Significant weight loss can be a huge undertaking that’s years in the making. Whether through surgery or diet and exercise alone, when someone loses 50, 80, or 100 lbs. or more, their body has gone through an extreme change. Unfortunately, one of the most common side effects is loose, hanging excess skin. This skin can be anywhere on the body, but it tends to accumulate most around the lower torso and buttocks. Fortunately, a lower body lift can remove excess skin for a more comfortable and attractive appearance.
If you have put in the hard work of losing a significant amount of weight, you owe it to yourself to get rid of any excess skin that’s been hanging around. Look and feel the way you want to feel! Below, we’ve outlined five of the top benefits of a lower body lift after weight loss.
We want to note right away that a lower body lift is not a weight loss procedure. That is, this surgery is not intended to help you lose fat.
On the other hand, because we will be removing excess skin and fatty tissue from your body — and because skin and tissue weigh something — once you’ve healed, you will see a lower number on the scale. Many patients see a weight loss from between 5 to 15 pounds after their lower body lift cosmetic surgery. This is often a great boon as patients continue their weight loss journey.
Many weight loss patients are extremely frustrated about the fact that they exercise regularly but still can’t see their muscles. The truth about muscles, however, is that they will not be visible if they are covered up with loose skin and fatty tissue. Therefore, no matter how much you exercise and how diligent you are with your diet, sometimes, it’s impossible to see the size and contours of your muscles.
A lower body lift, however, can take away that excess tissue and fat, revealing the beautiful contours of the muscles you’ve worked hard for. Many patients decide to also get liposuction to help shape and contour their body, and this can emphasize their muscles even more.
If you have loose skin on your stomach, thighs, and elsewhere, you know how frustrating it can be shopping for clothes. Fitting loose skin into your clothing is not only cumbersome and frustrating, but it’s also uncomfortable.
Many men and women find themselves choosing bulky, oversize clothing to accommodate the excess skin when they would really prefer to wear trendier, form fitting styles. With a lower body lift, which includes a tummy tuck, this issue is taken care of.
Like shopping for clothes, exercising can be difficult with excess skin on your body. The folds of skin on your stomach mean added weight, which makes it harder to run, jog, cycle, or swim. Even doing a simple exercise like a stomach crunch can be limiting because you’re not able to fully contract your abdominal muscles when you have loose skin in the way.
Fortunately, a lower body lift can ameliorate this issue by eliminating loose skin and giving you free reign to fully exert and exercise your body the way you want to.
Last, but not least, a lower body lift is going to transform your self-confidence. Time and again, patients who have achieved significant weight loss say they wish they would’ve gone in for a lower body lift far sooner. This procedure can literally give you your life back by making you feel happy and proud of your body.
Often, patients will find it takes some time (in addition to the lower body lift recovery process) to become “familiar” with their body again after surgery. But once you start to get more in tune with your new contours and body shape, we know you’ll find that it’s still you in there; you just now you have the body you are meant to have — and the one you’ve worked hard for.
Lower body lift surgery to correct sagging skin after significant weight loss tends to cost around $8,000 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This sum does not include the cost of anesthesia costs or hospital / surgical facility fees, however.
While a lower body lift is not a plastic surgery that is meant to help you lose weight (fat), because the skin that will be removed has weight to it, you will actually see the numbers go down on the scale after your surgery. The average lower body lift female after weight loss may lose around 5 to 15 lbs. of skin, depending on their size and shape before surgery.
This depends. If you lose only a small amount of weight (between five and 10 pounds, for example), it is unlikely to affect your lower body lift results after surgery.
On the other hand, we always recommend getting to your goal weight (in terms of percentage of body fat) prior to surgery so that your surgical results are not greatly affected.
When it comes to lower body lift vs tummy tuck surgery, many people get confused. But, in fact, the two are not the same. In a way, a lower body lift includes a tummy tuck because it addresses all loose skin on the lower half of the body. Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a procedure that removes loose skin (and fat) from the abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles.
We’d love to help you look and feel your best after your amazing weight loss achievement. Call today to schedule a private consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Aric Aghayan.
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