If you have been able to lose a significant amount of weight, congratulations! You have achieved something that many people hope to accomplish. The reason why it’s such a big deal and worthy of celebrating is because losing a lot of weight can prolong your life and drastically change your lifestyle. There’s likely a lot of things that you were not previously able to do that are now second nature. Major weight loss can be an exciting experience. But there are still some concerns that people face when they lose a lot of weight. Mainly, that there can be loose, sagging skin that is impossible to tone. At K Plastic Surgery we offer many body contouring procedures to address this concern for our patients.
If your weight loss journey has left you with sagging skin, that’s something that can be addressed through body contouring. This is usually necessary for specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, arms, and thighs. The goal is often to eliminate any issues that would prevent you from truly feeling your best, especially if there is a lot of excess skin that has caused folds.
Getting rid of sagging skin isn’t just about looking good, it’s also about preventing any health issues because this problem can sometimes result in the development of rashes. There’s also a chance of infection if you are unable to properly clean skin that’s hard to reach or that’s constantly trapping sweat. The bottom line is that an excessive amount of skin is an issue that can and should be resolved.
When you have lost a massive amount of weight, you might require a panniculectomy, which is removal of skin that hangs around the stomach area. There’s also a good chance that a brachioplasty is needed to eliminate excessive skin that hangs from the upper arms. Other popular body contouring procedures include a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and thigh lift. A consultation with a surgeon is required to determine what’s needed to achieve your desired aesthetic. The above referenced procedures are typically performed as an outpatient. Body contouring procedures are sometimes performed one at a time because it might be safer, especially when a lot of weight has been lost. How many sessions are needed will depend on each individual patient, the procedures required, and the medical history of the patient. The priority is always the safety of the patient. Although it’s not always the case, sometimes achieving the best possible results will take more than one session.
Whether or not you’re a good candidate for body contouring after losing a massive amount of weight will depend on how much you have loss and how much you still have to lose. If you are still on your weight loss journey, there’s a chance that you will not be considered a good candidate until you have gotten closer to your weight loss goal. You will also have to demonstrate a commitment to living a healthy lifestyle and following nutritional guidelines. If you have had bariatric surgery or some other weight loss procedure, you’ll need to wait months, possibly even a year, before having body contouring surgery. In fact, the same applies for many cosmetic procedures because a sufficient amount of time must pass to ensure there are no lingering health issues associated with obesity.
Dr. Sanjiv Kayastha is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with a commitment to achieving results that are natural and beautiful. During your consultation Dr. Kayastha can answer any questions or concerns that you might have about body contouring after weight loss.