If you’ve recently lost a significant amount of weight – congratulations! Whether your weight loss was the results of a regimented diet or exercise routine or assisted with bariatric procedures, we know that you’ve undergone a major lifestyle change and that you are a mentally strong person to have achieved your weight loss goals and maintain them.
But while weight loss after pregnancy and bariatric procedures can help you lose a significant amount of weight, they can also leave you with unwanted, excess skin. Unfortunately, this excess skin will often not shrink back on its own, or respond to diet and exercise. Fortunately, you can fix this problem with body contouring procedures offered by Meridian Plastic Surgery Center’s artistically skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Kelly Tjelmeland.
Dr. Tjelmeland helps Austin body contouring patients target specific trouble-spots on their bodies, including:
- Upper arms.
- Inner thighs.
Austin patients can see improvement in each of these areas with plastic surgery designed for their goals and needs.
OPTIONS FOR BODY CONTOURING
If you’ve lost a lot of weight but still aren’t happy with the contour of your body, especially due to loose and sagging skin, what you need is the assistance of a skilled plastic surgeon. With years of experience, Dr. Tjelmeland of Meridian Plastic Surgery Center is the man for that job. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who began practicing in the Austin area in 1999, Dr. Tjelmeland is committed to helping Austin area patients – and many other patients who travel from out of town to work exclusively with him – achieve their optimal body contour.
Your journey to a newer you will begin with an initial consultation with Dr. Tjelmeland, during which you’ll discuss what you want to accomplish via plastic surgery and learn about the individual procedures we offer. These often include:
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty): Dr. Tjelmeland eliminates loose skin from the midsection and tightens the abdominal muscles (which often become separated as a side effect to pregnancy, called diastasis recti) to give you a slimmer appearance. With a tummy tuck procedure, your scar is hidden below the bikini line, so no one will be able to see the telltale scar showing that you’ve had work done. Tummy tucks can be highly customized. Some Austin patients only require a mini tummy tuck to address their lower abdominal section, while others may require a full tummy tuck to address problems both above and below the belly button.
Breast lift: Women often experience breast sagging over time, especially after significant weight loss or after pregnancy and breastfeeding – all of which can result in loss of volume to the breasts. The breast lift procedure repositions your breasts, so they look natural and youthful while also removing excess breast tissue.
Breast reduction: A breast reduction decreases the size of the breasts and can sometimes alleviate neck, back, and shoulder pain, providing greater comfort in daily life. Another reason Austin women choose breast reduction surgery is to decrease unwanted attention so that they better fit their body’s frame. Women should be aware that breast reduction surgery cuts through milk ducts, and can possibly hinder the ability to breastfeed in the future. If you think you might want to breastfeed in the future, make sure Dr. Tjelmeland knows so he can counsel you about your options.
Upper arm lift and inner thigh lift: Dr. Tjelmeland can sculpt tighter, firmer arms and legs, giving you results that are difficult to obtain through diet and exercise alone. Learn more below.
SLIMMER ARMS AND LEGS FOR AUSTIN BODY CONTOURING PATIENTS
Dr. Tjelmeland performs both the arm lift and inner thigh lift at our Austin surgical facility. Typically, you will receive general anesthesia and go home the same day as your surgery.
The arm lift can greatly improve the appearance of your upper arms by getting rid of loose, excess skin. During the procedure:
- Dr. Tjelmeland makes an incision on the inside of the arm, which usually extends to the elbow.
- He employs either ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (VASER®) or traditional liposuction on the area to remove fat.
- Tjelmeland removes excess skin, tightening and reshaping the arm.
An inner thigh lift provides patients improvement to the shape and overall contour of their inner thighs. During the surgery:
- Dr. Tjelmeland typically starts with liposuction along the inner thighs.
- He removes the unwanted excess skin from the area with an incision in the crease of the groin.
- To complete the procedure, Dr. Tjelmeland tightens and securely sutures the skin.
Recovery for both surgeries—arm lift and inner thigh lift—are similar. Body contouring procedures typically cause swelling and bruising in these areas, but Meridian Plastic Surgery Center will use a compression garment to minimize the effects. We will also offer pain medication to manage any discomfort or pain you may experience following your surgery.
Austin patients can expect to return to work within a week or so depending on the physical requirements of your job. You can begin light exercise after about three weeks and return to normal activities after about 4-6 weeks.
GETTING THE SHAPE YOU WANT
Meridian Plastic Surgery Center offers an option for whichever aspect of your body you want to address after significant weight loss. We tailor each procedure to the patient’s unique needs, and you will recognize our expertise and care throughout your experience.
If you’ve recently lost a significant amount of weight, but still aren’t happy with the way you look in clothes or the mirror, then you may require body sculpting to get the shape you desire. Don’t let your diet or bariatric procedure be the end of the road for you. You have worked hard to lose the excess pounds and should have the complete package which is well within reach when you’re working with Dr. Tjelmeland.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR BODY SCULPTING?
Since body sculpting typically involves a variety of procedures, Dr. Tjelmeland is extremely careful when screening his potential body sculpting patients to ensure they are healthy enough for these surgeries. Typically, you are considered a good candidate for body sculpting if:
- You have recently lost a significant amount of weight, but have remaining loose or excess skin you’d like to eliminate.
- You are in good general health.
- You have listened to Dr. Tjelmeland explain the various procedures you are wanting to have performed and have realistic expectations.
- You are a non-smoker, as smoking can complicate your surgery as well as your recovery.
- You are in good psychological health.
To learn more about body contouring surgery call Meridian Plastic Surgery Center at (512) 617-7500, or fill out our online form.