Losing a large amount of weight, either through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, is an accomplishment that should be celebrated. Unfortunately for many people, massive weight loss comes with a drawback: excess, loose skin that does not conform to the body’s smaller size. If you have recently lost a large amount of weight, you may find yourself hiding folds of hanging skin under sweaters or long-sleeved shirts. In addition, exercise may be uncomfortable as loose skin is heavy and even painful to move.
Mr Miles Banwell believes every weight loss patient deserves to look and feel their best, and is skilled in several body contouring procedures that aim to sculpt and tone the body. By removing loose, excess skin, Mr Banwell can help you love and appreciate your post-weight loss body to the fullest.
What Can Body Contouring Achieve?
Body contouring refers to a group of plastic surgery procedures that focus on removing loose folds of skin on various parts of the body. Because no two weight loss patients are the same, body contouring is an individualized treatment that can include one, two or several procedures, as follows.
For patients struggling with hanging skin on the upper arms, Mr Banwell may recommend arm lift. This procedure reshapes the underlying tissues to achieve a firmer and better-sculpted arm contour. During the procedure, Mr Banwell will make an incision on the inside or back of the arm. The size of the incision will depend on the degree of correction needed. Skin removal is combined with liposuction techniques, which ensure essential deeper structures are preserved while reducing overall volume. The result is a firmer and flatter arm shape.
Flabby abdominal skin can be excised with tummy tuck. Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck eliminates the loose skin and removes fatty deposits in order to create a flatter and sculpted abdomen. If needed, the procedure can also repair weakened or separated abdominal muscles for a smoother abdomen.
Women bothered by deflated, saggy breasts may be candidates for breast lift. Breast lift removes loose, sagging skin on the breasts. The body contouring procedure also reshapes the breast and repositions it on the chest wall for a perkier, younger-looking appearance. If necessary, the nipples and areolas are corrected and reduced in size. Some patients choose to rearrange existing tissue to achieve increased breast fullness.
Inner and outer thighs can be reshaped and slimmed down with thigh lift. By trimming excess skin and removing excess fat (via liposuction) on the thighs, the procedure eliminates physical discomfort (e.g., skin irritation) caused by inner thigh skin rubbing together.
Finally, lower body lift targets loose, excess skin on the hips, lower back, buttocks and thighs. By excising skin and reshaping the underlying tissues, a smoother and sexier lower body shape is achieved. Liposuction can be combined with lower body lift to eliminate small fat deposits. Lower body lift can also be combined with tummy tuck to create a more proportionate overall body shape.
Benefits of Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss
Small pockets of fat and loose, hanging skin are two cosmetic flaws often left behind by massive weight loss. With body contouring, patients can achieve a more flattering figure, one that positively reflects their weight loss efforts. Here we outline some of the benefits you can expect with post-weight-loss body contouring.
Eliminate Physical Discomfort
Excess, loose skin that does not contract well over the body can be heavy and uncomfortable to move around. For this reason, many post-weight loss patients avoid exercise like running and cycling. In addition, folds of excess skin can rub against each other, causing painful chafing, rashes and infection. Body contouring procedures like tummy tuck and thigh lift excise loose skin and tighten the underlying muscle and tissue structures for a smoother and slimmer contour. Following body contouring, mobility is easier and exercise is more enjoyable.
Boost Your Self-Confidence
The excess skin that remains after massive weight loss can detract from one’s smaller frame and confidence. It’s not uncommon for some patients to hide their shapeless figure under loose, bulky sweaters, or even become self-conscious and withdrawn. By tightening and smoothing out the body’s contours, we allow patients to confidently show off their figures. Clothes fit better and patients feel more comfortable and confident in social settings.
Provide Motivation to Live Healthier
Following body contouring, many patients are motivated to maintain their slimmer and more toned physique by exercising and eating healthily. In fact, several studies have found that weight loss patients who underwent body contouring were more likely to keep the weight off compared to those who didn’t have body contouring done. Body contouring can help jumpstart a healthier and happier life.
Learn More about Post-Weight Loss Body Contouring
Having treated hundreds of Essex and London plastic surgery patients, Mr Banwell understands that there is no “one-size-fits-all” post-weight loss body contouring procedure. When designing your treatment plan, the trusted surgeon will take into account personal factors like your existing body type, aesthetic concerns and desired outcome.
To get started on your post-weight loss body, schedule a personal consultation with Mr Banwell by contacting Attune Clinic today.