Recovering from Body Contouring following Extreme Weight Loss

By Peter Fisher, MD on March 19, 2015

A slim, toned pair of legs running on the beachWhether a person relies on diet and exercise or turns to the aid of bariatric surgery, losing a significant amount of weight takes a great deal of effort and dedication. After putting in such a huge amount of work, patients deserve to feel confident and attractive. Unfortunately, after massive weight loss, many people feel self-conscious due to the large amount of loose and flabby skin that fails to conform to the body’s new shape. Body contouring after massive weight loss can tighten and tone the body so that patients can reap the full reward of their weight loss efforts. Dr. Peter Fisher offers a wide range of body contouring treatments, all of which can be customized and combined to meet each of his patient’s unique needs. Prior to undergoing treatment, our San Antonio patients should understand that recovery from body contouring after massive weight loss will take time, but in the end, the results will be well-worth it.

Types of Body Contouring

A significant amount of weight loss can lead to flabby skin all over the body. Skin that has been stretched to accommodate excess fat often fails to shrink and contour to a smaller body once a patient loses weight. Dr. Fisher can improve body contour all over the body by offering procedures that can tighten and tone any of the following areas:

  • Arms
  • Breasts
  • Stomach
  • Hips
  • Back
  • Thighs

To fully accommodate patients and give them the results they desire with minimal recovery time, Dr. Fisher can combine these treatments in a single surgical procedure.


Because body contouring may involve different areas of the body (and often several areas of the body), each patient’s recovery will be unique. However, the basic aspects of recovery will be the same. Below are some side effects that are likely to be experienced by patients while they recover from a body contouring procedure:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Numbness or tingling sensation
  • Tight, itchy feeling on the skin around incision sites

Patients should plan on having plenty of time to rest from their surgical procedure and should not plan on returning to work until a week or two after surgery takes place. Compression garments and surgical drains are likely to be a vital part of recovery, as both help to minimize swelling and pull excess fluid away from the surgical site. While exercise is likely to be part of a healthy lifestyle after a patient has lost such a huge amount of weight, it is important that patients refrain from strenuous exercise and activities for at least six weeks after surgery, in order to avoid unwanted complications. However, walking is permitted, and is actually encouraged to help with circulation and the avoidance of blood clots. Within a couple of weeks after surgery, most patients feel comfortable enough to resume their regular routine and are able to notice a drastic change in the slimness and firmness of the body.

Schedule an Appointment

Are you missing out on the full benefits of massive weight loss due to loose, flabby skin? If so, body contouring can help you eliminate excess fat and tissue to give you the tight, toned body that you have worked so hard for. Dr. Peter Fisher has performed numerous body contouring procedures for patients who have experienced massive weight loss and he can help you, too. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our body contouring procedures. We look forward to hearing from you!

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