James A. Matas, M.D.
I'm a 27 year old female. After years of struggling with obesity, I’ve lost 100 pounds. I've maintained my weight for three years, but still would like to lose an additional 30 pounds (I'm now 5'5" and 170 pounds). How much more weight should I lose before having body contouring surgery to get rid of the excess skin?
I believe you are a good candidate for this surgery now. Body contouring surgery in someone that originally weighed 270 pounds will remove a significant amount of redundant skin and underlying fat. As a result of the surgery, you will lose additional weight but more importantly, will see yourself in a different light and more than likely this will stimulate you to continue on a healthy diet with increased physical activity and possibly more weight loss.
Needless to say, this is major surgery and a full medical evaluation would be necessary to determine your ability to undergo extensive surgery. Body contouring procedures can be staged with different procedures being performed at separate times after allowing for healing and recovery. A thorough consultation with a plastic surgeon would be in order to determine the exact surgical plan.