It’s tempting to believe that, if you could just lose some weight, you’d finally have the body of your dreams. This isn’t always the case, however. To be clear, we’re big proponents of healthy weight loss through sound nutrition and regular exercise. And if you’ve lost a substantial amount of weight, you should feel very proud of yourself, full stop.
However, some people who lose weight find that they still have extra flaps or folds of loose skin, reminding them of their former self. In other words, just because you make the number on the scale go down, that doesn’t automatically mean that you’re going to have the svelte, contoured look you desire.
That’s why many people who experience weight loss come to Charlotte Plastic Surgery, looking for surgical solutions that can help them lose the extra flab and enjoy the trim body they’ve worked so hard for. There are a number of ways to have plastic surgery after weight loss, and we’re happy to walk you through some of the options. Feel free to make an appointment for a consultation at Charlotte Plastic Surgery. In the meantime, here’s an overview of some of your best options.
Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss
One of the best forms of plastic surgery after weight loss is the tummy tuck, which helps give you that flat abdomen you’ve craved. This is a procedure that we often recommend for patients who have worked hard to eat right and stay physically active, but who simply haven’t gotten the kind of results they wanted.
In a tummy tuck procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision, usually somewhere around the naval, then manipulate your skin and tissues to strengthen the abdominal wall. The surgeon may also remove some extra skin, ensuring that you don’t have any “paunch” left over after the procedure.
The bottom line: A tummy tuck is a great way to ensure that your weight loss is matched by a taut, trim appearance.
Tummy Tuck Patient Results
Another example of plastic surgery after weight loss is liposuction, wherein your surgeon will suck out some of the extra fat that’s keeping you from looking and feeling your best. Again, this is a popular choice among those who’ve embraced a healthy lifestyle but can’t seem to shake that stubborn flab around the belly, thighs, or buttocks.
Liposuction is often done in tandem with the tummy tuck in order to achieve the fullest possible effect.
Many women find that, once they lose weight and develop a slim figure, their breasts begin to look a little droopy. During a breast lift procedure, a surgeon will reshape the breast tissue and also reposition the nipple mound, which can help you enjoy “perky” breasts once more.
Note that a breast lift does not actually address the volume of your breasts; if you feel like your weight loss has left your breasts smaller than you’d like them to be, you may wish to consider some subtle breast augmentation, wherein a surgeon will use breast implants to increase your volume.
Another option to consider is Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift. This is for those who have loose skin hanging down from their arms, giving them what we call the “batwing” look.” In a Brachioplasty, our surgeons will remove some of that extra flab and tighten the skin, causing those bat wings to recede.
Brachioplasty Patient Results
Finally, we understand that extreme weight loss may result in facial skin that’s loose or “droopy,” making you look or feel older than you really are. A facelift can tighten the skin, eliminate this flab, and restore you to a more youthful countenance.
Non-Surgical Options for After Weight Loss
These are just a few of the most common options for plastic surgery after weight loss, but what about those who’d like to achieve a more contoured physique without the need for surgical intervention? We’re happy to make a couple of non-surgical recommendations.
In this non-invasive procedure, extra fat cells are literally frozen and ultimately eliminated from your body as natural waste. If you have one or two stubborn areas of fat that diet and exercise just can’t seem to touch, CoolSculpting will allow you to get rid of that flab without the need for surgery.
By contrast, CoolTone doesn’t target fat cells. Instead, this procedure stimulates the muscle to induce contractions. This results in improved muscular conditioning and in an altogether “tighter,” more toned appearance. It’s an option we recommend for those who’ve lost weight but haven’t quite achieved the athletic look they’re after.
CoolTone Patient Results
Deciding to Have Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss
The bottom line is that, while weight loss may only be a first step toward the body you want, there are plenty of options for seeing that journey to completion. These options include both surgical and non-surgical means. That raises a question: What’s the best way for you to achieve a sleek, contoured body following your weight loss?
A good starting point is calling Charlotte Plastic Surgery to make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation. This is important for a few reasons. One, it will allow us to talk with you about your weight loss and your medical history, ensuring that you’ve reached a stable weight and that you are a healthy candidate for surgery. And two, it will allow us to chat with you about your goals, walk you through the different options, set some expectations, and answer any questions you may have.
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution here. Instead, we stress to our patients that it’s important to take a personalized approach, working toward specific goals. That’s the approach we always take here at Charlotte Plastic Surgery.
If you’ve lost some weight and want to know about the next steps toward a sleek, contoured body, reach out to us today. We’d love to get you on the books for a consultation. Contact Charlotte Plastic Surgery to ask about plastic surgery after weight loss.
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