It’s 2023! If you’ve rung in the New Year with healthy motivation to shed excess weight, let Aesthetx help you with your goals. We congratulate you on making new changes for your health and commitment to hard work for your long-term goals. However, what most people don’t know is that the challenges don’t end when you’ve slimmed down to your ideal size, and we want to be able to help you with all the potential roadblocks on your journey.
Many people still have some issues to contend with after they’ve lost significant body fat. Depending on our age and genetics, skin doesn’t always bounce back when the fat underneath melts away. Some individuals can be left with issues such as unwanted skin rolls and at Aesthetx we offer body contouring procedures to help people with the last piece of their makeover.
Body lift surgeries like breast lift, abdominoplasty, thigh lift, brachioplasty, or a facelift can help you regain the shape- not just the weight- that you really want.
At Aesthetx, our cosmetic surgery experts will be happy to meet with you and discuss your goals. Call or write to us today!
What Happens to Skin After Weight Loss?
Major weight loss of 50 pounds or more can cause a deflated, sagging appearance on the skin in body areas like the belly, back, arms and thighs. The younger you are, the more elastic and resilient your skin is likely to be, so waiting several months to see how much retraction you’ll experience is a good idea. However, as we age, the natural collagen and elastin in our skin begin to fade. Once stretched for a prolonged time, the skin will remain somewhat loose in most cases.
Diet, exercise, and the help of bariatric surgery can do wonders for shedding fat. Unfortunately, there is no exercise or topical solution to regain your previously firm skin tone. That’s why many men and women get a little help from body contouring surgery.
What Body Contouring Procedures Can Help You?
Through various aesthetic surgery procedures designed to excise lax skin and tone contours, you can remove unwanted rolls and folds for a smoother figure.
Mastopexy (Breast Lift) – Breast lifts reshape sagging breast tissue and allow for repositioning of nipples on the breast mound. This popular procedure can be done in combination with a breast augmentation using implants. Dr. Berkowitz and Dr. Zeidler have made stellar contributions to the procedure of the breast lift and have pioneered the most advanced techniques, like the auto implant technique. At Aesthetx, a breast lift won’t just turn back time; it will create results just as beautiful as breast augmentation for women who don’t want to resort to implants. Learn more about this procedure here.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) – This surgery accomplishes many things including repair of separated abdominal muscles when needed. Women opt for this reconstructing tummy surgery after pregnancy, but anyone who has lost substantial weight may also benefit from the skin and fat removal of a tummy tuck. This procedure creates a low, horizontal scar on the abdomen and around the belly button in most cases. Learn more about this procedure here.
Thigh lift – Sagging, excess skin on the inner thighs is common. There are different incisions used to tighten the thigh skin depending on the individual case.
Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) – An upper arm lift addresses the skin and tissue on the back of the upper arms. These are sometimes referred to as “wings” and can make people feel self-conscious in sleeveless clothing. The scar created is lengthy, but it can be well hidden on the inner arm surface. This surgery makes a dramatic difference, revealing smooth arm muscle tone.
Facelift – Don’t forget your face! Sometimes the first place that weight loss can be seen is in our cheeks, jawline, and neck. When the skin loses the support of fat underneath, you may find you appear older or tired as sagging sets in. Facelift surgery can reveal a more youthful, confident appearance. Dr. Zeidler and Dr. Berkowitz thinks of their facelift as a way to turn back the hands of time instead of a way to make patients look drastically different. Learn more about this procedure here.
Who Makes A Good Candidate for Body Contouring Surgery?
After losing weight, many people are eager to take the next steps and book their lifts or contouring procedures. There are a few important things to check off your list first.
Ideal patients have stable body weight. That means you should maintain your weight loss for an average of 6 months to one year to prevent dramatic fluctuations. This also gives your skin some time to retract somewhat on its own.
Patients should be in good overall health. Your nutritional intake is important to ensure normal healing and reduce surgical risks. Patients are advised to avoid smoking before and after surgery as well because it constricts blood flow and could impair healing.
Are You Ready for Your Body Contouring Consultation at Aesthetx?
We know that it’s difficult to enjoy your successful weight loss when you’re uncomfortable in your skin. Wardrobe choices and even the activities you participate in may be limited due to uncomfortable or embarrassing skin laxity. The issue is a common one, and our board-certified surgeons at Aesthetx are understanding, honest and happy to provide you with information to make your decision.
Body contouring surgery can be the next beautiful step on your journey. We welcome you to call (408) 559-7177 or write to us and schedule your private consultation today.