When Weight Loss Leaves Evidence

after weight loss surgeryThere are so many positives that result from reaching your goal weight! After putting in the work to create healthy eating and exercise habits, and maybe developing a truckload of self-discipline, you deserve to sit back and revel in the new you that you see in the mirror. When you imagined what your body would look like minus those extra pounds, you may not have considered the effect that weight loss would have on your skin. The evidence of excess weight in the form of sagging skin can be as distressing as the weight you once held. It is a reminder that you simply don’t need.

Consequences are such a Drag
The consequences of poor eating and exercise habits include low energy and high weight. After dropping the extra fat, you may be excited by the surge of energy you feel, but disappointed in the inability of your skin to bounce back. Why does this happen? The skin is pretty resilient, but it does have limits, and these are different for all of us. The longer skin is in an expanded state, and the older the person, the less likely it is that the results of weight loss will be exactly what was hoped for.

Weight Loss can Affect the Strangest Areas!
As you may expect, the primary area on which skin may sag after substantial weight loss is the abdomen. This concern is so common that it has actually been given a name, “pannus.” A pannus is an overhang of skin, like an apron, that can be just as emotionally upsetting as it is physically uncomfortable. It isn’t only the midsection, though, that can be problematic after weight loss. We also consult with patients about concerns related to sagging tissue on the thighs, arms, and other areas.

Contouring is the Solution
Weight loss is only one part of the ultimate solution to extra pounds. In many instances, the final touch can be put on the body with the right contouring procedure. Some of the methods we use to bring patients to their desired outcome include:

  • Breast augmentation or lift
  • Neck lift
  • Face lift
  • Lower body lift
  • Brachioplasty (arm lift)
  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

Has excess fat lead to “extra” skin? You’ve come so far to create your ideal shape, let’s get you to your final destination. Call 309-664-1007 to consult with your Bloomington plastic surgeon about body contouring.

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