Dramatic weight loss should be a rewarding experience. The long journey of hard work through diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery can be full of emotional highs and lows. The end goal is to feel healthy, happy, and full of vitality. So, if you have undergone a body transformation but are left with sagging skin, there are solutions to help tone and define the figure you worked so hard to achieve. Here is everything you need to know about plastic surgery after weight loss.
When to Consider Weight Loss Surgery
Sometimes, even though the goal weight has been reached, there are still areas of the body that need help, which diet and exercise can’t fix. Weight loss surgery is ideal for anyone who has excess skin on the stomach, arms, neck, and breast. There are various procedures available to help tighten and tone your body. A consultation with your doctor can help you determine the right treatment plan for you.
Am I the Right Candidate?
Diet and exercise need to be a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. Before you go under the knife, we recommend at least 6-12 months of stable eating and body maintenance before considering surgery. To get the most out of your procedure, you want to make sure your body weight has plateaued, and you don’t plan to lose or gain any more weight. This is important because sometimes problem areas can shift during the weight loss process. But, if you are maintaining stability, then you and your doctor can address your concerns to give you the optimal possible results.
Procedures to Consider
1. Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, reduces excess fat and skin from the waist, and in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles. A tummy tuck is beneficial for smoothing and firming your abdominal profile. During your procedure, an incision is made from hip to hip. The entire abdominal wall lifts, and the underlying muscles tightened. The skin is then pulled down and re-draped to produce a flatter belly and more defined waist.
2. Neck Lift
A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that reduces excess skin from the jawline and neck. The neck lift begins with a small incision under the chin and the ear. Your doctor will then manipulate your muscles to create a tighter contour. Once this is achieved, excess skin is removed and the skin is re-draped. It’s important to note, neck lift patients are given a supportive garment to wear around the jaw for at least a week after surgery to keep the new contours in place.
3. Breast lift
If you have experienced loss of volume in the upper portion of your breasts due to weight loss, you might consider a breast lift, also known as mastopexy. The procedure is performed by making an incision in the breast to tighten the skin and raise the height of the nipple. The surgical technique hides scarring around the nipple and on the bottom of the chest. The entire procedure lasts about two or three hours.
Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses suction to remove excess fat deposits between the skin and muscle. This technique works well on stubborn fat deposits that don’t respond to a strict diet or targeted exercise. This is an option to consider if you want to remove stubborn body fat and create a slimmer profile.