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Removing Loose and Excess Skin After Weight Loss

Losing weight can be a life-altering experience and help a person regain both confidence and control in their life. With the physical benefits such as an improved lifespan, better heart health, and reduced risks of joint pain and diseases, losing weight can turn a person’s entire life around.

However, in cases of extreme and sudden weight loss, achieving this success can come with the penalty of loose and sagging skin. Loose skin can appear almost anywhere on the body where large amounts of fat have left, such as the stomach, chest, arms, and legs. This loose skin can be frustrating, as it can hide the hard-earned results of diet and exercise and cannot be changed on its own.

Fortunately, there are many cosmetic procedures that exist to help remove the permanent signs of excess skin. These procedures can help a person suffering from excess skin get back to their daily life, enjoy their hard-earned weight loss results, and avoid their side effects such as chafing, as well as difficulty adjusting comfortably to clothing. Here are some of the most common procedures for removing excess skin.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty helps to remove the loose and stretched skin that can form on the stomach after weight loss or pregnancy. Incisions are made along the hipbones discreetly to avoid showing any scarring, and skin is lifted and tightened for a more toned appearance. There are many variations of abdominoplasty based on your needs. Some may only seek a mini tummy tuck in Toronto to address minor loose skin, while others may need to get a more dramatic Fleur-De-Lis tummy tuck to remove large amounts of skin.

Lower Body Lift

The lower body lift is one of the most popular procedures for removing excess skin, as it is able to be performed in many areas of the body at the same time. Some of these areas can include:

  • Waist
  • Love handles
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs

Breast Lift

Breasts can sag for a number of reasons, whether it be due to aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. Whatever the reason, as the fat deposits disappear, the breasts can both decrease in size as well as sag.

A breast lift can help restore firmness and shape to the breasts and give them a more youthful appearance. In general, a breast lift procedure is performed by making small incisions and then reshaping the underlying tissues of the breasts while pulling up and tightening loose skin. There are multiple types of breast lifts available based on a person’s needs, such as a crescent lift, donut lift, lollipop lift, and anchor lift. Depending on the type of breast lift you undergo, the length of the incisions will vary, and nipples may need to be moved for a more natural final appearance.

Gynecomastia Surgery 

This procedure is popular among men, as losing excess weight can still leave the appearance of having “man boobs” despite having a toned chest beneath the surface. During this procedure, liposuction is performed to remove any stubborn fat and smooth out the surface. Then any loose and excess skin is removed from the area to allow for a toned, flat, and masculine appearance.

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