Skin Tightening after Weight Loss
By Patricia Berbari on February 06, 2013
Maintaining a healthy weight is a great way for you to look your best and, most importantly, be your healthiest. If you are morbidly obese, this weight loss can be difficult to achieve, but it will be well worth it in the end. Of course, after losing weight, many people still have issues with body contour that need to be addressed. The only way for these problems with skin laxity and body contour can be addressed is through Ottawa plastic surgery. We'd like to look at these body contouring and skin tightening surgeries right now in a little detail so you have some understanding of what to expect.
Major Weight Loss and Skin Laxity
As you gain weight, your skin stretches out to accommodate the added girth. When you lose a lot of weight, your skin will shrink back to some degree, but only to a certain extent. This is the normal nature of skin laxity, so there is nothing abnormal about having loose or baggy skin after major weight loss.
Customizing a Body Contouring Procedure Just for You
Exercise and diet cannot eliminate this excess tissue, which is why surgery is necessary. Each body contouring treatment will be customized to the needs of the patient since each patient will have unique needs for body sculpting. Below are some of the most common ways that the skin can be tightened in different parts of the body.
Body Contouring Surgery for the Abdominal Area
The most common body contouring surgery that will be performed to improve the overall appearance is the Ottawa tummy tuck. This surgery will involve the removal of excess skin around the lower stomach area in order to leave you looking your trimmest.
Body Contouring for the Upper Torso/Chest Area
The chest and breasts can both be affected by major weight loss. In such cases, breast reduction surgery is the ideal option. Both male and female breast reduction surgeries are available in order to improve the overall tightness and firmness of the chest area.
Body Contouring for the Lower Body and Extremities
The arms, legs, and lower body can also be affected by skin laxity issues following weight loss, which is why there are also surgeries to improve the contour of these parts of the body. For the upper arms and triceps, there is the arm lift; for the hips and buttocks, there is the butt lift; and for the upper leg area, there is the thigh lift.
Body Contouring for the Face
Even the face and neckline can be affected by major weight loss, which is why some body contouring patients also undergo facial rejuvenation surgery. These surgeries tend to target the lower face, which is most affected by weight gain and loss. To remove excess skin of the lower face area, there is the lower facelift and the neck lift.
Contact Our Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Practice
For more information about boy contouring and body sculpting following major weight loss, it's important that you contact our Gatineau cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to discussing all of your concerns in greater detail and helping you achieve the best possible aesthetic results in the process.
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