Pregnancies, lifestyle habits and genetic predisposition can all play a role in adding unwanted pounds but there are ways to finally win the battle of the bulge. A balanced diet, diligent exercise regimen and even weight loss surgery can help you finally reach a healthy, stable weight, however, the saggy skin that often remains after weight loss, can be an unfortunate consequence. Here are five signs that the timing is right for post-weight loss body contouring.
1. You Have Extra Skin
After dramatic weight loss, the skin is typically incapable of conforming to the body’s significantly smaller size and shape with the results being loose, sagging folds of skin. Excess skin can be an aesthetic concern that can often cause chaffing, skin infections and difficulty performing some activities. Unfortunately, no amount of diet or exercise will eliminate these skin folds and thus, body contouring surgery is the only way to effectively do so.
2. You Want to Define Your Results
When you’ve worked hard to shed excess weight and slim down to a healthier weight, the loose skin that remains can hide your success and leave you dissatisfied with your appearance. Post-weight loss plastic surgery can highlight the new you by removing sagging skin and leaving behind slimmer, smoother contours. Body contouring can address loose skin on almost any part of the body and may be perfect for you if you’re ready to celebrate the success of your body transformation.
3. You Have Reached Your Target Weight
Timing is key when considering post-weight loss body contouring procedures. To help ensure that your body contouring surgeries beautifully conform to your new figure, it’s best to reach a target weight that you feel confident you can maintain. Having a tummy tuck, arm lift or thigh lift before you’re finished slimming down may leave you dissatisfied with your results if you lose more weight and find additional surgeries may be necessary.
Once you’ve reached your target weight, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in post-weight loss body contouring to discuss your options. He or she will assess your skin tone and overall health and discuss the results you’re hoping to achieve with plastic surgery. Most people who are in good health can have more than one body contouring procedure performed at one time, eliminating the need for multiple surgeries and recovery periods.
4. You Want to More Fully Enjoy Your New Body
After dramatic weight loss, many people find a renewed sense of energy and a stronger zest for life than they had before they slimmed down. Besides being unsightly, excess skin can interfere with your ability to perform daily activities, keep you from trying new things and simply enjoying the new you. Therefore, body contouring surgery can be a wonderful way to bring your results full-circle and give you the confidence and freedom you have been yearning for!
5. You Want Long-Lasting Results
The same healthy habits that brought you to your weight loss success and helped you maintain your slimmer figure can also ensure you’ll maintain your body contouring results as well. Future fluctuations in weight can compromise your new look, but your results should be long-lasting as long as you commit to a healthy lifestyle and long-term weight maintenance.