After a tremendous amount of weight loss, there is likely to be excess skin and fatty remaining tissue in the body. This situation usually occurs in specific areas in the body, such as the abdomen, back, buttocks, face, thighs, arms, breasts, etc. When this situation occurs, plastic surgical operations that are optimized for this type of situation are the best choice to reach the body you desire. These operations include breast reduction, full and mini tummy tuck, thigh lift, arm lift, facial rejuvenation, and several other procedures.
The patients are also able to undergo a combination of these procedures, such as a mommy makeover. Having such operations after weight loss may change your life completely. Because even if you lose weight, the remaining excess skin and fatted tissue may hinder you from wearing the clothes you desire or participating in some physical activities. You may also want to wear a bikini for your vacation for example, but excess skin and sagging body parts may be a great obstacle to this.
Another situation that may lead you to the need of having these surgeries is pregnancy. After pregnancy, there may occur sagging in the breasts and abdominal area, as well as arms, thighs, and buttocks. Mommy makeover, a combined procedure that is able to include the operations alined above, offers an opportunity to get rid of all of these problems at once.
What To Expect?
These surgical operations mainly aim to enhance the look of the body, by removing the excess skin and fatted tissue. Although some operations such as tummy tuck may also include liposuction that helps to get rid of the excess fat in the abdominal area, alongside excess skin and fatted tissue, most of these operations mainly aim to enhance the situation after weight loss and are optimized according to that aim. So, being close to your weight goal before having one or a combination of these surgeries is essential. It may also be safer to maintain a steady weight for three to six months before having these surgeries may help enhance the results and increase the success rate.
After a certain amount of weight loss, it is likely that the body will lack the beneficial nutrients that help heal the wounds and maintain overall health. To cope with this, the patient should maintain a healthy and nutritive diet, and avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
Avoiding alcohol and smoking is also necessary before the surgery, because all these procedures require general anesthesia, and undergoing a surgical operation while actively smoking or drinking increases the risks of these operations considerably.
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical operation that is carried out in order to decrease the volume of the abdominal area. The operation is considered plastic surgery so most insurance companies do not cover the cost of the operation. The basic procedure of the operation involves removing the excess fat mass in the area and then trimming the excess skin and the tissue in order to improve the look. Basically, there are two types of the tummy tuck. Which are; full tummy tuck, and mini tummy tuck.
While the full tummy tuck deals with both the upper and lower parts of the abdominal area, the mini tummy tuck only deals with the lower part of the abdominal area. The abdominal area is one of the most common body parts that have excess skin and fatty tissue after tremendous weight loss. The tummy tuck also includes liposuction so it is not a necessity to lose weight before having a tummy tuck surgery. However, it is not recommended to have a tummy tuck operation without losing weight, since there is a high possibility of fat recurring in the area.
Breast Reduction and Breast Lift
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure in which the excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed from the breasts. The candidates for this surgery are generally women with extremely sagged or large breasts. This surgery can be preferred in order to have more proportional, smaller, or uplifted breasts. Even though a person may have proportional breasts in normal, losing weight may change this situation.
Breasts also lose fat while you are losing weight, and this may result in excessive skin and tissue in the area. In order to cope with this, breast reduction surgery is likely to be the best option. The procedure also involves liposuction, which means you do not necessarily need to lose weight to have this surgery. Even though, as in tummy tuck, it is better to lose weight before undergoing such operation, since there is a possibility of recurring.
Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical operation that aims to make the breasts look more raised. This operation actually does not affect the size of the breasts, but it pretty much helps for a way better look. Breast lift is performed by removing loosened and excess skin, and tightening the tissues and the muscles around the breasts.
Arm and Thigh Lift
Arm lift and thigh lift are two separate surgeries, but since the procedure is almost the same, these two operations can be examined under one title. The arm or thigh lift operation is carried out by opening incision lines, stretching and trimming the excess skin, removing the excess fat if needed, tightening the muscles, and closing the incisions.
The operation may create a way bigger difference than you think, especially for the arms. It is almost unavoidable to have excess skin and fatted tissue in your arms after weight loss, so, an arm lift is one of the operations that almost everybody needs after a great amount of weight loss.
Buttock reduction is a plastic surgical operation that is carried out in order to decrease the volume in the area. The operation resembles the other operations listed above in terms of the method that is used. Liposuction, stretching and trimming. Although buttock reduction isn’t one of the most popular operations that are preferred after weight loss, it is definitely a useful and effective one.
Liposuction in Specific Areas
Weight loss may not always give you the results you desire. Some areas of the body may remain fatty even if you lose tremendous amounts of weight. These areas can be considered immune areas, and can only be corrected via liposuction. Liposuction is a plastic surgical operation that is carried out in order to remove the fat mass in the desired area.
There are several types of liposuction, such as VASER and laser liposuction, and the procedure is considered a very effective operation. The basic procedure of liposuction is opening an incision, inserting a device that is used to remove the excess fat and store it into a tube, clearing the area, and closing the incision.
Mommy makeover is a combined surgical operation that may involve different operations, such as tummy tuck and breast reduction. The procedure may consist of different combinations, and there are more than ten operations that can be combined into a mommy makeover procedure. The most popular ones of these operations are;
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reduction
- Tummy Tuck
- Buttock Augmentation
- Arm Lift
- Thigh Lift
These operations can be combined as two or more and can be done at once. Also, some procedures may require several surgical operations when combined. Mommy makeover is a very popular procedure and it is actually very effective since it can be customized due to the needs and desires of the patient.