5 Surgeries to Consider After Massive Weight Loss
After working so hard to lose a significant amount of weight, many people are disappointed to find that they have loose skin or stubborn fat deposits that just won’t resolve with any amount of diet and exercise. This can disrupt the body shape they hoped to achieve and leave them feeling self-conscious. An experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Plant can help you achieve the body contour you’ve worked hard for and celebrate your healthy lifestyle. After massive weight loss, you may consider these five procedures.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is the most common procedure following a large weight loss. It is a good option for those who have loose excess skin, stubborn fat, or damaged and separated abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks tighten the abdominal muscles and remove loose skin through an incision made horizontally from hip to hip. Liposuction is also commonly used to remove excess fat from the area, creating a flatter stomach. Dr. Plant offers several advanced tummy tuck techniques, including drainless abdominoplasty, short-scar abdominoplasty, fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty and extended abdominoplasty.
Weight loss can cause the breasts to look “deflated,” and they may sag or droop. A breast lift serves to sculpt the breasts, creating a lifted, youthful appearance without changing the overall size of the breasts. On the other hand, breast implants can be used to restore lost volume in the breasts and create a symmetrical and proportionate look. Some patients may choose to have both a breast lift and implants to reach their goal results. Dr. Plant can recommend which option is best for you during a consultation.
After losing weight, it’s common to have loose skin on the upper arms or thighs, causing the appearance of “bat wings” or drooping and folds. An arm lift or thigh lift can help create a toned, smooth appearance by removing excess skin. In addition to tightening and removing excess skin, Dr. Plant may suggest liposuction to remove small deposits of stubborn, exercise-resistant fat from the arms or thighs to enhance the overall result
After losing weight, it’s common to have some areas of fat that just will not go away and disrupt the body contour that you want. Liposuction permanently removes fat to sculpt the body, creating a toned, slim look. Because liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, you should wait until you have reached your weight loss goals to pursue this body contouring option. Liposuction can be used in many areas of the body, including the abdomen, back, hips, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, or just below the chin.
Even in your younger years, you may see loose, sagging skin in the face after massive weight loss. A facelift can reduce excess skin and address the loss of volume in the face for a more youthful appearance. This is especially beneficial if you see wrinkles, folds, or jowls in the lower two-thirds of the face, or a lack of volume in the cheek area. In some cases, Dr. Plant may also recommend fat transfer or dermal fillers to restore lost volume in the face and create a youthful look.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Plant, call our Toronto office at (416) 907-4704 or contact us online.