Reaching a weight loss goal can be a significant achievement, improving health and appearance.
But after losing the excess weight, some people find that they now have excess skin or that it has lost its elasticity and didn’t snap back into shape. Others realize they have some stubborn areas they would like to improve.
To improve body shape and remove excess skin, body contouring procedures can be the answer. Some of the more popular options, include:
- Tummy tucks, which can remove excess abdominal skin and repair overstretched belly muscles.
- Breast lifts, which can raise the bust line while improving breast appearance.
- Thigh lifts, which address sagging and excess skin on the upper and inner leg.
- Arm lifts, which address sagging and excess skin on the upper arm.
- Facelifts, which can help with sagging in the mid-face, jowls and neck, resulting from age or weight loss.
- And lower body lifts, which remove excess skin, while lifting sagging buttocks, thighs and belly areas.
If those are body areas that you would like to shape through contouring, there are some questions to consider.
First, can you maintain a stable weight? Significant weight fluctuations can negatively affect outcome and increase the risk of complications. Ideal candidates should be near their target weight before considering body shaping.
Second, are you in good health? Acclimating after bariatric surgery and maintaining healthy eating habits after weight loss are important steps toward a healthy body prior to body shaping to reduce risks and improve outcome.
Third, are your goals realistic? Remember that body contouring procedures can remove excess skin, while liposuction can address small areas of stubborn fat. But there are limitations on how far this can go. Every patient heals differently and with varying results.
If you think body contouring is for you the next step is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon and see what shaping options might be right for you.