Hitting a significant weight loss milestone is a huge achievement and certainly something to be celebrated. Once at this point, however, many people feel that the next obstacle is dealing with excess loose skin that is now getting in the way of exercise, clothing choices and other aspects of daily life. That’s where plastic surgery after weight loss comes in to remove excess skin and contour your body to fine-tune your weight loss achievement.
What Is Body Contouring or Body Sculpting?
Body contouring procedures are aimed at tightening and removing loose skin, as well as removing small amounts of stubborn fat in virtually any area of the body, including the arms, waist, hips, thighs and face. After weight loss, body contouring and skin removal surgeries can help to enhance your results and achieve a slimmer, more toned-looking physique.
Types of Skin Removal Surgery after Weight Loss
There are several types of body contouring and skin removal surgery to choose from. Some of the most common include:
- Arm lift. An arm lift can tighten excess skin in the upper arm area, sometimes referred to as “bat wings.” People who have lost a lot of weight are often very self-conscious about loose skin and flab in this area, which is more often exposed in tank tops, short sleeve shirts, and dresses.
- Tummy tuck. Also called abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes and tightens loose skin in the abdominal area and can also repair separated muscle tissue. While many people think of a tummy tuck as a “fix” for the changes that happen during pregnancy, the reality is that loose abdominal muscles and skin sagging can easily occur in this area for both women and men who have lost significant weight.
- Mommy makeover. Mommy makeovers are customizable body contouring surgeries that can include a combination of procedures such as a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift or many others. We’ve helped many moms who have recommitted to health and fitness goals after starting a family.
- Facelift. A facelift can tighten and tone the mid- to lower-face, which can appear to age after significant weight loss due to loose skin. In particular, the jawline and neck area can be toned and tightened for better definition, and with minimal scarring.
Ready to start planning your post-weight loss plastic surgery? Call our office today at 805-484-2855 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kolder to discuss your goals and timeline.