Your Guide to Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss
December 28, 2018
It takes a great deal of effort and motivation to lose weight, especially when you are working to shed a significant amount. Once you reach your goal, you should feel proud of your achievement. But you may also be frustrated by the appearance of loose and excess skin, which often accompany rapid weight loss.
In many cases, surgical intervention is the most effective way to eliminate hanging skin and help patients look and feel comfortable in their bodies.
So, is a face or body lift right for you? Keep reading for a complete guide to plastic surgery after weight loss, including six treatment options.
An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that is common after pregnancy and significant weight loss. It can be used to treat the entire abdominal area or just the portion below the belly button.
During the treatment, loose skin is excised and weak or damaged abdominal muscles are repaired. The end result is a slimmer, flatter abdomen and improved core strength.
A rapid weight reduction may result in loose, hanging skin on the inner thighs that creates friction with movement. This can cause irritation and make physical activity uncomfortable, to the extent that it limits mobility.
For these reasons, many patients decide to undergo a thigh lift, which removes excess skin and tissue from the inner thighs.
Lower Body Lift
Depending on their needs and goals, some patients benefit from a surgical plan that combines several procedures. A lower body lift typically involves an abdominoplasty, thigh lift, and butt lift to address skin laxity in areas that are more susceptible to sagging and drooping.
Upper Body Lift
An upper body lift is less common than a lower body lift, and it targets loose skin on the breasts, torso, bra line, back, and upper abdomen.
Despite consistent strength training, many women and men are left with flaps of sagging skin on their upper arms. An arm lift removes excess skin and tightens tissue to combat these so-called bat wings and sculpt arms.
Face and Neck Lift
The body is not the only area that experiences skin laxity following a dramatic slimdown. In fact, patients often seek plastic surgery after weight loss to rejuvenate their drooping faces and necks.
Accordingly, a face and neck lift improves sagging in the midface, jawline, and jowls and repositions skin for a more youthful facial appearance.
If you are considering plastic surgery after weight loss, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Navin Singh.
He is a board-certified plastic surgeon and will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that best meets your needs and goals.