After losing a significant amount of weight, you deserve to be thrilled with your results. It could be that you’ve lost 50 pounds or even more, have reversed your obesity and reduced your risk for heart disease and cancer.
However, now that the weight has come off, you might be finding yourself having to deal with another challenge: excess skin that sags.
Apart from the fact that some people find it embarrassing, this excess skin can also cause rashes and fungal infections between the skin folds. Unfortunately, it can also lead to other challenges, such as limiting your mobility.
What Are Your Surgery Options?
To take care of the loose, sagging skin across your abdomen, arms, thighs, and buttocks, you could consider one or more body contouring (post-bariatric surgery) options offered by Dr. Farber. These include:
- Body lift: Removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen by lifting and shaping the abdominal area.
- Breast lift: Removes excess skin and reshapes and returns the breasts to a youthful shape and position.
- Thigh lift: Removes excess skin and fat and tightens the skin on your inner and outer thighs.
- Arm lift: Removes loose, hanging skin and fat from the upper arms.
- Facelift: Removes excess skin and tissue from around the jawline and tightens the face’s underlying muscles.
- Tummy tuck: Removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and repairs and tightens weakened abdominal muscles.
Preparing for Body Contouring After Weight Loss
With all the options available to you, it can be confusing to know exactly which procedures are best for your body contouring goals.
Your consultation with Dr. Farber will involve a physical examination and a review of your medical history. For the body contouring, you will thoroughly discuss how to best address your particular needs. He will work with you in recommending one or a combination of the above procedures that will help you achieve your desired results.
Helpful Tips for Preparing for Your Post-Weight Loss Body Contouring Procedure
Make sure you’re at your target weight: Being at your target weight helps ensure that your body contouring procedure will give you the results you want.
Establish healthy habits: Develop a healthy lifestyle before you have this type of surgery, and you’ll be perfectly positioned to recover more quickly.
Take care of any medical conditions: Medical conditions such as high blood pressure must be under control.
Stop taking blood-thinning medications: You will discuss this with your surgeon before your procedure, but most patients put these and herbal supplements on hold for at least two weeks before surgery.
Stop smoking: Smoking should be stopped 2-3 months before the surgery.
Arrange for a drive home: You must arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to be there if needed.
Welcome to the Slimmer You!
Your new, slimmer appearance will not only directly impact your self-esteem and self-image, but you’ll feel comfortable in your body again. After your recovery, you’ll need to go out and shop for new clothes. There will be an immediate change in how your clothes fit, and you will love your new, youthful silhouette.