
- To re-drape the skin of the lower face
Following pregnancy, aging, or a dramatic loss of weight, women often find themselves with breasts that are not as youthful in appearance as they once were. Sometimes these women need more fullness with an implant and a breast lift. Other women have their desired breast volume, but need to have the breasts reshaped and the nipples centralized with only a breast lift.
Every woman’s anatomy and breast shape is different, so it is best to see Dr. Burgess at her Portland area plastic surgery practice for an evaluation of a breast lift (also known as a mastopexy).
Dr. Elisa Burgess offers breast augmentation for patients with round saline, structured saline, round silicone, or shaped silicone implants, as one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries available. This surgical procedure enhances breast volume and fullness to improve a woman’s appearance.
Many women have large, heavy breasts that create an unbalanced appearance, limit their activities, and cause painful physical symptoms. Their symptoms may include back pain, neck pain, bra strap grooving on their shoulders, and rashes under their breasts. Large-breasted women can turn to Dr. Elisa Burgess for breast reduction in Portland.
People who lose a great amount of weight may often be left with excess skin in the upper arms, creating the unwanted “batwing” effect. Brachioplasty is a medical term for an upper arm lift plastic surgery procedure. For these individuals, Dr. Elisa Burgess offers brachioplasty, in her Portland, OR area practice. There are multiple reasons people chose to undergo brachioplasty including:
- To contour the upper arms
- To remove excess skin and tissue in the upper arms that has not responded well to diet and excerise
- To assist bariatric patients in removing excess tissue after weight loss
Many people celebrate the loss of weight but are disappointed by the excess, deflated skin afterward. Some have done it through diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery. Others have a normal weight but have seen the effects of pregnancy and in particular, multiple births or twins. In her Portland, OR area practice, Dr. Elisa Burgess is pleased to offer tummy tuck procedures, or abdominoplasty, to patients who want a firmer, flatter abdomen.
Following major weight loss, patients are often met with unwanted excess skin on various parts of their body, like the thighs. In her Portland, OR area office, Dr. Elisa Burgess can discuss thigh lift procedures, or thighplasty, for patients wishing to remove excess skin from their thighs. There are multiple reasons people chose to undergo a thigh lift in Portland, including:
- To remove excess skin on the thighs
- To tuck and contour thighs
- To reduce thigh circumference
In her Portland-area plastic surgery practice, Dr. Elisa Burgess offers liposuction for fat removal from specific areas. Liposuction, or lipoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess fat from areas such as the abdomen, back, thighs, or neck using a specialized suction device. The procedure is designed to subtly improve trouble areas that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Oftentimes, liposuction may be done in conjunction with other cosmetic surgeries.
What should I expect during my recovery following body contouring?
Recovery for each of these procedures can last a few weeks and the patient should expect to wear compression garments for a time, as well as limit activity. Please see the above specific procedure page for a recovery outline. For all surgical procedures, some complications are possible. For body contouring, some complications or risks may be unmet expectations, loss of sensation, infection, blood clots, scarring, and other unforeseen risks. Dr. Burgess will discuss these risks with you in detail during a pre-operative consultation at her Lake Oswego plastic surgery practice.