Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in numerous body contouring procedures since I have lost 130 lbs. But I did not achieve this weight by bariatric surgery so would it be possible for me to have multiple procedures in one day? I have a lot of loose skin from my arms to my thighs so I need a lot of work done and the quicker I can get it off the better.
A: The origin of one’s weight loss has little impact on how any number of body contouring procedures are done in a single operative event. Actually extreme amounts of weight loss achieved by non-bariatric means, diet and exercise, are ‘safer’ since there are no metabolic issues to consider. (unlike a gastric bypass) There really are few differences between body contouring after weight loss and bariatric plastic surgery considerations when it comes to the type of body reshaping procedures considered and how they are put together. The key issues in doing multiple body contouring procedures is the length of time to do the surgery and what period of recovery time does the patient have. As all body contouring involves considerable trauma to the body if you just consider the size of the body surface areas being treated.
Dr. Barry Eppley