It is a known fact that Beverly Hills has some amazing shopping and you have done the hardest part of your weight loss journey and lost the weight! New clothes are on the agenda to fit your slimmer, new physique but now you are hindered by the sagging, loose skin left behind. Losing weight, especially a significant amount, is a positive step in the right direction but can also bring new challenges of how to look your best with your weight loss results.
Bariatric patients or individuals who have made drastic lifestyle changes with a healthier diet and regular exercise who have lost 100+ pounds, generally have some aspect of loose skin following the weight loss. Regardless of how you lost the weight, it can be frustrating to be plagued with loose skin and if you are like many weight loss individuals, you’re likely asking yourself the same questions: how do you fix it? Board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz specializes in after weight loss surgery and can help provide the answers and best cosmetic treatment options available to anyone struggling to get their body transformed post weight loss.
The Most Important Step
As with all cosmetic procedures, the most important and critical step when considering plastic surgery is finding a board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon that specializes in the surgery you are seeking. Skin removal surgery for weight loss patients can be a life-changing treatment for men and women, but it is a complex and intricate surgery that requires surgeon experience, skill, and an artistic eye for results. Plastic surgery, post weight loss, often entails one or more body contouring procedures performed over a period of time. Finding a reputable surgeon who can provide a detailed road map of your transformation and who has experience, and the photos and reviews to prove it should be step number one.
Skin Issues After Weight Loss
Typically, a significant amount of weight loss affects more than one area of the body. The extra skin left behind hinders finding clothes that fit properly. In addition, dermatological issues such as skin irritations or rashes are common due to hanging skin or folds of skin. If left untreated, they can be become infected and cause more problems. But for many, aesthetics and function (the ability to be active) are the two biggest issues of having loose skin. After losing a significant amount of weight, patients may seek to have plastic surgery for any of the following body parts: the neck, breasts, arms, abdomen, back, buttocks, and thighs. Skin removal, skin tightening, and advanced lifting techniques can help tighten, tone, and smooth each of these areas.
Is Corrective Surgery The Answer?
The issue of loose skin is common when extensive weight gain prior to weight loss has occurred. The skin area has to expand to accommodate fat cells that accumulate with weight gain. When the weight is lost it causes the skin to lose elasticity, therefore, causing sagging skin to be left behind because it cannot conform to the new shape. This can emotionally affect individuals that have worked hard to lose weight and get healthy. Unfortunately, no amount of exercise or sit ups will tighten loose skin left behind. Body contouring procedures, after significant weight loss, is the solution to remove that excess skin and get you back to feeling more self confident and comfortable in your skin.
The planning and strategy of having skin removal and skin tightening surgery are imperative as typically more than one corrective surgery is necessary. Most bariatric patients or individuals that have lost a significant amount of weight experience sagging skin in the arms, chest, back, under the chin or entire facial area, stomach area, and legs. One or two procedures are typically done at a time, varying by the patient, as the entire body contouring process is not done all at once. This allows the body to recover properly post surgery after each corrective surgery.
Corrective Surgery Options
As with any corrective or cosmetic procedure, it is highly recommended that a person be at their ideal body weight and have maintained it for up to 6 months. This helps with the body contouring treatments in order to give a patient the best end result. The type of corrective surgery options to eliminate sagging or loose skin are:
- Neck lift
- Breast lift or breast augmentation (or both)
- Upper arm lift
- Tummy tuck
- Lower body lift
- Butt lift
- Thigh Lift
A skilled plastic surgeon is key to reducing or minimizing the scarring that is left behind after corrective surgery as well as being knowledgeable about what types of surgeries or combination of cosmetic treatments are needed to obtain the best results. After significant weight loss has been achieved any one of these types of cosmetic surgeries can take your new body to the next level and boost your self confidence.
You have done the hard part and lost the weight. You want to look even better and get rid of the skin that is left behind. When looking in the mirror you see your weight loss and how your body has been transformed so take the next step and remove that sagging, loose skin with corrective cosmetic surgery. You can wear those shorts while walking to shop in the Beverly Hills area or finally feel confident at the beach. Get yourself the full body experience of loving the new skin you're in by calling the office of Dr. Jaime Schwartz of Beverly Hills to get your consultation appointment set up today!