However you get there — bariatric surgery, diet and exercise, or both — a significant weight loss is an accomplishment worth celebrating. But for some, lingering loose skin can mar their results and conceal the new bodies they’ve worked hard to get. This lax skin doesn’t respond to topical products or extra workouts. Instead, the best option is surgical removal.
At my Albany plastic surgery practice, I find post-weight-loss surgery cases to be among the most satisfying for me professionally. Seeing my patients finally get the bodies they’ve spent years working toward reminds me just how life-changing plastic surgery can be.
But what can post weight-loss surgery really do? Let’s take a look at some of the most common treatment areas.
Women who have had children and breastfed know that the breasts often have a tough time “bouncing back” after a change in volume. Weight loss has a similar effect. Because the breasts are made from mostly fat, significant weight loss — especially if it’s rapid — can leave them looking “deflated.”
A breast lift is a great way to correct for volume loss, especially if the patient is generally happy with the size of her breasts. A surgical lift repositions the breasts to sit higher on the body, with the nipples also repositioned to point forward if they’ve begun to point down. If the decrease in the size of the breasts is a concern, a breast augmentation can be combined with a lift to create a full, voluptuous appearance.
A tummy tuck is one of the most popular post-weight-loss procedures because the abdomen is universally a target area for improvement. Excess skin removal is one of the hallmarks of a tummy tuck, but there’s more to it: During the procedure, I also tighten the abdominal muscles and improve the look of the navel.
Arms & Legs
After a major weight loss, the limbs may need help, too. Extra skin on the upper arms can create a “waddle,” while excess skin on the thighs can cause physical discomfort — and, in severe cases, it can even inhibit mobility. An arm lift and thigh lift, respectively, are the best approach for these conditions. Both procedures remove excess skin while lifting and tightening the remaining tissue, creating a taut, smooth profile that looks well proportioned and feels amazing.
In order to reap the benefits of any post-weight-loss procedure, stability is key. If you’ve undergone bariatric surgery, it’s important to follow the guidelines your doctor put forth to keep you healthy and maintain your weight. If your weight loss was of the “old fashioned” variety, then keeping up with your diet and exercise routine is paramount. If you’re still considering whether you’re ready to put the finishing touch on your weight loss with body contouring surgery, this previous blog post might help you think about timing. You can also take a look at before-and-after photos of some of my past patients to get a true sense of your potential results.