How to Enhance Your Weight Loss
Losing weight is not easy, especially considering our tendency toward hectic schedules, poor diets, and stress. With all of those factors working against us, any amount of weight loss is cause for celebration. While every individual has their own reasons for slimming down and toning up, the pride that comes with progressing toward a goal is something that everyone can share.
Unfortunately, while losing weight through diet, exercise, or even gastric bypass surgery allows some individuals to achieve the body they desire, weight loss alone is not always enough.
Stretched skin, loose muscles, and stubborn pockets of fat are typically difficult or impossible to remove and tend to stick around long after the initial weight has been lost. Cosmetic surgery may be the answer you have been looking for to help solve these types of concerns.
Plastic surgery is not weight-loss surgery—it is not designed to be that and couldn’t achieve that results even if it attempted to. What plastic surgery does offer, however, are the final brush strokes that can elevate your weight loss to show off all of your hard work.
Why Does Excess Skin Remain?
Stretched, sagging, or hanging skin is the most common reason for cosmetic body procedures. The presence of excess skin is due to a mixture of age, gravity, and lifestyle that leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in our skin and tissues.
Regardless of health or lifestyle, some extent of skin sagging is to be expected, even if excessive weight was never an issue. Unfortunately, the loosening of the skin tissue is rapidly increased when there are fluctuations in weight.
While skin stretches to accommodate a growing body, the loss of the collagen—which gives skin its strength and structure—and the weakening of the skin prohibits the skin from contracting when the weight is no longer there. No amount of exercise, lotions, or dieting will tighten significantly stretched skin. Surgery is your only option.
What Are Your Surgical Options?
The abdomen is a common area for both men and women to have excess skin after weight loss. Tummy tuck surgery can restore firmness to an aged and soft midsection. The incision is made across the abdomen from hip bone to hip bone, and the abdominal tissues are repaired while unwanted skin is trimmed away.
The treatment can be expanded by increasing the length of the incision to address more severe skin laxity around the body.
Women’s breasts are prone to changes. Pregnancy, aging, and gravity all cause the breasts to broaden and sag, and weight loss speeds up this process. A breast lift tightens glandular tissue, trims away excess skin, and repositions the nipples to restore a youthful appearance to the breasts.
Weight loss can leave your backside with a flattened and lackluster appearance. Buttock augmentation through butt implants or fat grafting returns a lifted, round, and firm appearance to your derrière.
While arm lift surgery or thigh lift surgery can be performed as standalone procedures to remove excess skin in their respective areas, they are commonly performed together alongside other body contouring procedures for major weight loss.
What About Excess Fat Pockets?
While excess skin is the most significant concern after weight loss, stubborn pockets of unwanted fat also exist. In these instances, liposuction can be utilized to remove localized fat that is resistant to diet and exercise, finally helping you finish the body transformation you have been working toward.