You don’t need to be told all the benefits of losing weight. They’re practically immeasurable – improved health, a more active lifestyle, and an enhanced self image. But what about those few downsides of weight loss, specifically the loose skin and flab that may still be left behind around your midsection and lower body? What can you do about those?
If you’ve lost a fair amount of weight and you schedule a time to talk with a plastic surgeon about your body contouring options, chances are good that both liposuction and a body lift may be presented as ways to improve your appearance. Oftentimes, a combination of these procedures, and even other procedures such as thigh lifts and arm lifts, is necessary to achieve your ideal look.
This procedure is the “gold standard” for body contouring. It’s chosen by thousands of people each year both for subtle contouring and more dramatic reshaping. My New Orleans liposuction patients generally have good skin tone overall but have stubborn pockets of fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise.
If you are considering this procedure, keep in mind that not all approaches are equally appropriate for every patient. Laser-assisted liposuction can get very good results for certain patients, but depending on your tissue quality and the location of your problem areas, you might be better off with a more traditional approach.
This is a much more extensive procedure than liposuction, but the results are also far more dramatic. A body lift involves re-sculpting the abdominal area, flanks, and thighs to slim down the mid-body and re-tighten loose skin.
In many cases, liposuction will be performed as part of a body lift. I always recommend the least invasive option possible to achieve my patients’ plastic surgery goals. If you are unhappy with the way your body looks after weight loss, it’s important to know your plastic surgery options and talk with a well-qualified plastic surgeon who can give you a better sense of which procedures make most sense for you.