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Body Contouring After Weight Loss in North Carolina

Most of us expect a reward for the hard work we put into losing weight–a slimmer and more appealing figure. For some individuals, even proper diet and exercise prove to be insufficient strategies to lose the remaining few pounds, not to mention the excess skin that results from losing the majority of the weight. Body contouring addresses these problems by targeting the remaining fat and excess skin that are often the consequences of major changes in body weight.

Ethel, Tummy Tuck Surgery Patient

"Making the decision to have Gastric Bypass surgery was quite a decision, but the next step was an easy one. I met Dr. Damitz and now I love my size 2 and shopping. Best of all is when my husband said 'wow!'"

What Is Body Contouring?

This plastic surgery procedure includes the removal of subcutaneous fat with liposuction and loose skin by means of surgical excision. Body contouring involves any number of cosmetic procedures, all aimed at correcting contour issues in the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and arms. Procedures that may be selected with the goal of regaining contour include:

Who Can Benefit?

Body contouring in North Carolina is ideal for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and are struggling with excess, loose-hanging skin or stubborn areas of fat.

Body Contouring Procedures

Your plastic surgeon may recommend a number of procedures in body contouring. For hanging skin in the midsection, a tummy tuck or panniculectomy may be appropriate, while excess skin in the arms or thighs is resolved through brachioplasty or thighplasty.

During body contouring, your surgeon may combine skin-tightening techniques with liposuction. Incisions in the natural folds of skin allow your plastic surgeon to remove loose skin and excess fat while keeping surgical incision scars in an easily concealed location.

Body Contouring Aftercare

Because body contouring in North Carolina can vary greatly depending on the procedure selected, it is difficult to summarize the aftercare steps for body contouring. Recovery can span anywhere from one to two weeks for the tummy tuck, and six to eight weeks for a full body lift. In any case, it is critical that you consult your surgeon and medical team in order to receive all of the information you need prior to body contouring and its recovery period.

Learn More About Body Contouring in Raleigh-Durham

At the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center in the Plastic Surgery Division, we look forward to answering questions and addressing any concerns you might have about body contouring. Our plastic surgeons recognize that this may seem like an overwhelmingly complicated surgery, and they are pleased to take the time to walk you through your options. Please give us a call in Chapel Hill and schedule a consultation to learn more about body contouring. Our plastic surgery service area includes: Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Cary, Fayetteville, Charlotte, Greenville, Wake Forest, Greensboro, Garner, Burlington, Apex, Sanford, Knightdale, Clayton, Fuquay Varina, Goldsboro, Fort Bragg, Jacksonville, and Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Real Patient Stories

Kandy | Eyelid Surgery Patient
"Bottom line I did this just for me!" (Read More)

Ethel | Tummy Tuck Surgery Patient
"I love my size 2 and shopping." (Read More)

Jackie | Radiesse Patient
"I’m having fun and feeling great!" (Read More)