There’s no feeling quite like standing on the scales and realizing you’ve met your goal body weight.
After months of disciplined nutrition and exercise, the feeling of accomplishment is truly one to be celebrated.
Nonetheless, the hard fact remains that when the human body loses significant amounts of fatty tissue, our skin can be unpleasantly stretched without the ability to return to its former state. This issue is particularly problematic for the abdominal region, where stretched skin from significant weight loss causes loose, flabby skin folds which don’t do your hard work justice.
Fortunately, there are cosmetic procedures available to eliminate this excess skin. Here, Dr. Sayed discusses the options available to patients who have done the hard work but now need to add final touch-ups to their physique.
What causes loose skin after weight loss?
The human skin is our largest organ.
It is the first barrier between our bodies and the outside world, meaning it protects us from all manner of pathogens and illnesses. Composed of structural proteins, our skin grows and adapts to our body size and weight.
When we gain an excessive amount of weight, our skin compensates by stretching over the larger surface area. However, there is a point of no return, and once stretched too far, our skin loses its elastic properties and can’t return to its original formation.
This leaves loose skin in the areas that shrink after weight loss and pregnancy. As such, cosmetic surgeons must surgically remove the excess skin to provide a tight, smooth skin surface in these regions.
Abdominoplasty – The Tummy Tuck
The most common treatment for stretched skin after weight loss is the tummy tuck. A well-known procedure, the tummy tuck removes excess skin from the lower abdominal region to tighten up the entire area.
Not only does a tummy tuck provide a more aesthetically pleasing belly, but it offers structural support to the abdominal organs and lower back, which Improves the health and quality of life of the patient while making them look better at the same time.
In many cases, women who have given birth also consider an abdominoplasty or a more comprehensive approach to tightening their post-natal body with a mommy makeover, which includes a breast lift and can also include vaginal rejuvenation.
After doing the hard work and losing your excess body weight, you deserve to reward yourself with a physique that reflects your determined, empowered self. If you find yourself concerned with excess abdominal skin post fat loss, a tummy tuck with Dr. Tim Sayed in Newport Beach or La Jolla, CA, can help you realize the physique you deserve. Please don’t hesitate to reach out on 18582472933 or via this online form to arrange a quick virtual consultation to discover how we can help you look and feel your best.