Dear Doctors, When I was 17, I lost 80 lbs over 8 months. Now I'm a medium (soft) kind of build, 25, 6'1", 177lbs. I go to gym 7 days a week for a hour. My stomach now sags excessively, very wobbly. My question is, how much do I need to weight? 160lbs? I'd like a number people my size should be if possible & will the abdominal skin shrink back? If I can't lose this skin or fat, (I'm not sure what it is), do you recommend Liposuction? What kind/where? Or is a Tummy tuck more appropriate? Please Help.
Liposuction Vs Abdominoplasty for Male Who Had Massive Weight Loss?
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Abominoplasty or tummy tuck is what you would need at this stage.
Unfortunately some people's skin doesn't have enough elasticity to recoil after weight loss. It doesn't look like you need to lose any more weight. All you have now is loose skin that needs to be surgically removed.
A Tummy Tuck involves removing redundant skin and tightening the underlying muscles. Sometimes liposuction is combined as needed with a Tummy Tuck for the best possible result. Your photos suggest that you probably are a candidate for a Tummy Tuck. The question is whether the shape of your abdomen is affected by an excess of fat, skin, muscle separation or laxity, or some combination thereof. This can only be determined by examination, so go ahead and consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. Some of my patients elect to have liposuction first, and then opt for a Tummy Tuck if the results are not satisfying. See a board certified plastic surgeon to help guide you through the decision making process.
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You have taken care of the fat, now it's time to get rid if the skin.
Liposuction vs Abdominoplasty for Male Who Had Massive Weight Loss?
Liposuction does not improve body shape in patients with loose skin. In fact removing the underlying fat can make the skin appear more loose and saggy. An abdominoplasty procedure can help however. During an abdominoplasty an incision is made low on the abdomen, the skin and fat are elevated off of the abdominal wall, the skin is pulled taught, and the excess skin is trimmed.
Consultation with a plastic surgeon will help determine how best to obtain your goals. Good luck with the process!
Body After Massive Weight Loss.
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Congratulations on losing all that weight, by the way!
Abdominoplasty Is Normally Required to Optimally Restore Contour Following Massive Weight Loss
Massive weight loss often results in a significant amount of loose skin. Normally, this loose skin has a significant amount of associated stretch marks. Stretch marks tell us that the skin has been damaged in the deeper layers. This type of damage prevents the skin from retracting back to its normal state after underlying fat has been removed. When considering the abdomen, if an overhang of skin is present, even in the absence of stretch marks, one would expect the overhang to persist after any type of liposuction. In general, abdominoplasty is normally required to optimally restore the contour of the abdomen in a patient who has had massive weight loss.
Liposuction vs tummy tuck for people after major weight loss!
after major weight loss people are left with basically loose skin. The only practical answer for this is tummy tuck or body lift and not liposuction.
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