Surgeons with Florida Plastic Surgery Group talk about when to consider body contouring after weight loss and how treatment can help patients improve areas affected by loose, inelastic skin.
Jacksonville, FL – Traditional diet and exercise and options such as bariatric surgery have helped many people lose significant amounts of weight and make positive changes in their lives on a variety of levels. With that in mind, some individuals find that dramatic weight loss leads to a frustrating side effect: loose, sagging skin and stubborn fat deposits appearing in a range of body areas. Drs. Ankit Desai, Michael Fallucco, and Joseph Parks with Florida Plastic Surgery Group say, while this can be very disheartening for those who have already accomplished the goal of losing weight, there is a plethora of options available to help people address areas of inelastic skin and recontour their bodies for a firmer, more fit-looking physique.
The Jacksonville plastic surgeons say that the excess skin and fat left over from a dramatic weight loss can have a number of negative effects, including: difficulty fitting into desired clothing; painful rashes and infections; and a pronounced impact on one’s self-esteem. However, the doctors note, post-bariatric and after-weight loss plastic surgery procedures can remove excess skin and tighten the remainder to enhance body contours and give the skin a smoother appearance. They say a number of procedures can help patients achieve these goals, depending on their unique needs. A lower body lift targets the midsection – including the abdomen, buttocks, and outer thighs, to tighten the skin and improve shape and contour. Procedures such as liposuction can remove excess fat deposits in a variety of areas, while arm lift, breast lift, and face/neck lift treatments can address sagging skin in the upper body regions.
While body contouring procedures can often be ideal for people looking to take their newly slim physiques to the next level, the doctors caution that patients should keep some things in mind before considering plastic surgery after weight loss. They note that individuals should wait at least 12 to 18 months after the start of their diet and exercise regimen or their initial bariatric surgery to ensure they have reached their weight loss goals and that their weight is now stabilized. The Jacksonville plastic surgeons say not all patients will experience excess skin and fat in the same areas, and while one person may need a full lower body lift or a combination of procedures to address various problem areas, others may only need one or two treatments to meet their goals.
Overall, the doctors say individuals who have lost large amounts of weight should be extremely proud of their achievement. They note that the many advanced procedures available to enhance the skin and the body’s contours after weight loss can offer patients another positive step on their journey toward a slimmer, healthier, and firmer physique.
Florida Plastic Surgery Group
Dr. Ankit Desai, Dr. Michael Fallucco, and Dr. Joseph Parks at Florida Plastic Surgery Group offer a comprehensive selection of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures in the Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Middleburg area. Each surgeon at the practice has been recognized as a Top Doctor in Jacksonville Magazine. In addition to procedures designed to help patients recontour their bodies after weight loss, Florida Plastic Surgery Group offers a full range of both surgical and non-surgical treatment options, including facial rejuvenation, breast surgery, professional skin care, and other procedures. The doctors are available for interview upon request.
For more information about Florida Plastic Surgery Group, please visit plasticsurgeryjacksonville.com and facebook.com/pages/Florida-Plastic-Surgery-Group/80225914572.
Florida Plastic Surgery Group
14540 Old St. Augustine Rd. #2391
Jacksonville, FL 32258
2 Shircliff Way
Jacksonville, FL 32204
1658 St. Vincent’s Way, Suite 210
Middleburg, FL 32068