Skin Tightening Surgery after Weight Loss
By on June 23, 2012
Because of the obesity epidemic in this country, more and more people are doing their best to lose weight and get in shape. Sometimes this means eating right and exercising more often, other times this means undergoing weight loss surgery. Whatever the case, it’s a good decision that we support fully. That said, many people notice bodily changes after losing that weight; changes that only a skilled San Antonio plastic surgeon can address. We’d like to take a moment to look at the issue of loose skin after weight loss and the various surgical options that you can consider to look your absolute best.
Skin Laxity and Skin Tightening
When you gain a lot of weight, your skin will stretch out as needed in order to accommodate the added body mass. When you lose this weight, your skin will shrink back to some degree, but not completely. It’s a natural and unfortunate occurrence, and can lead to major body image issues involving drooping skin and stretch marks. The only way to address these matters is body contouring surgery after massive weight loss. Below is information on how various parts of the body can be adjusted through this treatment.
Reshaping the Abdominal Area
One of the essential surgeries after losing a lot of weight is the San Antonio tummy tuck. During a tummy tuck, incisions are made along the lower portion of the abdominal area: one primary incision from hipbone to hipbone, a circular incision around the navel, and a final incision connecting them. Excess skin and fat is removed through these incisions and the remaining skin is pulled tighter. A more extensive tummy tuck can be performed if required.
Breast Enhancement and Contouring the Upper Torso
The chest and breasts can be significantly altered by major changes in weight. It’s for that reason that a breast lift surgery is often incorporated into the skin tightening treatment. By removing excess tissue and skin from the lower portion of the breasts, patients can achieve better overall body contour. Additional lifts can be done to address issues with the sides and the back area as needed.
Addressing the Extremities
Many people don’t realize just how much the arms and legs can be altered by weight gain and weight loss. This is especially true of the shoulders and the thighs. Drooping and sagging is common after weight loss in those areas, which is why there are body contouring procedures designed to address these problem areas. The thigh lift will help reduce drooping of the upper legs and inner thighs, while an arm lift will help sculpt shoulders and triceps that look trim and toned.
Facial Rejuvenation and Enhancement
The lower parts of the face and the neckline are often affected by changes in body weight. When you discuss all of your options for effective skin tightening with a plastic surgeon in San Antonio, facial contouring will be on the table as potential treatment. A neck lift and a lower facelift may be just what you need to really look your best. Combining this with the other contouring surgeries means a comprehensive makeover.
Learn More About Body Sculpting and Contouring
For more information about body contouring and body sculpting options, be sure to contact our San Antonio cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing all of your aesthetic goals in greater detail.
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