Significant weight loss can be one of the most intense battles you can have with yourself.
It is an emotional journey and can be an exercise in perseverance, especially for individuals who plan to lose over 20kg or more. There are many ways to change your life from living with major weight issues to living a more fit and healthy lifestyle. But getting your physique to where you want it to be – including your skin and overall body shape – can be a more complex challenge for people who have lived with a major weight problems.
If you are struggling with excess or saggy skin, body contouring may be able to help you tighten and reshape your body.
Complete body transformation through body contouring
Body contouring is a combination or series of surgeries to remove excess folds of skin. Surgeries usually associated with a body contouring procedure include liposuction, tummy tuck and a mummy makeover. A range of operations may be required to address all of your body contour concerns. Some of these may be able to be combined in a single operation to address multiple areas. The planning for this, and decisions about staging and timing will be discussed in your initial consultations with Dr Chaithan Reddy at The Plastic Surgery Clinic in Sydney.
Plastic Surgery Procedures
There are few surgical procedures as transformative as the tummy tuck
A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) gives patients the power to restore or transform the appearance of their body by removing excess skin and fat. This procedure is usually recommended after pregnancy or after significant weight loss. In these cases, some patients may find this avenue of treatment can be transformative, both emotionally and physically.
Reclaim your pre-pregnancy body, following major weight loss after child birth
A woman’s body changes shape many times during pregnancy and childbirth. While emotionally it can be a wonderful experience, the physical changes that occur can often lead to a sense of dissatisfaction when it comes to body image. The two common changes which occur following breastfeeding and childbirth relate to both breast shape and abdominal contour. For women who wish to address these changes, Dr Chaithan Reddy offers customised mummy makeover treatment plans. A dramatic improvement in overall body shape can be achieved when both a correction in breast shape and abdominal contour is undertaken simultaneously, hence the term “mummy makeover”.
Liposuction can effectively reshape and slim the body
Liposuction is a surgical procedure which assists in the removal of localised deposits of subcutaneous fat from problem areas in the body. The body regions that can be treated effectively include the chest, back, abdomen and hips, thighs, upper arms and neck. This procedure consists of making small incisions to the selected regions of the body before a high-powered vacuum is used to remove fat cells and thus assist in improving body contour in problem areas.
Will I need surgery after weight loss?
There may come a time after dramatic weight loss when your weight is stable, but you are distressed by sagging and overhanging skin. If you are considering plastic surgery to improve your body contour, these characteristics make you a good candidate:
- Your weight has been stable for at least six months with no further weight loss expected.
- You are in good overall health without chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease.
- You have a GP referral from your primary care physician or doctors treating you for medical conditions.
- You have a healthy diet; problems such as protein deficiencies can interfere with healing.
- You do not smoke; smoking slows down the healing process and increases the risk of serious complications.
- You have mental stamina; surgical contouring procedures require patience and endurance.
- You have realistic expectations; surgery will lead to marked improvements in your shape, but it is impossible to restore the skin or body to what it would have been without the weight gain or to what it was in your teens or twenties. Even after body contouring surgery, skin continues to sag over time as part of normal ageing.
How to tighten skin after weight loss without surgery?
If you have tried a healthy diet and strict exercise regime and have lost an excessive amount of weight you may notice you have a large amount of sagging or loose skin surrounding the problem areas of your body. For some people, it doesn’t matter how many crunches or weight sessions they do, the excess skin just doesn’t have the elasticity to bounce back to its form before the weight was gained. This is when surgery can play a vital part in your weight loss journey.
The solution for loose, excess skin after weight loss are:
- Body Lift surgeries (singular, combined or in a specific sequence according to what bothers you the most or what procedure sequence will get you the best results
- Combined Body Lift and Body Contouring Surgeries using Liposuction
- Liposuction or Liposculpture – Body Contouring using other methods
A body lift (also known as body contouring) offers an effective way to remove the excess skin from areas like abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and breasts. A body lift or body contouring is a series of cosmetic or plastic surgical procedures that involves removal and tightening of skin to reshape the body and reduce excess saggy skin.
Some patients require body-contouring procedures to address excessive skin, remaining fatty tissue, and lack of tissue elasticity after weight loss. Results from body contouring and cosmetic surgery procedures after massive weight loss are permanent and can last a lifetime with proper diet and exercise. It is absolutely possible to gain weight post-surgery so it is really important to keep up to date with a healthy diet and exercise routine so you enjoy the benefits and results of your weight loss and surgery journey.
As with any major surgery there are a certain amount of risks and potential complications. Common side effects include bruising and swelling. The shape of the body may change over time, and the final result may not be realized for a few months.
Because of the number and complexity of the surgeries involved, a combination of body contouring procedures can be costly. Body contouring is a life-changing investment in the new you. We encourage patients to book a consultation with Dr Reddy to discuss your concerns, perform an assessment and provide an exact cost.