Massive Weight Loss

Chukwuemeka Onyewu, MD -  - Plastic Surgery

Jamachi Plastic Surgery

Chukwuemeka Onyewu, MD

Plastic Surgery located in Silver Spring, MD

Losing a large amount of weight isn’t ever easy, and often the journey doesn’t end when the number on the scale reaches a healthy size. While you may be thinner, excess skin and tissue can still keep you from the body of your dreams. At Jamachi Plastic Surgery in Silver Spring, Maryland, Chukwuemeka Onyewu, MD, offers comprehensive plastic surgery following massive weight loss. Call for a consultation to learn how he can revise your physique to match your weight loss, or you can request an appointment online.

Massive Weight Loss Q & A

Why would I need plastic surgery after massive weight loss?

Following large amounts of weight loss, such as 100 pounds or more, you may still have loose, heavy folds of skin to contend with. Plastic surgery removes this excess skin, improving the shape and tone of the tissue in your arms, thighs, breasts, buttocks, and abdomen.

In some cases, certain insurance plans will cover the procedures as a medical necessity.

What procedures are available following massive weight loss?

Several body areas may have excess skin that requires revision following massive weight loss. Dr. Onyewu customizes a treatment plan depending on your concerns. This may include:

Brachioplasty

A brachioplasty is an arm lift. It helps improve the look of your upper arms, particularly the skin that hangs underneath, and may be referred to as “flags” or “bat wings.” During the procedure, excess skin and fat are removed from between the armpit and the elbow. He then places any remaining skin back to create new contours and tone.

Breast lift

Also known as a mastopexy, a breast lift helps perk up a bust that’s drooped due to massive weight loss. During the procedure, Dr. Onyewu removes excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissue to support a new breast contour. A breast lift can also reduce the size of a stretched out areola.

Panniculectomy

A panniculectomy isn’t a tummy tuck; rather, it removes excess fat and skin left after weight loss. Because it doesn’t tighten the underlying muscles, it’s not considered “cosmetic” but a medical necessity by many insurance plans. It can reduce complications, such as skin irritation, rashes, and back pain due to excess tissue.

Thighplasty

A thighplasty tightens and improves the overall look of your thighs. If you have saggy, dimpled, or flabby skin in the thighs, a thighplasty removes the excess to lift the inner or outer thigh and significantly improve the upper leg’s appearance.

Mastopexy

Mastopexy, or a breast lift, can help improve the appearance of your breasts after weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or aging has taken its toll. This procedure tightens excess skin and reshapes the contours of your breasts. 

How do I know which procedure I need?

Dr. Onyewu sits down with you to discuss your current health, your weight loss, and your aesthetic goals. He makes recommendations according to your desired outcome, as well as your budget and insurance coverage.

To learn how you can reform your body after massive weight loss, make an appointment at Jamachi Plastic Surgery, or you can request an appointment online.