Should I Have Body Surgery After Weight Loss?

May 17th, 2018

Dramatic weight loss is always a cause for celebration – your dedication, the tough hours spent at the gym and the seemingly intolerable dieting should make you feel proud. You’ve reached your goal! However, if you’ve been left with large amounts of excess skin, you may be feeling a little self-conscious about your body and wondering if some form of surgery will help. In this post, we look at other reasons you might consider body surgery, as well as the potential benefits.

 

Why You Might Consider Body Surgery

Your weight loss may have caused sagging skin in the following regions:

  • Abdomen.
  • Arms.
  • Breasts.
  • Face.
  • Neck.
  • Legs.

 

Your excess skin may be causing issues, such as:

  • Poor personal hygiene.
  • Rashes, sores and other discomfort.
  • It’s a strain getting around.
  • Difficulty getting dressed/finding clothes that fit.
  • Low self-esteem.

 

What Makes You A Good Candidate For Body Surgery?

  • Your weight has been stable for the past 6 months.
  • You maintain a healthy diet.
  • You don’t smoke.
  • You aren’t planning on getting pregnant for a while.
  • You have realistic expectations and can handle a change in appearance.

 

These factors will aid the healing process, both physically and mentally.

 

The Surgeries You May Consider For Sagging Skin

Sagging Stomach: Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

Sagging Breasts: Breast Lift

Sagging Face and Neck: Facelift

 

Let’s briefly look at each of these surgeries:

Tummy Tucks include procedures such as the Standard Abdominoplasty, Flankoplasty and Apronectomy. They all remove skin and fat from the mid and lower abdomen, tighten the skin and rid it of stretch marks.

 

Liposuction helps to improve your body’s shape and contour by removing that last bit of fat that you weren’t able to shift yourself. As we state in our previous post, ‘How To Get Ready For Summer’:

 

‘’The great thing about Liposuction is that the fat cells will not reappear after surgery, and so long as you continue with a healthy lifestyle, your body will stay stunning’’

 

A Breast Lift not only removes excess skin, but can reshape the breasts and even them out. This is done by moulding the breast tissue and repositioning the nipples and areolas. An implant can also be used during a breast lift to add volume.

 

A Facelift works wonders on sagging cheeks, jowls and the neck, removing fat, wrinkles and lines. Check out our great post, ‘Let’s Face It: The Benefits Of A Face Lift’ for more information.

 

The Benefits of Body Surgery:

  • Increased self-esteem as body shape is better defined.
  • Boosted confidence as a greater range of clothing becomes attainable and skin doesn’t have to be hidden.
  • Skin feels firmer and more comfortable.

 

We hope this post has helped make your decision easier. For additional guidance and advice, call our friendly team here at New Birkdale Clinic today.