The Best Way to Tighten Your Skin After Weight Loss
After losing weight, it can be disappointing to find that you have loose, excess skin or stubborn areas of fat that distract from the results you have worked so hard to achieve. Not only can this excess skin be unsightly, but it can also cause issues with hygiene as bacteria and fungus can collect underneath causing itching, redness, and sometimes a foul odor. A plastic surgeon can offer several surgeries to remove this excess skin or fat and create the body contour you want.
Loose skin is a common concern after losing a significant amount of weight. Numerous post-weight loss skin removal procedures or post-bariatric skin removal surgeries are available to reduce excess skin and tissues, creating a smooth, toned body contour that you can feel confident about. These options include:
· Arm lift surgery, or Brachioplasty, which removes excess skin from the upper arms through an incision either in the armpit or along the underside of the arm.
· Thigh lift surgery, which removes skin and excess fat from the inner thighs. Scars are usually well-concealed in the groin or along the inner thigh area.
· Lower Body Lift, or the traditional butt lift, which removes excess skin on the buttocks and outer thigh
· Circumferential Body Lift, or Belt Lipectomy, which combines a tummy tuck with a Lower Body Lift, which removes excess skin from the abdomen, flanks, butt, and outer thighs.
In addition to these common procedures, some patients may also choose a breast lift or facelift to maintain a youthful look and address volume loss that can commonly occur in these areas.
Patients who lose a significant amount of weight are often good candidates for a tummy tuck. This procedure reduces excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightens the muscles for a flat and athletic look. Often, the abdominal muscles can become separated or damaged, so a tummy tuck is a good option to repair them. In some cases, patients may have excess skin but do not require a full tummy tuck. For these patients, a panniculectomy can remove the excess skin without tightening the muscles.
Some patients will not have excess skin after losing weight, but some areas of stubborn fat can still disrupt the body contour they have worked hard to achieve. Even at a healthy weight, body fat can remain in pockets despite exercise and a balanced diet. Liposuction can be used to remove fat from areas such as the abdomen, arms, thighs, sides, or back. Often, liposuction is also used to complement the results of another post-weight loss procedure, including an arm lift, thigh lift, or tummy tuck.
Contact me today to schedule a consultation to find out which procedures are right for your specific areas of concern.