Losing weight can be a big challenge. To achieve your goal weight is something you want to celebrate, and you totally should! For many men and women, getting the pounds off is just one piece of the weight-shedding puzzle. Most of the changes that have occurred are positive. However, when weight loss leaves behind evidence of a “past life” in the form of loose, sagging skin, an entirely new issue has developed.
Sagging Skin, is it a Given?
It doesn’t matter how weight has come off the frame. It could be through years of healthy eating and exercise or months of eating smaller portions after bariatric surgery; a significant drop in pounds could reveal another problem of excess weight, stretched skin. Our skin can only be stretched so far before its ability to remain elastic becomes compromised.
Sagging Skin may Surprise You
The area of the body on which excess weight tends to pose the biggest concern is around the midsection. After substantial weight loss, the skin across the abdomen may hang over a fold. This is called a “pannus.” In addition to being physically uncomfortable beneath clothing, a pannus could also create prime circumstances for skin infection.
Body Contouring can Rescue your Curves
It isn’t simply losing weight that we want. What we really want is a contoured body. After the goal weight has been achieved, sagging skin could be what stands in the way of optimal confidence and comfort. Some of the procedures that may address this issue include:
- Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck
- Lower body lift, to remove excess skin from the thighs and hips
- Breast lift or augmentation
- Neck lift
- Face lift
Points to Ponder
If you are considering what to do about loose skin after dramatic weight loss, ask yourself a few questions:
- Might plastic surgery be the best way to resolve sagging skin?
- What are my primary areas of concern?
- What are my expectations from plastic surgery?
Weight loss is a lot to be proud of. Let’s put the icing on the proverbial cake by consulting with you about body contouring! Call (760) 240-2444.