Being healthy is a lifestyle. Making a commitment to eat right, exercise, and take good care of yourself is hard work and requires sacrifice to yield reward. One of those sacrifices doesn’t have to be living with loose or flabby skin after you’ve lost a great deal of weight. When you lose 100 pounds or more, your body goes through some pretty dramatic changes, including losing tone and contour. Plastic surgery can give you a more defined and shapely body following a major weight loss so you can feel proud to show off your accomplishment.
How Surgery Can Help
When you are overweight, your skin stretches to accommodate the extra fat cell deposits. The more deposits under your skin, the further it has to stretch. This can sometimes lead to stretch marks, similar to what a woman acquires during pregnancy, or to loose, flabby skin. When the weight is lost and the fat deposits are burned or removed, the skin doesn’t always shrink to a smaller size. Instead, it will just hang loose on your frame. This is especially true if you lose the weight past your 30s and 40s because skin starts to lose its elasticity.
Since weight loss is a total body effect, you may find loose and hanging skin on all parts of your body, from your neck to your thighs. Thankfully, plastic surgery has the ability to remove excess tissue and tighten the remaining tissue on most any problem area. A skilled plastic surgeon can make your body contoured through one or multiple surgeries. Procedures like a brachioplasty, tummy tuck, neck lift, or breast lift will help your body look and feel the way it should after achieving such a great feat.
When to Consider Post Dramatic Weight Loss Surgery
If you have lost more than 100 pounds and have loose or sagging skin in multiple areas on your body, you may be wondering when would be a good time for a surgical solution. The most important requirement is that your weight has stabilized over a few months. Dramatic weight loss can take its toll on your body and it will need to be fully recovered before it can undergo major plastic surgery. When your weight has been fairly consistent over at least six months and you don’t have plans to lose more weight, you can start looking into have post-weight loss surgery. The goal is to allow your skin time to shrink naturally on its own for as much time as possible before removing any tissue.
To be a good candidate for surgery, you should also be in good health overall with no major medical issues, a nonsmoker, and a positive self-image. Surgery can’t solve all your problems and shouldn’t be used for such purposes. Your surgeon will make a determination of your eligibility during your consultation.
Things to Keep in Mind
Like losing the weight, post-weight loss surgery requires patience. You will not get the body you want right away and may not get it for several months to a couple years. Between your surgery sessions, your body needs to recover and stabilize again before the next one can commence. Just remember that it will all be worth it the first time you put on a pair of skinny jeans or a tank top and say, “YES!”
Another thing to remember is that all surgeries leave scars and plastic surgery is no exception. You will have scars from your procedures. The good news is that surgeons are able to conceal scars by making incisions in places that can be covered up by clothes or are in a less noticeable area.
Have a Free Consultation
If you have undergone a dramatic weight loss and would like to find out more about your options for surgery, contact our office in Naples, FL. We offer a free initial consultation with Dr. Andrea Basile, a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. We can be reached by phone at (239) 514-8777 or through our Patient Contact Page our site, BasilePlasticSurgery.com.