Some body contouring and tummy tuck patients visit my Portland practice after a massive weight loss, seeking to address the loose, sagging skin left behind. They often wish to combine a tummy tuck with other body contouring procedures, such as a body lift, to maximize their results. This type of weight loss is a huge achievement that usually comes after years of hard work, so it’s understandable that these patients want to see their end results as soon as possible. But I’m quick to remind them that, just as it did with their weight loss, patience with plastic surgery pays off.
Tummy tucks, body lifts, arm lifts, and other similar procedures can create beautiful, streamlined results, showcasing the well-toned muscles that my weight-loss patients have worked hard to accomplish. But these procedures aren’t just matters of removing excess skin. They can be complex, often involving the muscle and tissue underneath, and they must be highly customized for each individual patient. Because of this, I often recommend staggering them instead of performing them all at once. This maximizes patient safety and comfort and creates better long-term results.
Though cosmetic surgery is very safe, there are always risks. These risks increase the longer a patient is under general anesthesia, and they also increase when many body parts are involved in one procedure. Patient safety is always the foremost concern of any good surgeon. Although it may be initially disappointing for a patient to learn that his or her body contouring surgeries must be staggered, his or her personal safety make the ultimate results worth the wait.