As you continue progressing on your weight loss journey, you may begin to notice loose or excess skin in areas like your stomach, hips, thighs and arms. While it can be tempting to consider getting body contouring surgery as soon as it starts to become an issue, you will likely see the best results if you can hold off until you’ve come close to hitting your target weight.
When Is the Right Time for Surgery?
The ideal candidate for post-weight loss body contouring will be at or very close to his or her target weight.
The best time to get surgery to remove excess skin and tissue will depend on a number of factors, including how close you are to your final weight loss goal. While surgeries such as an abdominoplasty could be performed when you are pretty close to your goals, you may be in the position of needing a revision or “touch up” procedure down the road if you continue to lose weight. We prefer patients be within 20 lbs of their goal weight before having weight loss surgery.
What Are Your Post-Weight Loss Body Contouring Options?
While abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is one of the most popular post-weight loss body contouring procedures, it’s not your only option. Arm lifts, thigh lifts and lower body lifts are also common plastic surgery options after reaching a significant weight loss milestone.
When to Start Planning Post-Weight Loss Body Contouring
It is never too soon to choose a plastic surgeon and start planning your after-weight loss procedure, even if you’re still working on your weight loss goals. Many people find that having a post-weight loss body contouring plan in mind offers an extra boost of motivation to cross the line of their weight loss and fitness goals.
If you would like more information about post-weight loss body contouring or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us online or call our office at 916-983-9895.