Aesthetic Body Contouring Plastic Surgery Helps Restored Confidence, Improve Lifestyle After Major Weight Loss
Article by John G. Apostolides, MD, FACS
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
Anyone who has ever undertaken a diet knows that, no matter how successful the method, losing weight is only half the battle when it comes to maintaining a fit, healthy body for life. In the case of extreme weight loss, this is especially true: formerly obese individuals must contend not only with the strictures of a healthier lifestyle, but also with unsightly excess skin that hangs on after fat loss. Aesthetic body contouring plastic surgery is an effective solution to help rid patients of sagging skin by lifting and firming areas of the body to reveal a trimmer physique – and in the hands of a capable and experienced plastic surgeon, individuals who have completed the difficult work required to lose weight can enjoy the full benefits of their new body with safe, natural and beautiful plastic surgery results.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons body contouring plastic surgery is a method by which surgeons improve the appearance and tone of underlying tissues that support skin and fat for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and reduced their overall body size. Whether as a result of weight loss surgery or diet and exercise, major weight loss can leave skin and tissues with reduced elasticity, which results in sagging and a loose, full appearance of the skin on the upper arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, face and neck. Body contouring surgery is not for everyone, and is only recommended for individuals whose weight is stabilized: if significant weight is lost or gained after such a procedure, it can cause either additional sagging or severe stress and scarring. Therefore, it is important for patients considering body contouring surgery to consult with a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon and develop safe, realistic goals that include a commitment to proper nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyle habits.