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To schedule an appointment with a skilled cosmetic surgeon in St. Charles County, contact Dr. Jeffrey Copeland of Copeland Cosmetic Surgery.

Copeland Cosmetic Surgery
#2 Richmond Center Court
St. Peters, MO 63376
P / 636-397-2001
F / 636-279-2010

Board Certified Professional Accreditations

Post-Bariatric Body Contouring (Post Weight Loss)

Post-Bariatric Body Contouring (Post Weight Loss)

As the US population continues its trend to more and more obesity, many people turn to weight loss procedures. This is a trend that shows a steady increase over time, and new, less invasive techniques such as the lap band are becoming more common every year. As a result, there are many people who have attained a significant weight loss, but who cannot tighten the skin that has been stretched by years of obesity. The only way to deal with this excess skin that has been expanded beyond its ability to retract is to remove it. The technical term for this type of procedure is dermolipectomy, but in patients with massive weight loss, several specific types of reduction are used, including abdominoplasty, lower body lift, thigh lift, trunk plasty, upper body lift, breast lift (mastopexy) and others. These procedures all share the principle of removal of skin and subcutaneous fat done with technique that attempts to place the incisions in hard-to-see locations and to provide as natural an appearance as possible. Some of the procedures include the use of liposuction to help reduce fat in areas where it cannot be directly excised. These operations are successful because they are direct approaches to the unsatisfactory body contours and are understood as a trade-off between the presence of scars and major improvements in the contours of one’s body. Lower body lift is less known than some of the other procedures. It includes liposuction of the thights, loosening of the thigh skin and removal of a belt of skin and underlying fat around the entire waist, followed by pulling up on the thigh skin, so closure improves the contours of both the thighs and the trunk. Upper body lift may be an extension of a breast reduction or lift in females and of breast tissue removal for gynecomastia in males. The magnitude of these operations dictates that the patient stay in the hospital for a day or more after the procedure. The investment in time and effort pays off with a better body shape. These operations are among the most gratifying to Dr. Copeland because they make such a difference in the patient’s life. Contact our practice today to schedule your consultation.

Dr. Copeland always welcomes patients seeking plastic surgery from nearby cities to his practice. For your convenience, we’ve provided driving directions from the following locations: