Cosmetic Procedures to Consider After a Large Weight Loss
April 2nd, 2018 | Posted in: Body Contouring, Body Sculpting, Breast Lift, Cosmetic Surgery, Liposuction, Plastic Surgery, Tummy Tuck | Tags: arm, body lift, breast lift, cosmetic, liposuction, procedures, sculpting, thigh, Tummy Tuck, weight loss
You’ve done it! You’ve lost a large amount of weight, either through bariatric surgery or your own diet and exercise routine. The problem is, now you are left with sagging, overhanging skin and fat on all over your body that gets in the way of dressing, exercising, and just plain living. What do you do?
There are plastic surgeries to consider after a large weight loss which will get rid of the excess skin and fat. Benefits of opting for cosmetic assistance with your weight loss include:
• Further shaping your physique to better fit your wardrobe.
• Get rid of overhanging skin that may cause chafing, rashes, and infection.
• Improves your overall look and self-esteem.
Are You a Good Candidate for Plastic Surgery After a Large Weight Loss?
Here are some of the characteristics that make you a good candidate:
• You have maintained your current weight for at least six months, and do not expect to lose or gain any more weight.
• Your overall health is strong; you don’t have any chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.
• You maintain a healthy diet.
• You don’t smoke.
• You have mental stamina.
• You have realistic expectations.
How Plastic Surgery After a Large Weight Loss is Performed
There are a variety of options available to you. Discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon to see which are a good fit. Sometimes, multiple surgeries can be performed on the same day. At other times, a staggered approach is recommended. Each procedure impacts the outcome of the next; therefore, careful surgical planning is required.
Overview of Surgeries to Consider After a Large Weight Loss
This procedure removes the hanging apron of skin below the belly button, which sometimes can reach as low as the patient’s knees. After this surgery, you will have fewer skin problems but see little improvement in your belly contour.
Lower body lift – also known as belt lipectomy
This procedure tightens the abdomen, waist, hips, thighs and buttocks through an incision made around the circumference of the body.
Tummy tuck – also known as abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat, tightens slack fascia (bands or sheets of connective tissue that stabilize the muscle), and removes stretch marks in the lower abdomen below the belly button.
Liposuction – also known as lipoplasty
Liposuction can improve the contour of your flanks, hips, chest, thighs, neck, upper arms and knees. During the procedure, a thin, hollow rod (cannula) is inserted through small incisions to create tunnels through the fat. The fat is sucked into the cannula and out a high-vacuum hose. It is frequently used in conjunction with other body contouring procedures following a large weight loss.
Breast lift – also known as mastopexy
A breast lift treats sagging and uneven breasts, decreased breast volume, drooping nipples, and stretched areolas. Women who desire larger breasts may want a breast augmentation along with the breast lift; those who want smaller breasts may opt for a breast reduction with their breast lift.
Upper arm lift – also known as brachioplasty
After a large weight loss, or even with the normal aging process, the skin of the upper arms can become loose and flabby. This is the condition sometimes comically referred to as “Bingo Wings.” An arm lift removes excess skin and fat deposits, restoring the youthful contour of the upper arm.
Thigh lift – also known as thighplasty
This procedure removes extra skin and fat to give you tightened, toned and better-proportioned thighs. Thigh lifts can also be performed in combination with liposuction of the thigh and lower body lift for maximal results.
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery
Dr. Chiu looks forward to discussing the body contouring options available to you and answering any questions you may have about the procedures. After a major weight loss, contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. at (310) 736-6810 to schedule a consultation. We are happy to offer a variety of financing options upon approved credit.