After Weight Loss

If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight and are left with sagging or stretched skin, consider firming up your physique with body contouring surgery. We offer surgeries designed to remove and tighten skin left loose and sagging from major weight loss. Common procedures included are lower body lift, buttock lift, arm lift, breast lift, and/or tummy tuck.


What is After Weight Loss Surgery?

Excess skin removal surgeries are highly individualized and unique to each patient. Some patients experience optimal results from a lower body lift, while others may require a breast or arm lift as well. We recommend waiting until your body has reached a stable weight after weight loss before body contouring to maximize the results, typically at least six months after the goal weight has been achieved.

Each surgery will vary in length and process, based on the skin and tissue being removed and the number of procedures being performed.

Arm lift (brachioplasty)

This procedure involves removing and tightening sagging skin below the elbow, the armpit, or even extending to tighten onto the chest wall, resulting in toned, taut upper arms.

Buttock lift (gluteal augmentation)

This involves removing lax skin from the lower back, outer thighs, and buttocks, resulting in a lifted backside.

Breast lift (mastopexy)

This surgery rejuvenates the breasts by lifting them to a youthful position while improving shape and firmness.

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) 

This surgery tightens and removes excess skin and residual fat from the abdomen, and tightens the abdominal muscles, resulting in a smoother and firmer midsection.

Lower body lift (belt lipectomy) 

This is a type of tummy tuck that combines a buttock lift and tummy tuck into one procedure.

During your consultation, your surgeon will develop a safe, effective surgical plan and recommend a body contouring approach unique to you. You may need more than one surgery to achieve your desired results.

What are the Benefits of After Weight Loss Surgery?

Some of the advantages and benefits our After Weight Loss Surgery patients in Ottawa have seen from their procedure include the following:

  • Better mobility
  • More defined and toned body parts
  • Immediately noticeable results from surgery
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Reduced depression and anxiety
  • Smoother skin
  • Younger, thinner appearance

Who are the Best Candidates for After Weight Loss Surgery?

The best candidates for an Ottawa After Weight Loss Surgery have already lost their expected weight and have successfully kept it off for at least six months. In addition to that, we feel that patients looking to become great candidates have some of these common characteristics:

  • Are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise
  • Can tolerate general anesthesia
  • Have no major heart or lung disease
  • Have excess sagging skin left from the procedure or extreme weight loss
  • Non-smokers
  • Post-bariatric plastic surgery sometimes requires pre-surgical psychological counseling

What’s the First Step?

If you are looking into After Weight Loss Surgery in Ottawa, the first step you need to take is to contact Ottawa Plastic Surgery and schedule your consultation. When you come in for your appointment, you will meet with one of our talented and experienced plastic surgeons. During your consultation, you will be able to express your body goals, ask questions about the options we provide, and work with your doctor to decide which combination of surgeries is best for you. This will also require you to answer questions about your medical history and lifestyle to learn the most about you and reduce unnecessary risks.

With all of the information that is collected during your consultation, your surgeon will create your personalized surgical plan. If you agree with the plan, you will then meet with our Patient Coordinator to schedule your surgery for the next step. You will also be provided with some instructions to follow pre-surgery to ensure the best possible outcome.

What to Expect on the Day of After Weight Loss Surgery

On the day of your surgery, you will arrive at the facility and meet with members of our team. We will ensure you are confident and comfortable with the treatment before anything begins. You will meet our anesthetist to determine the best way to keep you comfortable during surgery; this most frequently involves a general anesthetic.

Once comfortable, your surgeon will proceed with the removal of excess skin and fat from the target areas that you discussed in your consultation. This involves making incisions that are strategically placed to be hidden in clothing and to optimize your shape and contour. The necessary incisions are based on your individual needs and will be discussed with you when you come for your consultation.

The length of your surgery will depend on what areas are being addressed. After surgery, our recovery room nurses will look after you and prepare you for returning home.

Additional information on After Weight Loss Surgery and examples are available on the respective pages of our website.

After Weight Loss Surgery Recovery

Recovery time will vary. Much like our other surgeries, you can expect to take 1-2 weeks off of work, and a minimum of 6 weeks to fully recover. You will likely be required to wear compression garments as you heal to maintain contour. All After Weight Loss Surgery patients are expected to start walking and moving as soon as possible.

How Much Does After Weight Loss Surgery Cost in Ottawa?

The cost of After Weight Loss Surgery in Ottawa will vary based on a number of factors, but mostly on which procedures you will need to achieve your body’s aesthetic goals. When you come in for your consultation and have your surgical plan made, our Patient Coordinator will be able to use that information to provide you with a complete price breakdown.

Why Choose Us?

Ottawa Plastic Surgery is the only clinic in Ottawa that specializes solely in aesthetic surgery and we are proud to offer a variety of surgical and nonsurgical treatments for breast, body, and face. Our board-certified surgeons and team of aesthetic experts provide an exceptional level of care during your entire experience by practicing a patient-first approach. We listen to you and tailor treatments and procedures to your individual needs. Client-focused care is founded on the principle that patients feel understood and cared for, and this belief is woven into our practice every step of the way.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’ve recently had a significant amount of weight loss but your body isn’t looking the way you want it After Weight Loss Surgery in Ottawa could be perfect for you! To find out if you’re a viable candidate, please contact Ottawa Plastic Surgery a (613) 792-4137 to schedule your consultation, or use our website to request an appointment, and a member of our team will be in touch with you. We can even set up a virtual meeting if you’d prefer!

After Weight Loss Surgery FAQ’s

  • After Weight Loss Surgery Painful?

    The surgery itself is not painful because it is performed under anesthesia. During your recovery, you should expect some bruising and swelling, with some minor, occasional pain that will subside over time. Some procedures are more uncomfortable than others or have a more involved recovery. You will be prescribed some temporary pain medication to have a more comfortable recovery, and you are free to use ice packs or cold compresses to alleviate any pain.

  • How many appointments will I need?

    Since After Weight Loss Surgery can be performed in stages, every patient will have a different number of appointments. After your surgery, you can expect to return for a follow-up so your initial recovery can be monitored and any sutures or bandages can be removed. When you come in for your consultation, your surgeon will give you a better how many follow-ups you will need

  • How long until I see results?

    Most patients can see results almost instantly post-surgery, but will still be bruised and possibly swollen for several weeks. As your body heals over the next few months and your skin settles into its natural placement, you’ll be able to enjoy optimal results for years to come.

  • Can I combine After Weight Loss Surgery with other procedures?

    Much like the Mommy Makeover, After Weight Loss Surgery will typically be a combination of other body contouring surgeries that are mentioned above. If you have any specific goals in mind or would like to hear some expert suggestions made by our fabulous plastic surgeons, please bring this up during your consultation.

  • What are the risks associated with After Weight Loss Surgery?

    As with any surgical procedure, there are possible risks and complications associated with After Weight Loss Surgery. The risks of surgery will be thoroughly discussed with you by your surgeon during your consultation. Before you leave, we will provide you with detailed care instructions to help minimize these risks. If you’re interested in some of the specific risks associated with the individual procedures, please refer to their individual pages on our website. If you do have any concerning or long-lasting reactions, please contact our clinic immediately.

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