If you have lost a lot of weight by committing to a healthy lifestyle with a balanced eating plan and regular exercise, you can be very proud of your accomplishment.
Losing a significant amount of weight can be an exercise in immense effort and perseverance. Once you have reached your goal weight, there is certainly cause for celebration, but we understand that the journey to achieving your ideal body is often much more complex than the number on your bathroom scale.
Excessive, saggy skin and stubborn deposits of fat are common concerns for individuals that have lost a lot of weight, but the good news is that there are procedures available to resolve these issues and improve the contours of the body. If you would like to tighten and reshape your body following weight loss, read on to find out more about the available options …
What does body contouring involve?
Body contouring refers to a combination of procedures that work by removing excess skin and fat from the body. While a range of surgeries may be recommended for optimal results, some of the most common procedures designed to address body contour concerns include liposuction and tummy tuck.
How does liposuction work?
Liposuction is one of the most popular treatments when it comes to tightening and shaping the contours of the body. During the procedure, fat is removed from below the skin through very small incisions. Because the procedure is a body shaping technique, rather than a weight-loss method, it’s often an ideal option for those who have reached their ideal body weight but are still struggling with stubborn areas of fat.
The procedure is an effective means of treating and contouring specific areas of fat deposition that have resisted the efforts of diet and exercise. As you may know, your diet and exercise can increase or decrease the amount of fat in each cell, but it will not affect the total number of cells or their distribution. So, if you have genetically inherited a lot of fat cells on your thighs and a small amount of fat cells on your arms, for example, you will simply always have more fat on your thighs than on your arms, no matter how much strenuous activity you do. Liposuction helps to reshape your body by permanently removing these stubborn fat cells.
Could a tummy tuck help?
A tummy tuck is often a very effective means of flattening and shaping the abdomen and waist, particularly for those who have excessive folds of skin and fat in this area of the body. After considerable weight loss, many people notice loose, floppy skin in the abdominal region, no matter how much they exercise.
During a tummy tuck procedure, excess skin and fat are surgically removed and, in most cases, the separated muscles of the abdominal wall are also repaired and strengthened. This helps to achieve a flatter stomach with better contours. There are a number of different kinds of tummy tuck procedures that can be performed, and Dr Yang will advise you of the option best suited to your particular case.
How do I know which procedures will work for me?
When it comes to body contouring procedures, there are a lot of options available, but the treatments you undergo will depend on your personal goals and concerns. The best bet is to come in and see Dr Yang for a consultation so that he can help you come up with a plan that will allow you to achieve the results you are looking for. At your initial consultation, Dr Yang will explain which areas of your body can be addressed with body contouring techniques, and discuss your decisions about staging and timing. He’ll also answer any questions you might have, and talk about the potential side effects of surgery, as well as the details of your chosen procedure and what you can expect from the recovery period.
Dr Samuel Yang offers a wide range of procedures that can be helpful in addressing some of the effects of significant weight loss. If you are interested in finding out more about body contouring, or any of the other procedures that are available, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange a consultation.