When it comes to major weight loss, the first big obstacle is shedding the pounds. In an ideal world, immediately after that big hurdle, a person would be able to step confidently into swimwear. Unfortunately, many people who lose significant weight have one more obstacle to overcome before they can feel great about the way they look: loose skin. While loose skin is not typically a problem with mild weight loss (10 or 20 pounds), people who lose 50 to 100 pounds or more may find that their skin doesn’t shrink back down once the fat is lost. This can be particularly disappointing after all the hard work and effort that goes into losing the weight.
What factors cause loose skin after weight loss?
Loose skin doesn’t plague everyone after weight loss. Generally, the more weight lost, the higher the likelihood that sagging skin will remain, but this is not always the case. Some people who lose upwards of 200 pounds find that their skin springs back after they’ve shed the excess fat. In other cases, people who lose just 50 pounds wind up with excess skin that will not return to normal without intervention. There are a few different factors that can cause loose skin after weight loss. These include:
- Age – Collagen and elastin production slow down with age, making skin more prone to sagging
- Genetics – Some people inherit skin that’s less (or more) prone to sagging
- Smoking – Smoking damages collagen and elastin, so people who smoke are more likely to have skin that sags
Of course, every person is different. There is no hard and fast rule for why one person has sagging skin and another doesn’t. What’s more important is the question of how to get rid of the excess skin so you can finally enjoy the new body you’ve worked so hard for.
How to tighten loose skin after weight loss
If you do a quick internet search for cosmetic procedures for tightening loose skin, you’ll probably come across a number of laser skin tightening treatments offered by dermatologists or medial spas. While these treatments can work to treat minor skin laxity on the face, neck, décolletage or other areas, they don’t usually work on the large amounts of excess skin that remain after weight loss. Of course, if your dermatologist believes your skin will respond favorably to these laser treatments, then you may want to give them a try. In most cases, however, surgical removal of the excess skin is the best way to improve your body contours so you can feel good in whatever you wear. At Feel Beautiful in San Diego, Dr. Laverson’s Body Lift provides the best possible skin tightening and body sculpting results for patients who have lost weight.
What is Dr. Laverson’s Body Lift?
Dr. Laverson’s Body Lift is a special combination of dermolipectomy (skin tightening and body sculpting) procedures designed to remove excess skin and refine the body contours for a more attractive appearance. Although the word dermolipectomy is most often associated with the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdominal area during a tummy tuck, it can refer to the same type of procedure done anywhere on the body.
No two bodies are exactly the same, so not everyone experiences loose skin in the same areas. As with all other cosmetic procedures, Dr. Laverson customizes each Body Lift according to the needs of the individual. A customized Body Lift with Dr. Laverson may involve any combination of the following dermolipectomy procedures:
- Buttock lift
- Thigh lift
- Tummy tuck
- Pubic region lift
- Breast lift
- Arm lift
- Face lift
Additional procedures can be done to enhance your Body Lift. These may include breast implants or fat transfer for a curvier body contour, dermal fillers for a more youthful appearance, or the tightening of connective tissues for a trim and toned abdominal area. Not only does Dr. Laverson have a keen eye for aesthetic beauty, but he also has the skill and experience needed to sculpt your sexiest you.
Ready to get rid of loose skin so you can shed those layers and show off your curves?
If you’ve shed pounds and are now ready to shed the excess skin that’s holding back your sexy confidence, Dr. Laverson can help. His surgical precision and commitment to excellence, as well as his dedication to patient comfort and satisfaction have earned him a reputation as one of San Diego’s best plastic surgeons. For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Laverson, call Feel Beautiful at 858-295-4001 today.
Tighten Loose Skin After Weight Loss in San Diego at Feel Beautiful
You’ve accomplished the hard part: Losing extra pounds. You deserve to feel good in the skin you’re in! During your consultation at Feel Beautiful Aesthetic Wellness and Plastic Surgery, Dr. Laverson will examine your areas of concern, consider your aesthetic goals, and propose the best body contouring solutions that work for you.