Losing weight can be a life-long battle for many men and women. Yet, the tremendous benefits associated with weight loss keep these people trying year after year. For those who do reach their ideal weight, the moment is one of triumph and excitement. All of that hard work has finally paid off, right? Right… Unless your dramatic weight loss has left your stretched-out skin sagging or small deposits of fat in unwanted places. Patients who have recently lost a significant amount of weight are turning to plastic surgery procedures to help them get a second chance to have the bodies they want.
Problems After Weight Loss
It’s a huge accomplishment to reach your ideal weight, but getting there might not be as perfect as you imagined it. Many men and women post-weight loss are frustrated with what they see in the mirror. Some of the most common complaints heard from patients after significant weight loss include: flabby arms and thighs, excess skin around the tummy, sagging skin around the lower body, pockets of fat around the knees or hips that won’t budge, and more. It’s completely normal, even if it is totally undesirable.
For some extreme cases of dramatic weight loss, the amount of excess skin might hit a dangerous level. These men and women might be required to have surgery to remove the extra skin before it causes health issues. Consult with your primary care physician and a trusted plastic surgeon about body contouring procedures and what they might offer you.
Candidates for Body Contouring After Weight Loss
If you’ve recently lost a large amount of weight, whether through gastric bypass surgery or on your own, you may be a good candidate for some body contouring procedures to tidy up your look. All patients for any cosmetic surgery should be in good overall health, not smoke, and have reasonable expectations for their potential results.
It may be time to consider plastic surgery if:
- You have sagging skin in multiple places, which may include the face, neck, breasts, abdomen, arms, back, and thighs.
- Your weight is now stabilized at or around your ideal weight. Some surgeons may require that your weight be stable for at least six months before surgery, as a precaution for your own health and safety.
- You find it hard to wear clothing because the excess skin makes everything fit wrong.
- You experience painful chafing, rashes, or infections in the areas where your loose skin is present.
- You have low self-esteem despite finally achieving your goal weight.
Start With SmartLipo Triplex for Best Results
If loose skin and excess fat are your major problem, why not choose a treatment that removes fat cells and tightens up nearby skin tissue all at once? SmartLipo Triplex is a revolutionary new liposuction technique that provides surgeons with a new approach to body contouring. SmartLipo is less invasive, safer to use, and delivers improved results. A laser is inserted into the treatment area, where the laser energy is released in order to liquefy fat cells for good. These are then suctioned away with a vacuum attachment. As the laser energy is absorbed by the skin, however, it encourages the growth of collagen, tightening and plumping the skin once more. Consider SmartLipo as a smart part of your plan for body contouring after weight loss.
Other Procedures to Seek After Weight Loss
Body contouring is a type of plastic surgery focused on reshaping and refining the lines of the body. It is often used to refer to a wide range of procedures, each offering a unique way to trim and tone a certain area of the body. If you’re considering body contouring procedures, your plastic surgeon might suggest any of the following procedures to you.
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, focuses on the flabby skin and weakened muscles of the abdomen. The procedure aims to correct a protruding abdomen through the removal of excess fat and skin, plus the tightening of the abdominal muscles. The result is a sleeker, better toned abdomen that reflects the hard work of your weight loss efforts nicely.
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, helps patients to achieve the sleek, toned-looking arms they’ve always wanted. Aging and weight loss can cause the skin and fat deposits of the arms to sag and wiggle. Sometimes called “bat wings,” no woman wants to wake up with them one day. Removing the excess skin and fat leaves the arms smoother, firmer, and more youthful looking.
Breast lift surgery is another popular choice for women after weight loss, since the breasts are often left stretched out and sagging toward the belly button. Your plastic surgeon can lift the breasts to a more natural place on the body, reposition the nipple to a central location, and even reshape the breasts to look more even. After a large amount of weight, many women opt for a combination procedure that adds breast implants, or a breast augmentation, into a breast lift surgery.
Many patients opt for a thigh lift after weight loss, since this area of the body can collect a large amount of excess, sagging skin and even fat. The thigh lift procedure leaves the thighs looking firmer and smoother by removing the excess. When the procedure and recovery are over, many patients are pleased with their sleeker thighs, especially since they can now seem more proportional to the rest of the body.
Plan Your Body Contouring Procedure
Starting your journey toward a neater, trimmer body can be just as exciting as finally seeing your goal weight on the scale. Get more information about the body contouring procedures that might help you get a second chance with your body.Contact Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, where Dr. Ran Rubinstein can help you to achieve the surgical results you desire.
Renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ran Rubinstein at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists of Newburgh, New York. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is the only specialty plastic surgery practice in the Hudson Valley area with an on-site joint commission certified surgical suite. To contact Dr. Rubinstein, please call 845-863-1772. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is located at 200 Stony Brook Court #2 in Newburgh, New York.