When you lose a significant amount of weight through diet, exercise, surgery, or a combination of all three, it is an incredible achievement. A lot of work and personal investment goes into this type of weight loss, and it should set you nicely along the path to a happy, healthy lifestyle for many years to come.
However, it’s only part of the battle. When you lose weight quickly, it can often lead to saggy, loose skin that can trouble you in a variety of ways. It can make you self-conscious, of course, but it can also mean that the clothes you dreamt of wearing before losing weight are still unsuitable and a little on the unsightly side.
The good news is that there is an option for anyone suffering from loose and sagging skin after their weight loss journey. It’s called body contouring and it is the perfect antidote to the problems with losing weight fast. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know.
What is body contouring?
Body contouring, which is also called body sculpting, is a term used for a range of plastic surgery procedures that can improve the appearance of your body through reshaping. Your ideal procedure will depend on the amount of loose skin you have, the results you are interested in getting, and where the loose skin resides. There are several different procedures you can get, including – but not limited to – the following:
Face lift: Perhaps the most well-known body contouring procedure is the face lift. It is great for getting rid of the saggy and loose skin on your face that comes about from dramatic weight loss and the aging process in general. It tightens up the face and helps you look more youthful.
Breast lift: This procedure is designed for anyone suffering from sagging breasts, which can often result from extreme weight loss, and also aging and childbirth.
Tummy tucks: Excess skin hanging over your tummy can make you very self-conscious. If you have suffered it through extreme weight loss or childbirth, a tummy tuck could give you the confidence you need to wear a bikini again, and also be more flattering when wearing figure-hugging clothes.
Lower body lift: This procedure is designed to lift up your abdomen areas, including your outer thighs, groin region, and buttocks.
Medial thigh lift? Tired of sagging skin on your thighs? This body contouring procedure will remove the excess skin on your inner, outer and mid-thigh areas to help you feel comfy in those skinny jeans again.
Brachioplasty: Another area that can end up saggy and loose is the arm region – particularly the upper arm and below your armpit. A Brachioplasty can tighten and tone up your arm to give you the confidence to go sleeveless.
What about scars?
Scars for these procedures can be significant, depending on the amount of work needed to complete your body sculpting. However, the truth is that most people who have these procedures done are happy with the trade off – speak to your surgeon about the likelihood of scarring before going ahead with the operation.
Can anyone get it?
Speak to your doctor if you are planning to get a body contouring procedure. The vast majority of people will be able to have one, on the condition that your weight loss has stabilized and you are in good health. You will also be asked to commit to a healthy lifestyle to give your body the best chance of a healthy and quick recovery.