Skin Removal After Weight Loss
Oct 22, 2012 @ 10:42 AM — by Dina Eliopoulos
More and more people are trying to lose weight. Not only is it helping them look their best, it's also allowing them to lead a much healthier lifestyle and prevent major health problems down the road. (Some common health conditions associated with obesity include heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and certain kinds of cancer.) After losing a lot of weight, people will notice that they have loose skin and sagging skin. This is actually a natural thing that occurs, and a reason that many people visit our Chelmsford plastic surgery office. We can help improve overall body contour through various skin tightening procedures.
Major Weight Loss and Body Contour
The reason that the body contour is changed has to do with the laxity of the skin. As a person gains weight, the skin stretches out in order to accommodate the added girth. When a person loses weight, the skin will shrink a bit, but only to a certain extent. The result is loose skin in various parts of the body.
Surgical Solutions for Loose Skin are Ideal
While there are some non-surgical treatments that can help tighten the skin and reduce stretch marks, only body contouring surgeries will be able to meet the needs of a person who has lost a lot of weight. In such cases, there is much more loose skin to deal with. That's why meeting with a plastic surgeon such as Chelmsford body contouring provider Dr. Dina Eliopoulos is so essential.
Below are some of the most popular options for skin removal after losing a lot of weight. Note that the procedures listed below also often involve liposuction, which helps remove any excess pockets of fat.
Addressing the Abdominal Area
One of the most common and popular options for body contouring is the tummy tuck. Also known as an abdominoplasty, a Chelmsford tummy tuck will involve incisions made around the lower abdominal area. Through these incisions, the surgeon will remove excess skin and tissue and revise underlying structures in order to improve overall figure.
Addressing the Upper Torso
The upper torso can also be affected by weight loss, especially the chest area. In order to improve the contour of the breasts, many women undergo breast reduction surgery or breast lift surgery, both of which help improve the perkiness of the breasts. For men, male breast reduction surgery is often used.
Addressing the Lower Body
Both the thighs and the buttocks can be adversely affected by major weight loss. That's why there are lifts that target the lower body. A buttock lift will help improve the firmness and shape of the backside, whereas the thigh lift will be able to address problems with the upper thighs, the outer thighs, and the inner thighs.
Addressing the Upper Arms
The shoulders and triceps can be flabby and droopy after losing a lot of weight. That's where an arm lift comes into play, part of our comprehensive body lift procedures. The arm lift will remove excess skin from the upper arm area in order to give patients the toned, trim arms that are well-sculpted and well-defined.
A Note About the Face and Skin Tightening/Removal
The face can be impacted by major weight loss just like any other part of the body, particularly the lower face. There are a number of facial rejuvenations surgeries that address the jowls, the chin area, and the neckline, all of which can improve overall facial contour and leave you looking trim, healthy, and youthful once more.
Learn More About Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
If you would like more information about body contouring and how our skilled team can help you, be sure to contact our Chelmsford, MA cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.