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How Can I Finish My Body Progress After Massive Weight Loss?

Posted November 22, 2019 in Center for Plastic Surgery

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After losing a large amount of weight, body contouring procedures like tummy tucks, body lifts, and arm lifts can help with excess, drooping skin.

When most people imagine their appearance after massive weight loss, they picture taut contours, smooth skin, and well-fitting clothes.

Unfortunately, many men and women who achieve significant weight loss are not met with the body contours they had visualized.

This is often because of loose, hanging skin.

Your skin is a delicate tissue, and it is very susceptible to damage and cellular break down.

Once your skin stretches to cover the excess weight, the natural aging of the tissue does not allow it to shrink around your new contours the way that you would like it to.

To see if you are a candidate for body contouring after massive weight loss, contact Dr. Bonaldi by calling (775) 238-3051 to set up a consultation.

What Happens to Your Skin When You Lose Weight?

Weight loss—especially when it is significant weight loss or quick weight loss— results in excess skin that folds, hangs, and distorts the appearance of your transformation.

Skin loses elasticity and thins with age. This laxity occurs because your body does not produce the necessary amounts of collagen and elastin—proteins in the tissue that provides strength, structure, and flexibility.

These proteins are found in abundance when you are young, but as you age, your body produces less each year. And the loss of this diminishes your skin’s ability to contract.

The skin should be thought of like a piece of elastic. When it is new (or young), it can stretch and contract back to form.

As it weakens, it loses that ability.

How to Tighten Loose Skin After Weight Loss?

Surgery is the only option to address moderate or significant skin laxity after massive weight loss.

Post-massive weight loss surgery, or body contouring, is performed for men and women to eliminate hanging skin, reduce remaining pockets of fat, and highlight the newer, slimmer contours.

This surgical procedure is highly tailored to fit the specific needs of the patient.

Skin can be excised from the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms, chest, and face.

This is achieved through a series of cosmetic procedures, including tummy tuck, body lift, breast lift, arm lift, and neck lift.

These procedures make incisions in easy-to-conceal areas through which localized pockets of fat are removed, underlying muscles are tightened, and flabby skin is removed.

Before and after image showing the results of a tummy tuck performed by Dr. Bonaldi in Reno, Nevada.

Before and after image showing the results of a tummy tuck performed by Dr. Bonaldi in Reno, Nevada.

What Are the Benefits of Post-massive Weight Loss Surgery?

Post-massive weight loss surgery benefits more than your aesthetic physique.

These surgeries allow men and women who have achieved significant weight loss highlight and finalize their transformation.

1. Realization of Your Weight Loss

No matter how your weight loss was accomplished, it was no doubt a long and arduous feat.

Losing weight is cause for celebration, but that excitement may be clouded by the fact that your new slimmer contours are hidden underneath layers of loose skin.

Body contouring procedures remove this excess so that the slimmer lines are on full display.

2. Better-Fitting Clothing

Flabby skin is unsightly and, unfortunately, increases the circumference of the abdomen, thighs, or arms.

This skin not only limits the clothing that you feel comfortable in but makes many men and women think that they need to cover those areas with clothing.

Body contouring eliminates these worries and allows men and women to choose a wardrobe that highlights their weight loss.

3. Improved Physical Comfort

Layers of hanging skin may rub together and cause chafing, rashes, and even infection. This skin can also make exercising and other physical activity uncomfortable.

By removing the skin and tightening the contours, men and women can achieve enhanced physical comfort.

Are You Interested in Learning More?

If you have additional questions about post-weight loss body contouring or if you are looking for body contouring near you, contact Dr. Bonaldi by filling out our online contact form.

Dr. Bonaldi serves patients in Reno, Nevada, and the greater Reno area.