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Body Contouring Surgery in Sydney

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What is Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss?

There are many methods that patients use to achieve massive weight loss. Some patients may reach their goal weight through diet and exercise, while many have needed further support via bariatric surgery. No matter what path you take, the journey can be quite a challenging experience, and your success in achieving your weight loss is to be celebrated, and you are to be congratulated on this achievement.

For many patients, however, weight loss alone is not the end of their journey. Along with the loss of weight comes a loss of skin tone and excess skin. The amount of excess skin after weight loss will vary with the degree of retraction of the skin during this time. In some patients, there is good skin retraction, leaving little need for any corrective surgery; however, in most patients, the massive weight loss leaves the skin loose and hanging off the body, sometimes with extra folds, giving a person quite a “deflated” look.

Plastic surgery is not always necessary in all areas. Sometimes if there is a small amount of excess, improving tone in this area by lifting weights, for example, may be of benefit. However, once there is a reasonable amount of excessive tissue, particularly if these areas have stretch marks, then surgery remains the only method to remove and tighten this skin. As Dr. Kumar says, “Gym doesn’t cure skin”.

It is important to understand that even with surgery, there are no quick fixes” to body contouring after massive weight loss. The physical and psychological benefits take time. Just as it takes a person anywhere from six to nine months and sometimes even more to achieve their goal weight, it can take a similar period to remove all the excess skin.

There are three common areas that patients feel most conscious about when considering body contouring surgery in Sydney, after massive weight loss.

1. The Breasts

Common procedures are:

2. The Abdomen (torso) and Arms.

Common Procedures are:

3. The Inner Thighs

Common procedures are:

Excess skin in these areas leads to complaints such as the following:

  • empty, “sagging breasts” that no longer fill a bra
  • sweating under the skin folds, particularly in the summer months, that is difficult to control or reduce
  • skin infections and rashes, particularly in these folds
  • chafing and rubbing, especially in the inner thighs but also in other areas where there is loose skin.
  • difficulty finding clothing that fits well due to a lack of harmony between the new body weight and the new body shape
  • A lack of self-confidence as some patients feel more self-conscious with the excess loose skin (especially over the tummy and arms) compared to when they still had the weight to lose.

As a fully qualified and accredited specialist plastic surgeon, Dr. Kumar has a special interest in weight loss surgery in Sydney. He is able to use all the techniques of plastic surgery to provide a harmonious result that balances the reconstructive nature of this surgery with the aesthetic needs of his patients. Dr. Kumar takes pride in delivering natural results that help his patients complete their weight loss journey.

Procedure

If more then one area of the body is to be treated, then surgery after weight loss in Sydney is often performed in stages. Depending on your personal needs, Dr. Kumar will select the procedures that best suit your requirements. It is important to remember that no two people are alike, and therefore, no two results will be exactly the same.

There are several factors taken into consideration when deciding on the procedures for you. Some procedures work well together for recovery, while others can make your recovery a little harder logistically. The duration of surgery can vary from 4 hours to 10 hours on average, and therefore, procedures are combined in a manner that reduces your risk on the operating table. Your financial situation is also considered to ensure that you receive the best value when combining procedures.

A typical series of procedures would look like this:

Operation 1: Body Lift including monsplasty and Breast Surgery ( Stage 1 )

(6 months recovery minimum if stage 2 breast surgery is required)

Operation 2: Arm Lift and Breast surgery (Stage 2, only if required)

( 3 months recovery minimum)

Operation 3: Thigh Lift (Stage 3, only if required)

On average, for most patients, it takes 3 operations and 12 months to achieve their post-weight loss body if they wish to address all 3 common areas of concern.

Please follow the links on this page to find out more specific details on the different types of surgery that are available following weight loss.

