Losing significant weight through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery is remarkable. However, substantial weight loss can create other problems like unwanted skin folds in the buttocks, thighs, arms, and abdomen.
Have you found yourself with excess, loose skin that sags and makes wearing clothing uncomfortable? You may be a prime candidate for a customized full-body lift.
At SurgiSpa Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Arthur Cambeiro offers multiple body lifting procedures to help with the aftermath of massive weight loss.
This surgical lifting procedure addresses irregular contours in the thigh, buttocks, groin, and abdomen. The body lift is perfect for people whose skin did not bounce back after they lost a dramatic amount of weight.
Unfortunately, significant weight loss can exaggerate skin laxity on the outer and inner thighs. A thigh lift can smooth over this area to a youthful appearance.
Also known as brachioplasty, an arm lift removes excess fat and loose skin from the upper arms. In addition, many women enjoy the benefits of wearing clothing like spaghetti straps and sleeveless blouses without embarrassment.
With age, the buttocks can lose elevation and sag. Luckily, a butt lift can resolve loose skin and cellulite to deliver a robust, shapely derriere.
How to Get Ready for Body Contouring
With these options and more, knowing which procedures best match your cosmetic concerns can be confusing. Here are some helpful tips to prepare for your post-weight loss body contouring journey.
Maintain an Ideal Weight
One of the best ways to ensure body contouring gives you optimal results is by ensuring you stick within a few pounds of your goal weight. If you have not hit your ideal weight and continue shedding pounds after surgery, it could alter your results with more sagging skin.
Establish Healthy Habits
Recovery after body contouring surgery can take time and some adjustment. You can do yourself a favor by getting into a healthy routine before your procedure. If you already follow good lifestyle habits, you’ll be in an ideal position to recover more quickly. Avoiding alcohol and quitting smoking will help you heal faster. Eating a balanced diet can reduce stress and fuel your body with the proper nutrients.
Have a Robust Support System
Start organizing a support network soon after your consultation. You will need a trusted adult to drive you home from the surgical center and stay with you to help with household tasks for at least the first 24 hours. Having someone lined up and ready to support you will make it easier to achieve optimal results.
Ask for Advice
Even after bariatric surgery, you may still have questions about further procedures to help you achieve all your cosmetic goals. Make a list of everything you want to ask Dr. Cambeiro during your consultation. You may already have found some advice online, but remember, an experienced surgeon is always the most accurate source of information. There is no such thing as a silly or frivolous question when you’re considering changing any aspect of your appearance. You can ask anything you feel is necessary to reduce anxiety and prepare for the next phase of your journey.
Focus on Your Benefits
The pre-surgery phase is all about planning and to-do checklists. While all this preparation might distract you from the reasons you decided on your lifting procedure, it’s vital to keep a positive mindset and stay focused on your results. Visualize your desired outcome and how this process will get you closer to the body you want.