One of the most popular TV shows, The Biggest Loser, has focused our attention on those folks needing to lose massive amounts of weight. Each week we are given an insight into what it takes to shed those pounds and how hard the contestants work to achieve their very personal triumphs. But the show doesn’t follow up on what happens after these individuals reach their goal weight. Their quest for a better body is far from over.
Since obesity in our country is now at epidemic levels, we, at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, NJ, are seeing more patients who have lost 100 pounds and more, either by serious dieting, or more likely through gastric by-pass surgery. Shedding so much weight so quickly leaves folds of unsightly loose skin that can’t be tightened through exercising, no matter how diligent. That’s what often brings them to our center. Most commonly the areas that require plastic surgery interventions are the thighs, buttocks, stomach, and sometimes the inner arms.
We can address the first two problem areas by performing a Lower Body Makeover, which includes a tummy tuck and a lateral thigh lift that will remove the excess skin, while also elevating and shaping the buttocks. The procedures are done during one visit to our facility, which contains SurgiCenter, our state-of-the-art operating suite. Our surgical team includes myself, who is board-certified in both plastic and general surgery, a board-certified anesthesiologist, and nurses and technicians specializing in plastic surgery cases. While most of my surgeries take place there, I also have privileges at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ.
The Lower Body Makeover requires a somewhat more prolonged recuperative period than some other major plastic surgeries. The good news is that my patients tell me having it done has not only helped to shape and rebuild their bodies but also their self-images.
For more information on the Lower Body Makeover, or other procedures, please contact Ann Carbone, our Practice Manager.