After losing a significant amount of weight, it is common to experience loose, sagging skin around the midsection. Rolls and folds of skin can make you look overweight, even after shedding several pounds. These unsightly bumps and bulges often do not respond to diet and exercise, so they can seem nearly impossible to get rid of. Fortunately, there is a new cosmetic surgery procedure that could be the solution to your problem. Corset trunkplasty, also known as corset surgery, is a surgical procedure that contours the midsection to create a smoother, sexier waistline.
The corset trunkplasty procedure is intended to reshape the entire midsection following significant weight loss as the result of gastric bypass surgery or dieting and exercising. Unlike other treatments, the corset trunkplasty procedure is intended to eliminate excess tissue in the entire trunk region all at once. The procedure creates an aesthetically appealing body shape that is similar to the shape obtained when wearing a corset.
“After losing a significant amount of weight, I came to Dr. Schlechter for a consultation to remove the excess skin from my 135 lb weight loss. After a lot of research, I discovered corset trunkplasty was a good option for me. The results are an amazing improvement, and I am very pleased with the results so far. Dr. Schlechter made me feel so comfortable and at ease. He definitely strives for perfection. The staff is also very down to earth and could not be any more accommodating. I tell everybody I know who is considering having any plastic surgery, Go to Dr. Schlechter. He is the best.” – DR
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How is Corset Trunkplasty Performed?
Corset trunkplasty can be performed in an out-patient setting. You will be given IV anesthesia, so you will not be awake during the procedure. Several incisions are made in a shape that resembles a capital H on its side. Excess skin and fat are carefully removed from the upper and lower abdomen as well as the lower chest, which help to improve the appearance of the lower back and hips. The remaining skin is then repositioned and sutured in place to create a sleek profile. The procedure generally takes anywhere from three to four hours. A potential drawback to the procedure for some patients is that the incision is vertical in the midline of the abdomen from the chest area to the suprapubic area. The top and bottom of the incisions are typically oriented horizontally to allow for more excess skin removal.
Am I a Candidate for Corset Trunkplasty?
If you have undergone gastric bypass surgery or lost a significant amount of weight by any other means and have loose skin around your abdomen, you may be a good candidate for corset trunkplasty. Good candidates are not overweight, and they are in generally good health. The procedure is not intended for overall weight loss, and it is important to have realistic expectations regarding the outcome.
Recovery from Corset Trunkplasty
Corset trunkplasty is major surgery, and there can be significant downtime. Immediately following the procedure, your incisions will be bandaged, and you may need to wear compression bandages for several weeks while you heal. To ease post-surgery discomfort, you will be given a medication called Experal. This medication is injected into the surgical site and provides relief for up to 72 hours. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for up to six weeks, and you may also need to take several weeks off of work. Pain, bruising and swelling are not uncommon. Because corset trunkplasty requires large incisions, it is important to realize that you will likely have scars after your surgery.