ABC News released an article which revealed that 108 million people are on a diet each year in the United States and that 220,000 people sought bariatric surgery in 2009 in an attempt to get rid of excess weight. With these numbers being so high, it is quite apparent that weight loss is a major issue in our country and many people struggle with the numbers they see on the scale. In some cases, people will habitually diet and try a variety of exercise programs only to lose the weight and gain it back, or give up and start all over again. Yet, there are a plethora of cases where people actually make the commitment, stick to it, and reach their target weight. In these cases, much is to be celebrated as individuals have set off on the road to better health and well-being.
Excess Skin, an Underlying Issue
If you’ve recently lost a lot of weight and reached your weight loss goal, we congratulate you and your achievement. However, if you’re like many others who have lost a great deal of weight, even though you’ve shed the pounds, you may be confronting another battle; excess skin.
It is very common for people who lose a significant amount of weight to be left with sagging skin and fat. The reason for this is that your skin’s elasticity has been stretched due to the weight you were once carrying on your body. Even though your body is smaller now, your skin cannot “bounce back” as its elasticity is diminished and will remain stretched. You may notice that skin around your arms is loose, the skin surrounding your mid-section may droop around your sides and lower back, your thighs and the area around your lower buttocks may dip, and if you’re a woman your breasts may hang lower than you’d like. At a time when you should be feeling on top of the world and ecstatic about how you look, your excess skin may make you feel less than confident about your new body.
Continuing Your Journey toward a Better Appearance
Thankfully, your journey toward looking and feeling better can continue if you choose to further reinvent your body by undergoing plastic surgery after weight loss procedures such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift, or even body lift. These surgical procedures are excellent options after weight loss as they not only remove excess skin and fat, but also improve the overall shape and tone of the tissue that supports your skin. After these surgeries are performed, you will have smoother, tighter skin, improved body shape, and a boost in confidence.
Your journey doesn’t have to stop after your surgery, either. Once you’ve recovered and are given permission from your plastic surgeon, you can implement an exercise program to make further gains to your appearance. A balanced exercise regime that includes cardio and strength straining will tighten connective tissue under your skin and improve your muscle tone, allowing you to take your physique to the next level. With a combination of plastic surgery and regular exercise, you’ll not only look better, you’ll feel better, too.