It’s no secret: bariatric surgery can help women and men lose significant amounts of stubborn weight. However, many people don’t realize that their weight loss surgery is only the first step in achieving the desired results.
This is because bariatric surgery (such as gastric bypass) leaves patients with loose and sagging skin that can make them feel uncomfortable and self-conscious, keeping them from truly enjoying their new, lower weight. However, there’s good news.
Cosmetic surgery procedures can help women and men get rid of excess skin to achieve their desired body contours and feel confident with their appearance.
Below, we’ll look at the seven best procedures to consider after massive weight loss. While you may not be a candidate for all of these procedures, Dr. Karlinsky and her team at Westchester Cosmetic Surgical Arts believe in creating customized treatment plans, which means that you can undergo just one of these procedures or combine them into a more extensive and complete procedure.
Nearly everyone has heard about liposuction. This is largely because liposuction successfully helps patients achieve slim and toned contours across the body.
Liposuction is one of the most versatile cosmetic procedures available — you can have liposuction as a standalone procedure or combine it with other body contouring procedures to achieve more dramatic results. And liposuction is integral to many other cosmetic procedures (including some listed below).
With liposuction, stubborn fat is suctioned out of the body, and once it is gone, it is gone permanently.
This procedure can benefit patients who have undergone bariatric surgery or natural weight loss, as not all fat is removed or lost from the body. Because of this, liposuction can help you eliminate additional subcutaneous fat to achieve more definition in different areas of your body.
2. Tummy Tuck
One of the most common areas for women and men to accumulate fat is the belly. Because of this, it is common for women and men to have excess skin and fat in the midsection following bariatric surgery.
Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is the best procedure to tone up the midsection and help you achieve your desired appearance. This procedure addresses loose skin, removes stubborn tummy fat, and tightens loose and separated abdominal muscles.
3. Arm Lift
Many women and men suffer from sagging skin on the underside of the upper arms. Commonly referred to as “bat wings,” this cosmetic issue can make you look and feel much heavier than you are. After gastric bypass surgery, this excess skin can become exacerbated.
With arm lift surgery (brachioplasty), excess fat will be removed, tissue in the arm may be repositioned, and the excess skin will be excised to give you those slender arms you desire. This procedure can help you wear shirts and dresses you’ve always loved but never had the confidence to wear.
4. Thigh Lift
Like the arms, loose skin can result in the upper legs after bariatric surgery or weight loss. With thigh lift surgery, liposuction may be used to remove any excess skin in the thighs. Next, underlying tissue will be repositioned, and sagging skin will be trimmed away to create more slender legs that balance your appearance.
After this procedure, you can feel confident wearing shorts, dresses, and skirts that show off your legs, and you can look forward to fitting more comfortably in pants.
5. Breast Lift
Most women take pride in the appearance of their breasts. However, being overweight can cause your breasts to sag. Even after bariatric surgery, the breasts will continue to sag.
Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) can be performed to correct sagging breasts. With a breast lift, breast tissue is tightened to raise the breasts, and excess skin is trimmed away. After a breast lift, you can achieve a more youthful appearance that can help you look amazing, whether wearing a bikini or a t-shirt.
It is important to note that a breast lift cannot add volume to the breasts. If you desire larger, more shapely breasts, breast augmentation surgery would be fantastic. Because these procedures complement each other, many women combine breast augmentation and lift surgeries.
6. Buttock Lift
Many women desire a more shapely backside. Unfortunately, after massive weight loss, sagging buttocks can detract from patients’ appearances and make them uncomfortable. Westchester Cosmetic Surgical Arts is proud to offer the Brazilian Butt Lift, a transformative procedure that augments the shape, size, and appearance of the buttocks.
With the Brazilian Butt Lift, fat is harvested from one area of the body with excess fat (usually the abdomen, thighs, hips, or arms). This fat is then purified and injected into strategic areas of the buttock to fill out the backside.
After your procedure, you can feel confident with your butt, no matter where you are.
7. Lower Body Lift
For women and men left with massive amounts of sagging skin on the lower part of their bodies after bariatric surgery, a lower body lift is often the best procedure. This is because a lower body lift is a combination procedure that can include butt augmentation, tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, and/or thigh lift surgery.
With a lower body lift, you can achieve a more dramatic transformation to your entire lower half, which can help you achieve those desired contours and the trim appearance you have always wanted.
After this procedure, you won’t have to worry about unsightly sagging skin; instead, you can feel comfortable and confident with how you look so that you can go out and live your very best life with a smile on your face!
Interested in Learning More?
If you are interested in learning more about how to achieve your desired appearance after massive weight loss, or if you have any questions about any of the procedures we offer at Westchester Cosmetic Surgical Arts in Westchester, New York, please contact our office at 646-559-2854 or fill out our online form.