Procedures to Treat Yourself with after Weight Loss
By Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists, on May 13, 2022
When you lose a significant amount of weight, you may find that your body does not look quite as toned as you had envisioned it would. The scale shows a lower number, but your body may have a lot of loose skin that ruins your contours. This occurs because when you had more weight on your body, your skin stretched to accommodate your larger frame. When the weight came off, the skin did not retract to match your body’s smaller size.
Unfortunately, excess skin cannot be improved with diet and exercise. Your best option for addressing hanging skin is with plastic surgery. Here, the team at Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists describe some of the procedures they offer to improve your body contours after weight loss.
The stomach is one area where skin is especially prone to stretching. Even once you have trimmed down, it can still appear as though you have a pooch due to the excess skin. The best way to flatten it is with a tummy tuck, which removes the loose skin and tightens the remaining skin for a firmer appearance.
Because fat often clings to the thighs, after losing weight you are likely to find lingering fat deposits and loose skin above the knee. What’s more, this loose skin is liable to cause chafing and make walking more difficult and less comfortable. This procedure can improve the contours of the thighs to give you the confidence to wear shorts once again.
Meanwhile, if you have loose skin in multiple areas, you may benefit from a more all-encompassing procedure like body lift. It is a customized surgical plan that usually focuses on the stomach and back, while also incorporating skin excision on the waist, thighs, hips and buttocks (as necessary). The idea is to trim down the base of your body to achieve a uniformly toned appearance. Please discuss all the areas you would like to remove skin during a consultation so you and your surgeon can determine if body lift is the correct approach.
While many people mistakenly believe liposuction to be a weight-loss surgery, it is not. Instead, it is intended to address stubborn pockets of fat that can interfere with attaining attractive body contours. Once you have done the hard work to get close to your goal weight, you may find that those last pounds do not respond to diet and exercise. In this situation, liposuction is a great surgery to help finish the job.
Liposuction suctions out fat cells from the target area, removing them permanently. So long as you maintain your weight moving forward, the contours achieved with this procedure can last indefinitely.
Discuss Body Contouring Procedures with Top Surgeons
It can be frustrating to put in the work to slim down and tone up your body, only to find the results fall short. Plastic surgery is that final step in achieving your desired body shape. To meet with the top plastic surgeons in Atlanta, please call our Northside office at (404) 255-2975 or Piedmont West office at (404) 343-0897.