You’ve lost a significant amount of weight, either through bariatric surgery or extreme diet and exercise. You feel great and friends and family can’t stop telling you how terrific you look.
But, when you look in the mirror, you may see an image that does not quite fit what you were hoping to achieve. Baggy skin around the mid-face, jowls, and neck, saggy or flattened breasts, and excess skin in various areas of stomach and thighs can all result from dramatic weight loss.
After serious weight reduction, the skin and tissues of the body frequently lack the elasticity to conform to the smaller body size. This is where plastic surgery can be of enormous help.
Surgical body contouring will remove excess fat and skin and improve the shape of underlying support tissue.
One or more of the following procedures may be recommended by your plastic surgeon, based on how much weight you lost and on your particular needs.
Sagging of the mid-face, jowls, and neck due to major weight loss can be corrected with a facelift procedure. During a facelift your plastic surgeon will lift and tighten the skin and fat in the facial area. This will give the proper contours to the skin, giving your face a brighter and more youthful appearance.
Weight loss can leave you with breasts that are saggy, flatter and less shapely than before. When this has happened, the breast lift can be the answer.
Tummy Tuck / Belt Lipectomy
Any large amount of weight loss can leave you with an apron of excess skin, hanging down over the abdomen. A tummy tuck or belt lipectomy procedure is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the waist and tummy areas.
Lower Body Lifts
The entire lower body will be affected to some degree by dramatic weight loss. The sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs can all be corrected with the best plastic surgery techniques.
Medial Thigh Lift
Another area of the body that may become flabby after significant weight loss is the thigh. The inner, outer, or mid-thigh can all become affected. Special plastic surgery is available to remove this excess skin and fat, creating the proper contours for your new shape and size.
When a person gains weight, they gain it all over their bodies, not just one or two areas, such as the stomach or “love handles”. Frequently, in the case of dramatic reduction in size, the skin and other tissue in the arms does not have sufficient elasticity to conform to the new, smaller shape of the upper arm. With arm lift surgery, a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon can remove the excess skin and fat from the upper arm, giving it a tighter look.
After your surgery you will see a body shaped and contoured to fit your new weight and style.
To find out more about how plastic surgery can help with contouring your body to fit its new size and bring out all the beauty of your new shape, give us a call and schedule your consultation with Dr. Shah. He will go over the various procedures and recommend those that are right for you.