Losing an extensive amount of weight is difficult, but such a rewarding accomplishment. If you have lost 50, 100, or more pounds through any method, you should feel proud of making the effort to achieve better health. The one side effect of losing massive amounts of weight that is not desirable for most people is stretched or sagging skin. If you have achieved your weight loss goal but feel embarrassed about your excess skin, you need to consider giving yourself the gift of body contouring.
Skin can shrink and rebound to an extent after weight loss – many women can achieve a firm tummy again after pregnancy, but that is not always the case, and massive weight loss has a much higher risk of sagging skin. Whether or not your skin will “spring back” after weight loss depends on many different factors. Your genetics, age, amount of weight lost, physical activity, and many elements can contribute to whether or not you will have sagging skin after weight loss.
Lift and Body Contouring for Bariatric Patients
Bariatric patients are amongst the most common people to seek body contouring and lift procedures. This is due to the amount of weight lost – most bariatric patients have a BMI of 35 or higher – and the quickness of shedding the pounds. Losing over 100 pounds in a year can leave the skin sagging from arms, breasts, abdomens, pubic regions, and thighs.
It can be disheartening to feel embarrassed about your skin after losing a significant amount of weight. The good news is that there are options to remove skin that is uncomfortable and unattractive, creating a firmer and more enticing body shape. Some of the most popular procedures after bariatric surgery or massive weight loss include the following surgeries we offer at Be That Beautiful.
The “tummy tuck” or abdominoplasty is one of the most requested body contouring procedures. It involves using an incision along the bikini line to remove excess skin and many patients also need muscle tightening or liposuction. The extent of abdominoplasty depends on the amount of skin and tissue that need to be removed. Some patients may require a complete body lift or panniculectomy versus a standard tummy tuck, which involves an incision that goes all the way around the bottom of the torso.
The upper arms are notorious for hanging skin after weight loss, especially for older women. An arm lift can remove the “bat wings” that keep women hiding their arms under longer-sleeved garments after massive weight loss.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Sagging breast skin is another complaint from both men and women after massive weight loss. A breast lift removes excess skin, and it can be used to reposition the breast material in a more attractive and youthful spot on the chest.
Thigh or Butt Lifts
Drooping skin around the butt and thighs can be embarrassing when wearing revealing clothing or swimsuits. A thigh or butt lift surgery can remove sagging skin and create a firmer lower part of the body.
If you have sagging skin or tissue after massive weight loss, come see us at Be That Beautiful Plastic Surgery. Call our office in Beverly Hills, CA to schedule a body contouring consultation.