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Losing a lot of weight can be life-changing. It’s an incredible feeling to finally reach your goals, feel better about how you look, and feel great about the healthy changes you have made to your body. When you lose a lot of weight, there are a lot of benefits, but it doesn’t come without complications.
After Massive Weight Loss, your body may be hanging on to excess skin and fatty tissue that can linger. The skin and tissue typically lack the elasticity to conform and return to the reduced size of your body which can cause a lot of discomfort and affect your self-confidence.
Plastic surgery can help remove excess skin and tissue to improve the shape of the underlying tissue. Read on to learn more about the procedures that can address post-weight loss concerns and help you achieve a more toned and fit look to help boost your confidence and make you feel great in your own skin.
Panniculectomy or Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Panniculectomy or Abdominoplasty can address the sagging skin around your midsection. The combined procedure is more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty also addresses and repairs the muscles of the abdomen. Panniculectomy specifically removes the excess skin that may hang over the waist and thighs.
During the surgery, your plastic surgeon makes an incision above the pubic area and around the belly button. Any remaining fat can be elected to be removed by Liposuction. The underlying muscles in the abdomen are tightened, and excess skin is removed. An incision around the belly button will be made to reposition the navel to a more natural position after the skin is tightened.
Body Lifts (Arm Lift, Thigh Lift)
Body Lifts can help improve the shape of your arms and legs by removing the excess sagging skin remaining on the arms and thighs. A Thigh Lift removes the excess skin and fat from around the inner and outer thighs. Not all patients require both the inner and outer, and it just depends on where excess skin may be lingering.
A Brachioplasty is an Arm Lift surgery that removes the skin that hangs from the underarm from the elbow to the armpit. The procedure also contours and tightens the upper arm resulting in a slimmer, more toned appearance.
Breast Lifts or Implants
For many women, excess weight loss can leave them with breasts that sag and feel a little deflated. Breast Lift surgery can lift breasts to a higher position on the chest and improve their appearance by making them perkier. During the procedure, the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped. Any remaining fat or excess skin is removed and tightened around the breast. The nipple can be repositioned to create a more balanced and natural look.
During this procedure, many women will opt to enhance their breast size with breast implants, also known as Breast Augmentation. Although Breast Augmentation can enhance the size, your breast can become more contoured and toned even with a simple Breast Lift. The procedure gives a more natural look to the breasts and helps you feel great about how you look after your weight loss.
Neck Lift/Face Life
A Neck Lift and a Facelift can address the sagging skin that can remain after weight loss in the face or in the lower portion of your neck. The procedure removes the excess skin and tightens and reshapes the underlying muscle. The neck and face lift can reshape your face by giving you a more defined face and neckline.
When you lose weight, your face becomes thinner, and the skin begins to sag due to a loss of elasticity and collagen. That excess skin can lead to an increase in wrinkles and make you look older. Facial Rejuvenation can improve the appearance of your skin, reduce the signs of aging, and help you restore your confidence. There are several Facial Rejuvenation procedures that you can opt for to help, such as dermal fillers to replenish the volume that can be lost after weight loss.
How Soon Can You Have Plastic Surgery After Major Weight Loss?
Plastic surgery is a method of improving the appearance of your body and is not meant to be used in place of a healthy weight loss routine. Plastic surgery should be used to help remove the excess skin and tissue to enhance the shape and contour of your body. You can have plastic surgery when you are at or near your goal body weight and have been able to maintain the weight for at least three to six months.
Waiting until you have maintained your goal weight is essential to ensuring you don’t gain the weight back. If you opt for plastic surgery and gain the weight back, you risk losing the results and transformation that plastic surgery achieved. Staying consistent improves your chances of maintaining the results and reducing the risk of complication, leaving you with the look you’ve always wanted.
Plastic surgery can be a beneficial way to target problem areas after you have experienced major weight loss. A skilled plastic surgeon will meet with you for your consultation to learn about your goals and discuss the options that will best help you achieve the results you’d like.
Removing the excess skin and tissue and tightening and contouring the targeted areas of your body can help you look and feel your best after reaching your weight loss goals. By reshaping and contouring the body to its ideal proportions, you’ll be able to truly see the results of your weight loss transformation and be proud of the body you worked so hard to achieve.
Contact Dr. Ricardo Castrellón, an experienced Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in the South Florida area, to discuss your options for surgery after massive weight loss. Book your free virtual or in-person consultation in South Miami today.