Dramatic weight loss can be just that… dramatic. Losing a substantial amount of weight can be incredibly satisfying for an individual, but sometimes there are also some unwanted side effects. After losing a significant amount of weight, whether through diet and exercise or weight loss surgery, the skin is often left saggy and droopy. Skin has elastic properties which do not always allow it to simply snap back. After months or years of hard work to lose the weight, the remaining skin that is left behind can be heavy and troublesome. After the efforts that were put in to lose the weight, the ideal body image still may not be a reality.
Fortunately, plastic surgery can help. Many people choose to have the skin removed after significant weight loss so that their image reflects the hard work and efforts that they took to get to that point in their life. Many individuals who experience this dramatic weight loss are changed emotionally and physically at the same time. Body contouring is a very big step after dramatic weight loss and can produce amazing results for individuals.
The Thigh Lift
Thigh lift surgery is a type of body contouring surgery which reduces the amount of excess skin in the thigh area and, in many cases, will also remove extra fat. It will result in a smooth surface with improved contour and shape to the lower body. Excess skin located on the inner and outer areas of the thigh will be removed and tightened. Thigh lift surgery does not specifically remove extra fat in this area, but some fat may be removed as the skin is being removed. If the patient wants fat deposits removed from this area, the better option for this procedure is liposuction. Liposuction can be used when the skin still has elasticity and can change on its own to the new contours and lines of the body. If the skin is not elastic, a lift and liposuction may be the best combination for the patient.
The Arm Lift
Arm lift surgery is also referred to as brachioplasty. This surgery can reduce the drooping and sagging skin that hangs down from the arm. The underlying tissues that define the shape and support of the upper arm are tightened and smoothed to give a firmer appearance. Many individuals have pockets of fat that are located in their upper arms, and the lift can reduce the fat deposit . Correcting the saggy appearance of the arms cannot always be achieved with diet and exercise. Arm lift surgery is a good option for those seeker a firmer appearance to the arms.
The Tummy Tuck
One of the most common surgeries requested after dramatic weigh loss is a tummy tuck. This surgery is also referred to as abdominoplasty. This surgery removes the extra fat and skin in the abdominal area. Muscles that have become weak or separated can be repaired and appear smooth and firm after this surgery. The abdominal area of the body can often become loose with saggy skin, even when normal body weights exist. This can become even more of a problem with individuals who are overweight. A tummy tuck is not a good substitute for weight loss and should be completed once a desired goal weight has been achieved. The results of a tummy tuck are permanent and can be affected by changing weight. It is recommended that women who plan to become pregnant postpone tummy tucks until after they have finished conceiving children. For women who have had children, or for those who have obtained significant stretch marks, the tummy tuck will not necessarily eliminate them but could improve the area if located where the excess skin will be removed.
There are several surgeries that one may consider after dramatic weight loss to address excess or sagging skin. The thigh, arm, and tummy lifts are common procedures that patients often seek. A qualified plastic surgeon can recommend the best option or combination of options for the individual patients. To learn more about body contouring and other procedures, contact Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery at (866) 487-3223.