Your Guide to Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss
You’ve worked hard for months or even years to reach a healthy body weight; after spending so much time, financial resources, and mental dedication working towards your goal, you may still be unhappy with portions of your body. Though an individual who loses a large amount of weight (more than 100 pounds) literally adds years to their life, they may be left with loose, sagging skin.
Or, they may have fat deposits that refuse to budge, even though they’re at a healthy weight. Plastic surgery is an option to remedy both issues. Keep reading for everything you need to about body contouring after massive weight loss.
Patience is Necessary to Achieve a Better Body
Once you’ve reached your weight loss goal, you may want to take the next available surgery date for plastic surgery. However, experts recommend that you make sure your weight is stable before having any procedures to remove your loose skin or eradicate stubborn fat pockets.
Recommendations vary with each doctor, but most recommend that you maintain your weight for one to two years before having plastic surgery. This waiting period helps you ensure that you’ve made the necessary lifestyle and psychological changes to maintain your weight loss.
You don’t want to invest your time and monetary resources into plastic surgery, only to gain the weight back. A waiting period also gives your skin time to naturally shrink prior to any surgical procedures. Though your skin is unlikely to naturally shrink to a level that you’re satisfied with, even minor shrinkage can improve the results of your procedure and aid your recovery.
Take time to ensure you’re satisfied with your existing weight. If you want to lose more weight, you should do so before scheduling any surgical procedures to ensure the best long-term results.
Pay Attention to Your Health, Not Just Your Weight
Your surgeon must make sure that potential patients are healthy enough for surgery. To determine if you’re a good candidate for weight loss surgery, your doctor will consider the following details:
- Whether you have a chronic health condition (such as heart disease or diabetes)
- Your usage of tobacco products
- Your diet
- Your mental health
The ideal candidate for plastic surgery doesn’t suffer from any conditions or diseases that compromise their health. They don’t use tobacco, and their diet is high in protein, fruits, and vegetables. A healthy diet aids in your recovery, while tobacco usage hinders your recovery.
You Can Combine Multiple Procedures Into a Single Operation
Many patients find that they have numerous areas of their body that they want to change. Feel free to combine some procedures into a single operation to minimize your overall downtime and decrease the number of times that you must go under anesthesia.
For example, assume that you want to have excess skin removed from your abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. You also have pockets of fat in the hips you want to remove. Your surgeon may be able to combine skin removal for all these areas into a single procedure.
Generally, your surgeon is more likely to combine procedures on areas of your body in close proximity (such as your arms and breasts, face and neck, or thighs, buttocks, and abdomen).
Be Realistic About Your Results
Patients who are realistic about what plastic surgery can and can’t do are more likely to be satisfied with their results. Plastic surgery won’t give you the body of someone who’s been thin their whole life, nor will it remove every iota of excess fat and extra skin.
What it will do is make a significant difference in your appearance and help you feel more confident. Additional procedures might be necessary in the future to touch up the results of your initial procedures.
Ready to take back your body? If so, contact the Dr. Christine Nygaard Renaissance Center to schedule your consultation.