12th Jul 2016

shutterstock_446696167In order to get the tighter, toned body you dream of, you might be working hard to lose weight. But when you lose weight too quickly and too much, the opposite happens—you get excess sagging fat and loose skin.

Dramatic weight loss makes your skin saggy because your skin and tissue lack the suppleness to spring back to the suddenly decreased body size. This situation can potentially trigger additional health conditions besides making your self-esteem drop.

If you have loose, sagging skin after abrupt and severe weight loss, there is good news for you: you can get rid of the condition with the help of body contouring. This plastic surgery procedure eliminates the extra fat and skin in addition to enhancing the structure of the core support tissue. As a result, you will get a normal body figure with a smooth silhouette.

The goal of body contouring is to restore your self-confidence by reinstating your attractiveness through removal of sagging skin in several regions of your body. The procedure can be performed on the face, neck, buttocks, arms, tummy, thighs, and breasts. While there is scarring at the surgical sites after the body contouring procedure, patients accept this as the opportunity cost of the benefits of enhanced contours.


When to consider body contouring

  • If you have experienced rigorous and rapid weight loss
  • If your skin has become saggy in many regions of your body, such as your face, arms, buttocks, and belly
  • If your weight has been stable for at least eighteen months after bariatric surgery, workouts, or dieting


Advantages of body contouring after weight loss

  • The procedure will get rid of the sagginess of your skin
  • You will be able to fit better into your clothes
  •    You will get rid of extra loose skin that may be creating pain, itches, infections, and rashes
  • Your body will become beautiful with an enhanced shape and contours
  • Your self-confidence will receive a boost, which will help you succeed in life


  • The outcomes of body contouring may not necessarily meet or surpass your expectations
  • The procedure will leave you with scarring, which will not completely disappear, though it can become less visible

Candidacy for body contouring

In order to be a good candidate for the body contouring procedure, you must be in good health, have realistic expectations of the procedure, have a personal goal to achieve, and have weight-loss-induced sagging and loose skin. It is also important to have a stable weight for at least eighteen months before the procedure. If you want to gain the maximum benefit from body contouring, avoid having the procedure for at least two years after your abrupt weight loss.

You should also make sure to stop smoking a few months before the procedure, because it can slow down post-surgical healing. Also, you must be willing to manage your weight after body contouring. There are several other factors that your plastic surgeon will take into consideration while assessing your candidacy for body contouring.


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