The benefits of body contouring surgery are more than just skin deep.
Losing a significant amount of weight is an accomplishment to be extremely proud of. Unfortunately, it also means having excess skin hanging off parts of the body. It also means having pockets of unwanted fat that don’t go away with exercise or diet. You may still be unhappy with your appearance despite losing weight.
That is when body contouring comes in.
WHAT IS BODY CONTOURING?
Post-weight-loss body contouring is a combination of procedures specially designed to enhance the body’s shape after major weight loss. It also increases the appearance of a toned body by removing the redundant folds of skin left over after the weight loss. These unwanted fat, which are resistant to diet and exercise, can also be removed via liposuction for a more streamlined body contour.
COMMON BODY CONTOURING TREATMENTS
Depending on the patient’s needs, they may undergo one or several procedures. It all depends on their problem areas and where they would like to have their body contouring surgery.
|Loose arm skin||Arm Lift|
|Loose/sagging breast skin||Breast Lift (with/without Breast Reduction)|
|Loose thigh skin||Thigh Lift|
|Loose buttock skin||Buttock Lift|
|Loose back and tummy skin||Body Lift (with/without Tummy Tuck)|
|Pockets of unwanted fat||Liposuction|
BODY CONTOURING IMPROVES YOUR HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE
Other than the obvious benefit of having a more contoured body, how does body contouring surgery actually improve one’s health?
- Improved comfort. Large folds of loose skin pose a large range of medical problems, such as intertrigo—a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection that occurs due to the difficulty in keeping the fold of skin clean and dry. By removing all the excess skin, not only will you feel a huge sense of relief from the weight of the skin, but you will also be free of the constant need to take extra care not to aggravate the skin condition.
Panniculectomy, the removal of overhanging skin, may be eligible for insurance coverage if it meets the medical criteria. Check with your insurance company to better understand what criteria you would need to meet for insurance coverage.
- Sense of motivation to maintain weight loss. Your body mobility may increase post-surgery as excess skin will no longer be in the way when bending over and doing ordinary chores and exercising. The positive psychological effects will help improve the lifestyle and the desire to maintain that weight loss.
- Enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem. With all the health and physical benefits, it is no wonder that many patients report body contouring surgery boosts their psychological health.
- Better lifestyle. Lastly, research also shows that when people look and feel good, they are more likely to engage in more physical and social activities. They even enjoy an improved sex life. The result: an overall better lifestyle!
MY ADVICE FOR YOU: BODY CONTOURING SURGERY
Even though body contouring surgery has a multitude of benefits, it is still a surgery that requires careful planning and much consideration. There is also surgery downtime that requires you to be off work for some time.
It is also best if body contouring surgery is done when you are healthy and at (or near to) a healthy weight for at least six months.
Always look for an accredited plastic surgeon with a lot of experience in body contouring procedures to guide you in making an informed decision.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your plastic surgeon or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Always speak to your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a procedure.