Guide to Body Contouring Surgery After Massive Weight Loss

This complete guide to Body Contouring Surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Body Contouring Surgery Explained
  • How to assess if you are a good candidate
  • The Body Contouring Surgery Process
  • Answers to our most frequently asked questions

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Am I a Candidate for Body Contouring Surgery in Sydney after Weight Loss?

Body contouring after weight loss is one of the most complex surgeries performed by plastic surgeons. Not only are there significant technical considerations, but there are also significant patient considerations. As a result, the surgery should only be undertaken when all these factors are optimised. From a patient’s point of view, the minimum requirements prior to undertaking body contouring surgery after weight loss in Sydney are:

  • You have achieved your goal weight and have been stable in this weight range for a minimum of 3-6 months
  • You are otherwise reasonably fit and well with no major medical problems, and you have clearance from your GP to be able to undergo a large operation
  • You are a non-smoker, or you will have ceased smoking for a minimum of 12 weeks before and 12 weeks after surgery (including nicotine of any type/source and e-cigarettes)
  • Wound healing can often be a challenge in body contouring surgery, so it is crucial that you have a good healthy diet and excellent nutrition. Your protein levels, iron, B12, and folate are of particular importance and will need to be optimal prior to surgery
  • The journey to and after body contouring surgery can be quite an emotional one. It is important that you have excellent social support via your friends and family and that you have a good support structure during your recovery after surgery.

Dr. Kumar and his team can help you meet these requirements and optimise your health to ensure that your surgery and recovery are as trouble-free as possible.

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Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss Cost

As there are multiple possible combinations of surgery and they are usually separated over time, the best and most accurate method to get a quote is to see Dr. Kumar, and together you can work out the operative plan and therefore the appropriate quote.

After your initial consultation with Dr. Kumar, you will be given a detailed itemised quote. This will include Dr. Kumar’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee, and the hospital fees.

We will also provide information on our body contouring surgery in Sydney and payment plans.

Included in your fees are:

  • Vectra 3D simulation (as required)
  • Procedure performed by a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon
  • Mentor brand breast implants – (if needed)
  • Anaesthetic fees
  • Procedure performed in a fully accredited private hospital
  • All garments
  • Post-op follow-up for a period of 12 months

3D Vectra Simulation

See results on your own body with a Vectra Simulation with our Patient Coordinator. This scan will give you a much better idea of sizing and placement, and you can see what different implant sizes will look like on your own frame and in clothing. Dr. Kumar is one of the very few practices that offers this service in Sydney.

Meet the Expert

Dr. Rohit Kumar is an Australian certified specialist plastic surgeon (MED0001630444). His particular area of interest is breast and body surgery. Often, patients who have achieved massive weight loss, have had one or multiple children (including twins), or have developmental or age-related physiological changes (e.g. large or ptotic breasts) may suffer from significant medical issues as a result. Some of these issues may benefit from plastic surgical procedures, and Dr. Kumar has over 15 years of experience as a specialist plastic surgeon to help guide you in choosing the right procedure for you.

Dr. Kumar, as a specialist plastic surgeon, has a particular area of interest in body contouring procedures that focus on areas such as the breasts, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, and flanks—the areas that are most affected after losing a significant amount of weight.

During your consultation, Dr. Kumar will evaluate your needs and take the time to understand your main concerns before suggesting a surgical plan that suits you.

As a patient of Dr. Kumar, you can expect a personalised and positive experience. Working in harmony with you, Dr. Kumar and his team strive to deliver results that surpass your expectations and do so in a safe environment. Along with him, his professional and caring team is there to support you on your surgical journey, from your first call to well after you have recovered from your surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions about Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss

How do I make an appointment to see Dr Kumar to discuss my body contouring surgery?

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What happens at my consultation and how many consultations will I have?

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How long will I stay in hospital

When can I start driving, start exercising, return to work?

Which hospital does Dr Kumar work in and can I have an all female team?

Can I use my private health insurance?

Do you have a payment plan?

Can I use my superannuation to pay for my surgery?

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