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Body Contouring

After Major Weight Loss

Body contouring following major weight loss improves the shape and tone of your underlying tissue that supports fat and skin and removes excess sagging fat and skin.

What are the risks of body contouring?

The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal, and you will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of body contouring surgery are acceptable.

You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.Body contouring risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Poor wound healing
  • Skin loss
  • Blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism
  • Excessive or widened scars
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Residual skin laxity or contour irregularity

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.



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