Plastic Surgery and Body Contouring Surgery After Major Weight Loss
By Sheryl Pilcher on June 25, 2014
More and more people are taking weight loss seriously these days. It makes sense given all of the health problems that are associated with obesity and morbid obesity, and how these can be prevented thanks to achieving a more ideal body weight.
After losing a substantial amount of weight, however, many people notice issues with their overall body image, including sagging dropping, loose skin, and stretch marks. Visiting a plastic surgeon is a sure way to address these aesthetic flaws that affect the skin.
Skin Laxity Issues After Major Weight Loss
The reason that these skin laxity problems occur is related to the basic nature of the skin. When patients gain weight, the skin can stretch out as needed to accommodate the additional body mass. When the body mass is lost, the skin will shrink back around the slimmer frame only so much.
The sure way to reduce the appearance of loose skin and eliminate stretch marks is undergoing body contouring procedures that are specially designed to tighten the skin. Let's go over these various options right now.
Body Contouring for the Abdominal Area
Following major weight loss, one of the most common surgeries performed is the tummy tuck. The tummy tuck removes loose skin from the lower abdominal region in order to improve body contour.
For major skin tightening needs following severe weight loss, the best option to consider is an extended tummy tuck, which can extend around the love handles and sides.
Body Contouring for the Torso
The chest area can go through a number of major changes following major weight loss. This is where a breast lift surgery, breast reduction surgery, or a male breast reduction can prove helpful. Each of these surgeries removes loose skin so that the overall appearance of the patient is great overall.
Body Contouring for the Extremities
Many people don't consider this, but the arms and legs can both be adversely affected by major weight loss. In order to deal with these issues of skin laxity, the best options are the arm lift (which targets the triceps and shoulder) and the thigh lift. These can make a major impact on your appearance when combined with revisions to your trunk/torso.
Body Contouring for the Face
The jowls and neckline tend to be most affected by major weight loss, which is why it's so important to consider facial plastic surgery following major weight loss to revise these parts of the face. In such cases, a neck lift and a lower facelift would be most ideal for facial contouring in these problem areas.
Total Body Lift Surgery and How It May Benefit You
A number of patients who lose a lot of weight often ask about total body lift procedures. This kind of after weight loss cosmetic surgery and body contouring combines multiple procedures, targeting all areas of the body as needed. Each total body lift will be customized to the needs of the patient and discussed in much greater detail during your consultation with Dr. Pilcher.
Learn More About About Body Contouring Surgery
If you would like to learn more about body sculpting after major weight loss, be sure to contact our San Antonio cosmetic plastic surgery center today. During your consultation with Dr. Sheryl Pilcher, you will be able to receive all the information that you need to make smart, well-informed decisions about your body lift and contouring needs.
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