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Surgery After Weight Loss

Body Contouring After Weight Loss in New Westminster, BC

Patients who have had significant weight loss either from bypass surgery or lifestyle changes often are left with folds of loose skin. The main areas involved tend to be: the abdomen, back, thighs, and arms. Body contouring can help smooth and reshape these troublesome areas.

You might consider contouring if weight loss has been stable for 6-12 months and you have excessive loose skin due to significant weight loss.

Body contouring is often accompanied with liposuction to help smooth out and better contour the area. The location you need excess skin removed from will dictate the approach and incisions required. (Please see thigh lift, abdominoplasty, arm lift, and back lift for more detailed descriptions of these areas.) A back lift can be combined with abdominoplasty to eliminate skin folds circumferentially.

Dr. Jeannie MacDonald will discuss with you which option is best for you. To learn more, continue reading below or call (604) 288-8517.

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Your Consultation

Your first step will be to have a detailed consultation with Dr MacDonald where she will listen to your goals and concerns and complete a careful examination. Then, Dr. MacDonald will discuss the treatment options that best address your concerns and particular situation.

Dr. MacDonald and her staff will:

  • Give you detail information about the surgery and what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure
  • Discuss any concerns or questions that you may have
  • Discuss potential risks of the procedure

What Can I Expect During Body Contouring Surgery and Recovery?

Body contouring surgery is a day surgery, meaning you go home the same day. It requires a general anesthetic, so we have you complete a pre-operative questionnaire to ensure you are ready for surgery. You will be given instructions on what time to arrive and reminded not to eat or drink anything the night before surgery. The surgery is approximately 2 hours and you will spend approximately 3 hours in the recovery room, so plan to spend the day at the hospital. You will be given a prescription for pain medication before leaving the hospital.

You will need someone to drive you home from the hospital and stay with you for the first 24 hours. Dr. MacDonald will see you 5-7 days after surgery to examine the incisions and talk about incision care. You can shower 48 hours after surgery. All the stitches are dissolving and incision care is simply ointment and gauze. You will have a wrap or binder on from the day of surgery and this is worn full-time until the healing is complete: 2-4 weeks.

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Combining her unique surgical expertise with her artistic understanding of balance and proportion, Dr. Jeannie MacDonald brings out the most naturally beautiful you. Meet Dr. MacDonald today to learn more.