You Lost A Significant Amount Of Weight, Now What? Understanding Your Body Contouring Options
Losing a significant amount of excess weight is a huge accomplishment you have to work hard for. But once you’ve put in the work and achieved your goal, you may feel your body needs a little extra fine-tuning. Many people who have lost a significant amount of weight choose to have surgery to help them achieve their post weight loss body goals. Body contouring refers to several different cosmetic procedures that can improve the body’s shape and contour, tighten excess or loose skin, and enhance the body’s overall appearance. If you have lost a significant amount of weight and are now considering body contouring procedures, here is what you should know:
Why Body Contouring Procedures Are Important After Significant Weight Loss
After someone loses a significant amount of weight, often 50 – 100 pounds or more, it is common for excess and loose skin to be left around the abdomen, buttocks, arms, thighs, breasts, and face. This excess skin is often diet and exercise resistant – causing even further frustration for the weight loss patient. Excess and loose skin caused by rapid massive weight loss can cause issues with self-confidence and self-image along with other physical health issues. Research has shown that post-bariatric surgery patients who also choose to have body contouring surgery sustain an improved quality of life and better long-term weight control post surgery.
What Types Of Procedures Are Available After Significant Weight Loss?
The types of procedures included in body contouring surgery after significant weight loss are unique to the patient and the goals they want to achieve. A few of the most common body contouring procedures done after significant weight loss include:
- Tummy tuck – removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and repairs abdominal muscles
- Thigh lift – removes excess skin and fat from the upper, inner thighs
- Arm lift – removes excess skin and fat to correct sagging or hanging skin in the upper arms
- Lower body lift – combined procedures remove excess skin and tightens tissues on the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs
- Breast lift – removes excess skin and reshapes and lifts the breasts
- Facelift – removes excess skin and fat tissue around the jawline and tightens facial muscles
It is important to keep in mind that you may need multiple procedures to achieve your goals and we can’t perform some procedures at the same time. A board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Rieger can help you determine which procedures are best for your needs and goals.
Am I A Good Candidate For Post Weight Loss Body Contouring Surgery?
A good candidate for body contouring surgery must stabilize their weight before they can consider additional surgery. For patients who have undergone bariatric surgery, this is often a minimum of a year or more after their surgery. It is important for the body contouring patient to have attained their goal weight and plan to maintain that weight long-term to minimize the risk of complications. A good candidate should also be a non-smoker who is in overall good physical health. Body contouring surgery patients should also have realistic and reasonable expectations for the results they desire.
Tampa’s Best Plastic Surgeon Helps Patients Attain Their Post Weight Loss Body Goals
If you have lost a significant amount of weight and are now considering body contouring procedures, contact Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center to schedule body contouring consultation today. Dr. Rieger is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Rieger will discuss your body contouring options with you and help you determine which procedures are right for you. You can call us at (813) 254-7600 or contact us online. We look forward to helping you complete your weight loss journey and attain the results you desire!