Body Contouring in Northern VA
Body Contouring Surgery
Body contouring gets rid of loose and excess skin and tissue of the lower body, including the abdomen and buttocks area.
Most candidates for this procedure have experienced a major weight loss that has led to the loosening of the skin around specific areas of their body. With body contouring, Dr. Feledy can dramatically improve your figure and put the finishing touches on your weight loss efforts.
"I lost a lot of weight over a one year period. While I was happy about that, I still didn't like how I looked as my body had changed so much with the weight gain in the first place. I found out about body contouring at Belmont and it was the missing piece.” - W.P.*
Body Contouring FAQS
1) What is body contouring?
Body contouring is a series of surgical procedures done at one time. Also known as body life surgery, it allows individuals to remove the excess of skin from areas that were most affected by a major weight loss. Areas that are typically treated with body contouring are:
- The abdominal area, locally and into the lower back area
- The abdominal sides (a.k.a. the love handles)
- The buttocks, that may be low, flat or shaped unevenly
- The groin that may sag into the inner thigh
- The inner or outer thighs.
2) Why undergo body contouring?
Despite successfully losing a significant amount of weight, you still have residual fat deposits. A common problem is the excess skin that remains from your maximum weight. This skin has been severely stretched and damaged and has lost its elasticity. It’s unlikely to decrease on its own which can hinder the performance of your daily activities and cause serious hygiene issues. Surgically removing this excess of skin is the only way to improve the appearance for these areas. Dr. Feledy provides expert body contouring in Stafford.
Common body contouring procedures include tummy tuck, arm lift, body lift, thigh lift and liposuction. Body lift surgery is a procedure that combines techniques from the tummy tuck and the butt lift. Dr. Feledy works around the lower body and removes the apron of loose skin and tissue. The incisions are placed within natural skin folds which allow the post-surgical scars to be well hidden. You can combine the body lift with liposuction to remove small areas of excess fat.
Panniculectomy: A panniculectomy is a functional operation that removes a large hanging apron of skin, the pannus, from the abdomen. Patients requiring a panniculectomy often have severe hygiene issues from infection.
Mons Rejuvenation: Following significant weight loss, patients are left with sagging of tissue that lies over the pubic bone in a region called the mons. Fullness and sagging of the mons can cause difficulty with urination, sexual function, and clothes fitting. This source of embarrassment can be addressed during abdominal contouring. It will be reduced and elevated to provide a more youthful appearance.
Extended abdominoplasty: An extended abdominoplasty is a procedure that falls between an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and a body lift. The incision for an extended abdominoplasty extends onto the back but does not go completely around the torso like a body lift procedure. An extended abdominoplasty allows for the complete excision of larger abdominal areas and the flank region and lifts the lateral thighs (but to a lesser extent than a body lift).
Upper Body Lift: Some patients have significant back rolls they want corrected with an upper body lift. Women often hide this incision beneath the bra-line. Men’s incision line placement is often dictated by the position of the back rolls.
3) Are Body Contouring surgeries safe and are there any side effects?
All surgeries carry some risk of complications that can be minimized by a qualified surgeon. There are a few rare side effects that include nerve damage, blood clots, scarring, pain, swelling or heart and lung complications. We take every effort to ensure any risks are minimized. Ask Dr. Feledy about these risks during your consultation.
4) What happens after most Body Contouring surgeries?
Depending on the body contouring procedure, your initial recovery will take between 10 to 14 days. Some patients need up to three weeks to recover. A larger procedure may be required for a thin tube to be put in place to prevent fluid accumulation (removed in seven days). During this time, you will need to get plenty of rest and limit your physical activity. Swelling, numbness, tenderness, and a feeling of tightness are common but will subside over time. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for six weeks and exposure to the sun for several months. The doctor will provide more specific steps about your recovery from body contouring surgery.
5) What results can I expect?
After weight loss, many people seek plastic surgery to correct the excess skin and residual fat deposits that remain. For some patients, the fat deposits can be a constant reminder of their past.
At Belmont Plastic Surgery, we consider it a privilege to participate in your weight loss journey. We are committed to helping you realize your goals and radiate with a new sense of self-esteem and self-confidence.
We offer comprehensive care for our significant weight loss patients and your safety is always our first priority. We work closely with bariatric (treatment of obesity) surgeons and physicians specializing in weight loss, nutritionists, primary care physicians, and weight loss support groups to ensure this goal.
In your consultation with Dr. Feledy, he will go over the procedure and what you can expect before and after surgery. Find out more about the best and safest body contouring Northern VA has available by contacting us today.
6) Are you a good candidate for a body contouring?
If you’re considering a body contouring, you should be at a stable body weight, in generally good health, and looking to improve your appearance. You should not be a smoker, have high blood pressure, blood-clotting issues, or tend to form excessive scars. Have realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure. Most candidates for body contouring surgery are between 40 and 60 years of age with good skin elasticity.
What to expect in your consultation:
If you are thinking about getting this procedure, you should seek the top body contouring surgeon Northern VA has available and schedule a consultation with Dr. Feledy. A typical consultation will take at least an hour. You will during your intentions for body contouring with Dr. Feledy.
He will perform a thorough examination and explain in detail his recommendations based on your needs. Dr. Feledy will show you body contouring before and after photographs of his patients. This way, you will be able to see actual results for yourself and what to expect from the procedure. The caring staff of Belmont Plastic Surgery will meet with you and make sure to answer all of your questions about financing and your insurance policy.
““Because of my experience with patients that have lost significant weight, I feel very comfortable performing these technically challenging procedures and dealing with any potential complications that may occur. Dr. Jules Feledy
Body Contouring Before & After Photos
See Belmont Plastic Surgery's body contouring before and after results. It is important to look at before and after images to get an idea of what can be achieved with a surgery and to help guide the process with the doctor of determining the outcome you are going for.