The Best Way to Tighten Your Skin After Weight Loss
After losing weight it can be disappointing to find that you have loose, excess skin or stubborn areas of fat that distract from the results you have worked so hard to achieve. Not only can this excess skin be unsightly, but it can also cause issues with hygiene as bacteria and fungus can collect underneath causing itching, redness and sometimes a foul odour. A plastic surgeon can offer several surgeries to remove this excess skin or fat and create the body contour you want.
Before choosing to pursue a skin removal surgery, you should have already reached and remained at a healthy and stable weight for six months to a year. Future weight fluctuations could impact your results, so it is important to wait until your weight is stable before pursuing a surgery. You should also be in good overall health, including quitting smoking if you are a smoker. Finally, patients should have realistic expectations for their procedure and be comfortable with having visible scars since skin surgery is essentially trading excess skin you don’t like for a scar that you’ll dislike less. During a consultation, Dr. Plant will review the details of your procedure with you and evaluate your health to make sure that the surgery of your choice is a good option.
Loose skin is a common concern after losing a significant amount of weight. Numerous post-weight loss skin removal procedures or post-bariatric skin removal surgeries are available to reduce excess skin and tissues, creating a smooth, toned body contour that you can feel confident about. These options include:
· Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, which removes excess skin from the upper arms through an incision either in the armpit or along the underside of the arm.
· Thigh lift surgery, which removes skin and excess fat from the inner thighs. Scars are usually well-concealed in the groin or along inner thigh area.
· Lower Body Lift, or the traditional butt lift, which removes excess skin on the buttocks and outer thigh
· Circumferential Body Lift, or Belt Lipectomy, which combines a tummy tuck with a Lower Body Lift, which removes excess skin from the abdomen, flanks, butt and outer thighs.
Patients who lose a significant amount of weight are often good candidates for a tummy tuck. This procedure reduces excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightens the muscles for a flat and athletic look. Often, the abdominal muscles can become separated or damaged, so a tummy tuck is a good option to repair them. In some cases, patients may have excess skin but do not require a full tummy tuck. For these patients, a panniculectomy can remove the excess skin without tightening the muscles.
Some patients will not have excess skin after losing weight, but some areas of stubborn fat can still disrupt the body contour they have worked hard to achieve. Even at a healthy weight, body fat can remain in pockets despite exercise and a balanced diet. Liposuction can be used to remove fat from areas such as the abdomen, arms, thighs, sides, or back. Often, liposuction is also used to complement the results of another post-weight loss procedure, including an arm lift, thigh lift, or tummy tuck.