SkinTight: Body Contouring Surgery After Weight Loss
Surgical body contouring is the common cosmetic procedure requiring the permanent removal of excess, unsightly sagging skin and superficial fatty tissue following dramatic, rapid weight loss, most often as a result of a bariatric (weight loss) surgical procedure. Not only does body contouring help streamline contours and curves proportionate to one’s newly attained body size, the cosmetic procedure also improves the shape and the skin’s underlying support system (elastin) to help achieve a more firm, youthful-looking appearance. Unfortunately, a substantial reduction in weight loss, in any form, often leads to the loss of skin elasticity and vitality, and its inherent ability to support and sustain the reduced body size.
Your Right to Bare Arms, Legs, and Anything Between
Body contouring surgery often includes lifting/removing excess skin from the areas of: the upper arms, tummy, hips, inner/outer thighs, face, (jowls and chin), breasts, buttocks, and groin. A complete lower body lift treats sagging, hanging, or cellulitic skin from the buttocks, tummy, waist/hips, and outer thighs. Initial surgical implementation consists of temporarily inserting small, thin tubes beneath skin surface to help drain excess blood or fluid that may be inclined to collect. Often, extensively large, strategically placed incisions of varying patterns are made to successfully rid the body of excess skin and fatty deposits. More often than not, body contouring procedures require the work to be performed in stages to achieve the desired look that is proportionate and aesthetically symmetrical to the body’s newly attained size. While most surgeons try to make incisions whose subsequent scars can be hidden with clothing, this may not be the case.
Your body contouring goals, along with your surgeon’s best cosmetic judgment, will ultimately determine and define your plan of attack. And, while it most likely took you two or more years to lose the weight, it will take equally the amount of time to achieve your desired, sculpting effects. Those best suited for body contouring are non-smokers, universally healthy individuals who have reached a realistic and easily sustainable weight goal, who are dedicated to achieving optimal health, wellness, and fitness, and who don’t possess pre-existing medical conditions or substance addictions.
Curves Ahead: Results, Recovery, Risks
Post-procedure protocol limits strenuous activity, including moderate to high intensity exercising, bending, and lifting. Often, the surgery is performed on an out-patient basis, so it is highly suggested you have someone drive you to and from your procedures. It should also be noted, that one should have a reasonable and realistic expectation of the desired outcome of their body contouring undertaking. Glossy magazine covers flaunting unattainable airbrushed images of flawless figures, perfectly perky breasts, tight and toned tummies, streamlined, sculpted thighs, tank top-tempting arms, and “too-good-to-be-true” bikini-ready butts should be detached from personal expectations, as there will undoubtedly be subsequent scarring from your body contouring surgery. Also, every one is different and each surgery is unlike another. It is imperative to keep your body goals in perspective to ensure your body contouring experience is pleasing and gratifying to YOUR eye.
While your body contouring procedures should remain pretty much permanent, you should expect that the body’s firmness and elasticity naturally diminishes with age. Committing to a healthy, vigorous lifestyle consisting of regular diet and exercise, without compromising emotional and mental health over obsessive-compulsive body image issues, will ensure your body’s newly streamlined contours will remain intact, while leading a productively healthy and happy life.
Choosing the Best Plastic Surgeon
If you are considering undergoing body contouring, then you should first consult with a qualified plastic surgeon. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Chiu and Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery today, so that he can help you make the right choice when it comes to your plastic surgery needs.