Bariatric surgery leads to a number of lifestyle changes for patients. They’ll eat less, eat healthier, and lose a lot of weight. The benefits of weight loss are numerous, but it can have some cosmetic consequences. Following major weight loss, it’s common experience lots of loose skin and drooping. That’s where body lift, sculpting, and contouring surgery comes into play. These procedures help eliminate loose skin, leaving patients looking better in the process.
The team at our Victoria, TX plastic surgery center would like to go over some of the benefits of body lift surgery so you understand how helpful it can be.
Removing Loose or Drooping Skin
Looks and drooping skin is an unavoidable consequence of major weight loss. While some of the skin will shrink back around your frame, the majority of it will hang from your frame after being stretched out a great deal. The drooping and sagging tends to be most pronounced in the abdominal area, the thighs, and the upper arms. Only a body lift can remove the loose skin.
Getting Rid of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are also an unavoidable consequence of weight loss. While some skin care products can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, only body lift surgery can make a significant difference in eliminating stretch marks.
Tightening and Toning Your Frame
When you have a lot of loose and sagging skin, you might notice a less-than-appealing silhouette. Body lift surgery helps tighten, tone, and firm-up your frame after major weight loss. This leads to a better overall body shape and a silhouette that is much more proportional and fit. For women in particular, body lift surgery can help with drooping or sagging breasts, which is often an issue following major weight loss.
Expands Your Wardrobe Options
Loose skin could lead you to wear only certain kinds of clothes. Long sleeves, loose clothing, and other garments may be favored since they conceal the contours of your body. After a body lift, you’ll feel more comfortable wearing other kinds of clothes.
Helps Clothes Fit Better
Adding to the previous point, body lift surgery could help clothing fit better in general. With less sagging skin or overhanging skin, pants, shirts, and other kinds of clothes may simply feel more comfortable. There is a genuine feeling of relief when you can wear what you want and feel at ease in your favorite outfit.
Greater Self-Confidence and Less Self-Consciousness
Many of the points made above are linked to improved self-confidence from body lift surgery. People can be quite self-conscious about folds of skin and unwanted drooping or sagging. Thanks to body lift surgery, these are no longer issues that patients have to deal with, which can make a major difference when it comes to self-image and general feeling of self-consciousness.
A Sense of “Closure” After Bariatric Surgery
For many patients, a body lift a year or two after bariatric surgery can provide a sense of closure to the process. Not only does the patient weigh less and experience much better health, their skin now properly conforms to their slimmer frame. Consider the body lift surgery a way to close one chapter of your life, or perhaps begin a whole new chapter.
Learn More About Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery
For more information about body contouring after a bariatric procedure, be sure to contact South Texas Plastic Surgery. We will work with you to help reshape and recontour your figure following major weight loss.