Losing weight is a tremendous accomplishment for any person! Now that you have reached your weight loss goals you will feel better about yourself and have more confidence. Unfortunately, losing a major amount of weight can also leave you with problem areas on different parts of the body. The weight loss can leave skin looking and feeling loose and saggy.
You may find that you don’t feel truly transformed until this excess skin is removed. This will improve your confidence even more and show off the body that you worked very hard to achieve. Three surgeries that can truly help improve your body after weight loss are liposuction, tummy tucks, and arm lifts.
Stubborn fat deposits can persist in different areas of the body after weight loss, despite our best attempts to get rid of them with diet and exercise. They can be a challenge to target, and often prove resistant to our efforts. This can be especially discouraging after successfully losing weight. Fortunately, liposuction can help to remove these stubborn fat deposits. Localized fat can be removed from the buttocks, hips, stomach, arms, neck, face, thighs, and love handles. These challenging areas will no longer be an issue. Instead, you will feel great and enjoy a smoother body contour.
Individuals who have lost weight but are bothered by stubborn areas of fat that still remain can be good candidates for liposuction. If you have reached your goal weight or are close to it and have great skin elasticity, you are a perfect candidate for this procedure. It is important that this procedure is done at the end of your weight loss goals. The patient should have realistic expectations of the procedure and have good health. Dr. Masri and his staff can ensure that you are a great candidate for the procedure and examine the problem areas that you may have during consultation.
Liposuction procedures involve small incisions which are made in the areas where the fat is to be removed from. A thin tube is then inserted into the incision and the fat is then suctioned and removed with a vacuum device. There are many different techniques that can be used for liposuction. The bleeding is often minimized by first injecting the area with a solution that minimizes pain and bleeding. The fat deposits may also be broken up with varying techniques prior to being removed which can help make the process easier. Dr. Masri can recommend the procedure and plan that will work best for your body.
After liposuction is completed, additional procedures may be necessary or desired that can assist in reducing any excess skin that is left behind. This is very common after a major weight loss. The loose skin can be tightened in a skin-reduction procedure such as a tummy tuck or arm lift. Many times, fat transfers can also help plump areas of the body that have indentations or wrinkles to restore a smooth shape or create a more youthful appearance.
Tummy tucks are a great option to help you smooth and contour your abdomen. Extra fat and skin in the midsection can easily be removed with this procedure. This is something that can be almost impossible to naturally achieve, especially following pregnancy or weight loss. The abdominal can remain saggy after a dramatic weight loss and does not truly reflect the amount of work it took to lose the weight. This, of course, can be disappointing, but the saggy skin in this area can be removed with abdominoplasty.
A tummy tuck allows excess skin to be removed from the abdominal area. It can tighten abdominal muscles that have weakened or separated to restore a tighter, more toned abdomen. A small to moderate amount of skin in the abdominal area is necessary to have the procedure performed. A stable weight or goal weight should be reached at the time it is decided to undergo this procedure. Dr. Masri can help determine if you are a candidate for surgery and if you are better served with a mini or full tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck can be performed either under general or local anesthesia with a sedative. The sedative is important to keep you relaxed and still during the operation. Those who have a large amount of excess skin may opt for a full tummy tuck because this technique allows for a large amount of skin to be removed. This is different from a mini tummy tuck because an additional incision will be made near the belly button area in order to relocate the belly button. The tummy tuck will begin by making an incision above the pubic bone that runs across the hips. This allows fat and skin to be removed below the naval. If a mini tummy tuck is desired, this will be the end of the procedure and the incision will be closed. A full tummy tuck will involve the additional incision to be made at this point. The skin is lifted and the muscles will be repaired if needed. The excess skin will then be removed and the remaining skin that is left will be pulled tight and sutured in place. There is not a specific amount of time that this procedure will take, but it is typically two to five hours long.
The results of the surgery can be difficult to see because of swelling after surgery. The core area of the body will need to heal and within two weeks standing should not be difficult. The sutures are usually removed after one week.
If your extra skin is in your arms rather than your abdominal area, do not worry: an arm lift may be right for you. Arm lifts are also referred to as brachioplasty. These lifts can reshape the underside of the upper arm between the elbow and underarm. Here, many individuals experience excess saggy, skin. With surgery, the fat deposits in this area can be removed and the skin can be made tight and smooth again. Prior to an arm lift procedure, a form of liposuction is recommended. Typically, SmartLipo is a great option that can remove the fat. This procedure is similar to traditional liposuction but utilizes a laser for a less invasive procedure with less recovery time. An incision will be made in the back of the upper arm. The length will be dependent on the amount of skin that is removed. The more skin that is being removed, the bigger the incision will need to be. Once the incision is made, the excess skin and fat are removed and the remaining skin is re-draped. The new contour that is produced by Dr. Masri and his staff will provide you with a smooth and natural arm. The arm will not be back to normal for a few weeks, but will create an immense impact in the end result.
You deserve a new you after your hard work on the track to weight loss. Once you have achieved your desired weight, that excess skin and stubborn fat can be removed to complete the final step. The Masri Clinic can help you develop a plan that fits your goals and needs. Dr. Masri can help you today, just contact him at 866-487-3223 for your new look.