In most cases, losing weight allows people to lead more active, healthier lives. But the downside to significant weight loss is it can result in excess, sagging, or overhanging skin and a misshapen body contour.
If you’ve lost a lot of weight and are dealing with excess skin issues, plastic surgery can help.
Below, the team at Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery discusses how plastic surgery can benefit you post-weight-loss and whether you’re a good candidate.
How Plastic Surgery Helps after Losing Weight
After losing a significant amount of weight, a number of plastic surgery options are available. Plastic surgery can improve the contour of your body and get rid of loose or overhanging skin, which may cause chafing or rashes, or make it difficult to fit into clothes.
The procedures include the following:
- Panniculectomy – Gets rid of overhanging skin (pannus) from the lower abdomen
- Lower body lift – Reshapes the waist, hips, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen
- Tummy tuck – Removes excess skin and tightens the lower abdomen
- Breast lift, augmentation, or reduction – Improves the appearance of the breasts and gives them the desired shape and size
- Upper arm lift – Gets rid of sagging skin from the upper arms
- Thigh lift – Removes excess skin and creates the appearance of more proportionate thighs
- Facelift – Removes and tightens loose skin around the lower half of the face and neck
- Liposuction – Removes stubborn pockets of body fat from areas such as the waist, thighs, buttocks, upper arms, and knees
Any type of surgical procedure you have will result in scarring. But experienced plastic surgeons minimize the visibility of scars, and most people find their overall improved appearance offsets this disadvantage.
Are You a Good Candidate for Plastic Surgery?
To be considered a good candidate for plastic surgery after losing weight, you should meet the following criteria:
- You achieved your goal weight and don’t plan to lose any more weight.
- Your weight has remained stable for at least six months, and it’s been at least two years since you started losing weight.
- Your health is good, and you don’t have heart disease or diabetes.
- You maintain a healthy diet and don’t smoke.
If these conditions apply, you should speak to a qualified plastic surgeon about creating a plan.
To learn more about your options for
plastic surgery after weight loss, call or email the team at Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery to schedule
a consultation with Dr. Garrett Harper.