Losing a large amount of weight will improve your health and give you a slimmer body. However, it’s very common to have sagging skin on your stomach, arms, and other locations after you experience massive weight loss. At Northstate Plastic Surgery Associates in Chico, California, we can use a variety of body contouring techniques to tighten your sagging skin.
Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss: How Can You Tighten Sagging Skin?
Adopting diet and exercise changes can cause you to lose a large amount of weight, and that’s great. Alternatively, you might experience massive weight loss after you receive a bariatric procedure. But this type of weight loss is likely to create loose skin on your thighs, abdomen, arms, and other areas of your body.
We can use several different body contouring techniques to tighten your sagging skin and improve the proportions of your figure. The methods that we use during your procedure will depend on the severity of your cosmetic issues and the areas of sagging skin that you would like to improve.
Firming Your Abdomen
After you experience massive weight loss, you might have a large amount of loose skin on your lower abdomen. We can fix this problem by performing a tummy tuck. During your tummy tuck, we will make a small incision into the skin in your target area. We will use this incision to remove extra fat and skin from the lower part of your abdomen. We will also reposition the skin that is located around your belly button.
Improving Your Arms
We can fix loose skin on your upper arms by performing an arm lift. This procedure is also called a brachioplasty. The techniques that we use during your arm lift will depend on the type of aesthetic problems that you are experiencing.
In general, we will begin by making incisions on the back or inside of your arms. It’s common for these incisions to begin in your underarm area and extend toward your elbows. Depending on your unique needs, we may also use liposuction to improve the appearance of your upper arms.
Firming Your Thighs
A thigh lift will tone your thighs and bring this feature into proportion with the rest of your body. The most popular type of this procedure is called an inner thigh lift. During this type of thigh lift, we will make incisions in the fold in your groin. We will use these incisions to take out some of the unnecessary fat and skin in your thighs.
If you have a large amount of loose skin on your thighs, you might receive a vertical thigh lift. During this procedure, we will make vertical incisions that begin at your groin crease and end near your inner knees. We will use these incisions to take away a significant amount of skin from your inner thighs.
Improving Your Lower Body
A lower body lift is frequently used to correct sagging skin and other issues that people develop after they experience massive weight loss. This aesthetic procedure can fix sagging skin on the hips, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen.
We will begin this type of lift by making incisions in the lower area of your body. Next, we will take away loose skin and fat from your target area. Removing this extra material will help your skin stretch and become smoother.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Type of Aesthetic Procedure?
To achieve favorable results, you will need to let your weight stabilize before you receive your procedure. For example, you might receive this procedure about 18 months after you achieve your goal weight.
In addition to achieving a stable weight, you will need to be in relatively good health to use this body contouring technique. If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other chronic health issues, you might not be a good candidate for a skin-tightening procedure. In addition, you must be a non-smoker or be prepared to quit smoking for at least six weeks before you receive your procedure.
Will My Procedure Create Lasting Improvements in My Sagging Skin?
This aesthetic technique can be used to permanently remove large amounts of excess skin that are located on your stomach, thighs, arms, or other areas. However, you need to understand that your skin and other tissues will continue to age during the next stage of your life. Further, if you gain and lose large amounts of weight in the future, you could develop new areas of sagging skin.
To maintain the improvements in your skin, you should try to keep your weight stable. Further, you should wear sunscreen and use anti-aging beauty products regularly.
Firm Your Skin
Shedding a large amount of extra weight in a short period of time can create loose, sagging skin on multiple areas of your body. This problem can keep you from feeling confident about your new figure. Fortunately, we can use several different cosmetic techniques to eliminate your excess skin. To learn whether you are a good candidate for this type of body contouring procedure, contact us at Northstate Plastic Surgery Associates in Chico, California.