More and more people struggling with obesity are unable to achieve significant weight loss on their own and find themselves turning to bariatric surgery to reach a healthy weight. If you’ve finally reached your weight loss goals after a similar weight loss procedure, you might need body contouring, such as a tummy tuck, to remove the resulting folds of excess skin and bring your weight loss journey full-circle.
Eliminates Excess Skin
After rapid weight loss, you may be uncomfortable wearing certain clothing despite your significant achievement and feel frustrated that your weight loss doesn’t show because of the excess skin.
Beyond aesthetic reasons, the loose, heavy folds of skin that remain can be painful, irritating and lead to infection. Post-weight loss surgery can remove excess skin from almost any part of the body including the stomach, arms, legs and buttocks.
Repairs Abdominal Muscles
After years of obesity, the muscles of the abdominal wall become stretched, lax and separated. Reaching a healthy weight is great for your overall health but will do nothing to repair these muscles.
During a tummy tuck, the underlying abdominal muscles are tightened in addition to excess skin being removed. The result is a stronger, more stable core and a slimmer, firmer appearance of your stomach.
Encourages Long-Term Weight Maintenance
The benefits of body contouring surgery following significant weight loss extend beyond aesthetic improvement. Researchers have found that people who do not have excess skin removed after weight loss are less likely to maintain their weight loss long-term, making body contouring a decision that impacts not just appearances, but your overall health.