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.
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.