Significant weight loss after lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery, or other medical treatments can have dramatic effects on overall health and body image. Once you reach your weight goal, however, you may find that you do not have the fit and toned body you desire. Oftentimes, skin may appear loose or sagging, and your body contours may appear irregular or disproportionate. In these cases, body contouring may be right for you.
Following any major reduction in weight, the skin and tissues often lack elasticity and cannot conform to the reduced body size. As a result, the skin is unsupported and can sag in pockets, often leading to an unappealing appearance. This skin is also more prone to infection which may need to be treated.
In general, body contouring removes excess skin and fat left after dramatic weight loss. The result of surgery is a smoother more proportionate appearing body. It can act as an important adjunct to your body and lifestyle changes, and can prove very rewarding for many patients.
Before you decide to undergo body contouring surgery, it is important that your weight loss has stabilized. If you continue to lose weight, sagging skin will redevelop. If you rapidly regain weight, you will put increased stress on your skin, which can often lead to stretch marks.