Body Contouring After Weight Loss
People who have lost a significant amount of weight are often left with loose tissue that is impossible to improve with diet and exercise alone. Despite a person’s dedication to a healthy lifestyle, skin that has been stretched for a significant amount of time usually cannot shrink back to its original shape and size. In addition, pockets of stubborn fat that are resistant to diet and exercise may remain in certain areas. This excess tissue can cause emotional and physical discomfort; people may be embarrassed by stretched skin that detracts from their now lean body, and loose, hanging skin and fat can be irritating and get in the way of normal tasks and body movements.
Dr. Morales offers body contouring procedures to give weight-loss patients a body they can be confident about. These procedures remove excess fat and skin to restore leaner and more attractive body contours. There is a variety of body contouring procedures available, and during your initial consultation, Dr. Morales can determine the best procedure(s) to meet your individual needs and circumstances.
Liposuction, also known as “lipoplasty,” removes fat deposits that are difficult to target with diet and exercise. This procedure can be performed on almost any area of the body and is ideal for weight-loss patients with good skin quality. Liposuction can also be combined with other body contouring procedures to remove excess fat as well as skin.
Tummy tuck surgery, also known as “abdominoplasty,” improves a patient’s midsection by tightening separated abdominal muscles and removing excess fat and skin. Patients who only have a small amount of loose skin and minimal to no muscle separation can benefit from a mini-tummy tuck with a shorter incision along the lower abdomen. Patients with a lot of loose skin in their abdomen and around the entire lower body can greatly benefit from a body lift.
Also known as “circumferential abdominoplasty,” a body lift contours the entire circumference of the waistline while lifting the thighs and buttocks in one procedure. Excess skin and fat are removed from the waist, back, buttocks, flanks, and abdomen while torn abdominal muscles are tightened to produce leaner contours in the lower body.
Thigh lift surgery, also known as “thighplasty,” is ideal for weight-loss patients who have stretched skin that hangs on the outer thighs and gathers on the inner thighs. This excess skin can make even a simple task like walking difficult. This procedure tightens and lifts excess skin to achieve smoother, more attractive thighs.
Arm lift surgery, also known as “brachioplasty,” removes excess stretched skin from the upper arms to restore a healthier upper arm contour. Loose skin that would flap and move with every arm motion is eliminated and more slender upper arms are achieved with this procedure.
The breast skin naturally loses elasticity over time and causes the breasts to sag, and this is especially noticeable in patients who have lost a great deal of weight. Breast lift surgery, also known as “mastopexy,” improves the shape and position of the breasts and nipples. Excess skin is removed to restore firmness and elevate the breasts to a higher position. If necessary, the nipples and areolas can be reduced and repositioned higher on the breasts. Patients who also desire an increase in breast volume can benefit from a breast lift combined with a breast augmentation.
Patients often experience a drastic reduction in breast volume after significant weight loss. Breast augmentation surgery uses implants to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breasts. During your consultation, Dr. Morales will help determine the ideal breast augmentation options that will suit your needs.
If you have lost a significant amount of weight and are unhappy with the excess skin that remains on your body, please call (214) 827-8407 or fill out our contact form for more information. Dr. Morales is a board-certified plastic surgeon and looks forward to helping you achieve the leaner, more attractive body you deserve.