The downside of major weight loss — and what to do about it

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

May 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

removing excess skin after weight lossWeight loss gets a lot of attention in the media. People who lose 100 pounds or more are often featured in “success stories,” telling others how great they look and feel. It seems as if there’s always a new story about extreme weight loss on the cover of a magazine or on TV.

Achieving a healthy weight is, in fact, something to be celebrated because it improves a person’s overall health. When you lose excess weight, you lower your risk of diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.

 

The problem with slimming down

What many don’t know is that those who lose lots of weight often have significant problems with their body images and self-esteem afterward. Significant weight loss frequently results in severe sagging and excess skin that hangs, which can make bodies look disproportionate and cause discomfort.

Excess skin poses quite a challenge for people who want to celebrate their weight loss, but feel that their extra skin is holding them back from enjoying their success. A significant amount of excess skin can’t easily be hidden under clothing or body-shaping garments. And, if your skin happens to be less elastic, you may have even more sagging and drooping than someone else of the same size. The way your skin stretches and bounces back is largely dependent upon your genetics.

 

The benefits of body lift surgery

Fortunately, people who have excess skin from weight loss have great options today with the help of a skilled plastic surgeon. Body lift surgery is the only way to effectively eliminate excess skin on various parts of the body, including the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and arms. It can also be paired with other procedures such as liposuction if there are pockets of fat that need to be removed. Though other cosmetic procedures target one specific area (such as a tummy tuck or arm lift), a body lift is designed to give your overall body a more attractive and sculpted shape.

Patients who undergo a body lift can finally enjoy the benefits of a leaner, more shapely body that they’ve worked hard to achieve. Their new, smaller figures are no longer hiding under unsightly excess skin.

 

What to expect

A body lift often requires more recovery time than other plastic surgery procedures since it involves multiple areas of the body. Most body lift patients need about four weeks of rest and recovery, but this depends on which areas of the body are involved, and how quickly your body heals. But, ask the many patients who have undergone this life-changing procedure and they’ll likely tell you it was more than worth the time and effort. Considering how hard many people work to lose excess weight, a body lift is like a reward they can give themselves, and its benefits last a lifetime.

Are you interested in eliminating loose, excess skin with a body lift after weight loss? Schedule your confidential body lift consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery today, and learn more about other options for cosmetic surgery.

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