Having weight loss surgery can help morbidly obese people lose a significant amount of weight, but it may not leave them with the body they were hoping for. When diet, exercise, and weight loss surgery doesn’t result in a lean and tone appearance, plastic surgery may be able to help.
Some people who have carried an excessive amount of body weight for a long time find that losing weight results in a lot of sagging skin folds. If you have lost weight and are unhappy with skin that has not retained it’s elasticity, a few plastic surgery options are available.
- Body Lift: This plastic surgery procedure can tighten the the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, and arms with one operation. A single incision is made in the abdomen to remove excess skin and fat. This surgery can provide permanent results if you can maintain a consistent weight.
- Abdominoplasty: More commonly known as a “tummy tuck”, this surgery creates a smoother and firmer looking stomach. During a tummy tuck, skin and excess fat is removed and the abdominal muscles are often tightened.
- Mastopexy: If your weight loss has left you with sagging or deflated looking breasts, a mastopexy, or breast lift, can lift and reshape your breasts. This operation may involve a breast implant to improve the shape, as well as nipple repositioning.
Plastic surgery after weight loss may be a good option if your weight has stabilized and you are physically healthy enough to undergo major surgery. It’s important to discuss with your doctor what type of results to expect so that you have realistic goals for your operations.