American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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Body Contouring

Skin Removal After Major Weight Loss

Body contouring helps with skin removal after major weight loss. This surgery improves the tone of underlying tissue and removes excess 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:

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

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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