Avon Center for Aesthetic Surgery - David A. Novotny, MD


What Is Body Contouring Following Major Weight Loss?
The condition of being significantly overweight can cause stress on your health in many ways. If you physical activity has been limited due to your overweight condition, you may have weak muscle and skin tone, and you skin may be severely stretched .

Bariatric surgery, sometimes called gastric bypass surgery, is one method of major weight loss for individuals clinically defined as obese. Following weight reduction surgery, or any substantial amount of weight loss, the skin and tissues often lack elasticity and cannot conform to the reduced body size. As a result, skin that has been severely stretched now is unsupported, and begins to sag in pockets that most common develop around the:

  • Face, Neck and jowls, resulting in a droopy, sad appearance
  • Upper arms, resulting in a bat-wing like appearance
  • Breasts, causing them to flatten and hang with nipples pointed downward
  • Abdominal area, extending around the sides and into the back area, resulting in an apron-like overhang
  • Buttocks, groin and thighs, causing hanging pockets of skin

Weak and sagging skin that becomes macerated ( wet or infected ) is not only unattractive, it is also a serious threat to your health that must be treated.

Surgical body contouring following major weight loss improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin, and removes excess sagging fat and skin. The result is a more normal appearance to the body, with smoother contours. This is, in essence, the final phase of your total weight loss experience.

Where Do I Begin?
A consultation with Dr. Novotny is the first step to learn how body contouring following major weight loss can help you achieve better health and improved appearance. A consultation is designed to fully educate you about body contouring in a non-pressure environment and will include:

  • A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual case
  • The options available in body contouring surgery
  • The likely outcomes of body contouring and any risks or potential complications
  • The course of treatment recommended by Dr. Novotny
  • Dr. Novotny will also answer any of your questions


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