Few things in life are as transformative as losing weight—especially when it’s a significant amount. For many of us, our weight defines how we feel about ourselves and how we believe others view us.
Our body image influences how we interact with others and how confident we feel at work and in public. We all know that shedding excess weight, whether through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, will enhance our appearance and improve our health.
However, people who accomplish significant weight loss are often left with excess skin, stubborn pockets of fat, and stretched and lax muscles, which may negatively affect their appearance and quality of life. Other factors such as aging, sun exposure, and pregnancy all add to this saggy skin condition and make matters worse.
While no amount of dietary change or exercise seems to provide the answer, there is a solution—body contouring procedures. Not only will these help eliminate the excess skin and sculpt your curves, but they can help you recapture the body you desire. At the same time, your motivation to embrace a healthier lifestyle and keep the weight off will give you the self-confidence you deserve.
What Exactly Is Body Contouring?
The team at The Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery with our four board-certified cosmetic surgeons will help you review the different surgical body contouring procedures available, including:
A tummy tuck surgery will help recreate that flat belly you enjoyed in your youth by removing loose skin and tightening abdominal muscles. For excess fat and skin below your navel, a mini tummy tuck may be a better option for you.
Breast Lifts and Breast Augmentation
Breast lifts and augmentation – Breast lifts can lift the breasts to a more youthful position, while breast augmentation can increase your bust line and breast appearance through carefully chosen implants.
Either as a standalone procedure or as part of a combination of body contouring surgeries, liposuction can be used to remove stubborn subcutaneous fat.
A thigh lift procedure targets the loose skin on your inner thighs, outer thighs, or both, providing smoother, tighter legs.
Upper Arm Lift
An upper arm lift removes loose skin from your upper arms between shoulder and elbow, restoring a toned and youthful look.
When you lose weight, you may experience sagging in the jowls, mid-face, and neck. After weight loss, a facelift can correct these issues, giving you a younger, more defined, refreshed look.
Are You a Good Candidate for Body Contouring Surgery?
After losing a large amount of weight, you are probably very keen to look at having body contouring surgery to help tighten up your excess skin and complete your weight loss journey. But before you do, you should consider the following before taking that step:
- You need to be at or near your ideal body weight.
- Your weight needs to be stable.
- You must be healthy enough for surgery.
Now That You’ve Lost Weight, Take the Next Step!
Give yourself the gift of improved self-confidence as you head into the new year with a fresh start. Call our practice at (410) 744-0900 to schedule your consultation. You can also reach out and contact us through our website with questions or to request more information.