LOSING WEIGHT IS JUST THE FIRST STEP TO A NEW BODY
Losing unwanted weight is just the first step toward finally achieving the body that you want. Once the excess fat is gone and you achieve your ideal size, you may still be left with loose skin or tissue. Body Contouring can add the finishing touch to your new body.
After significant weight loss, many people find their skin lacks the elasticity to tighten back up, leaving portions of hanging skin or tissue around the abdomen, arms and breasts. There are several different body contouring procedures offered by plastic surgeons which can help address these problem areas and improve contour, providing for a smoother more proportional shape.
The procedure(s) required vary from patient to patient. One or more of the following procedures are often used for body contouring depending on the patient’s specific goals.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
The majority of fat tends to accumulate near the abdomen and when lost, the leftover skin can often lack the elasticity to tighten up on its own. Since this is an issue with loose skin or tissue, it cannot be solved through diet or exercise. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)provides an answer to this problem by tightening skin and re-supporting the abdominal muscles.
Torsoplasty (Body Lift)
Sometimes with weight loss, there is buttock and lateral thigh laxity in addition to excess skin at the abdomen. Torsoplasty or body lift will remove this excess tissue.
Breast Lift and Male Breast Reduction
The breasts are another common problem area after major weight loss. Women may experience some sagging in their breasts after losing a large amount of weight. The breast lift is commonly performed procedure designed to return the breasts to a more youthful position. Loss of volume in the breasts can also be associated with weight loss and breastaugmentation may be performed with the breast lift.
Many men also face issues with the appearance of their chest. Excess fat or tissue may linger in the breasts resulting in a condition known as gynecomastia. Male breastreduction works to firm and flatten the chest to the pectoral contours.
While body contouring issues are common following weight loss surgery, they do not need to discourage you from achieving your goals. One or more procedures can help provide the look you want.