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Further Reinventing Your Body with Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss

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.

Top 10 Bariatric Tips From the RealSelf Community

bariatric-surgery-tipsCommunity support is often crucial with any weight-loss journey. Thanks to the power of the Internet, people are increasingly finding support entirely outside their local networks, and meeting with like-minded people online. The cosmetic surgery website RealSelf.com is one such place, where users support each other through their struggles. A recent post on the site highlighted 10 tips from various community members who have undergone gastric bypasses, a form of bariatric surgery that often precedes body contouring surgery.

1. Follow your doctor’s advice. Quit smoking, follow a set exercise routine, take your medication regularly, and whatever else your doctor recommends. Your body will thank you.

2. Do an honest self-evaluation. Sometimes it helps to take a close look at your body, habits, and routines. What do you want, what do you need, and what can you leave behind?

3. Have the right attitude. My best advice is to be practical but optimistic – “keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground.”

4. Drink a lot of water. H2O is beyond important. Put away those sugary drinks and pick up some cold, refreshing water, especially when exercising.

5. Don’t rush back into eating. After gastric bypass surgery, patients need to abide with liquid and puréed foods for some time. It’s important to ease the transition back into regular eating habits.

6. Change your eating habits for good. “Say to yourself, this food does not taste as good as skinny feels,” says RealSelf user Cindy.

7. Learn coping mechanisms. “You have to see someone and really spend serious time talking about what to expect when you have slimmed down,” says Cynthia J. “You will still have your issues with self worth but you will learn to have your coping mechanisms.”

8. Join a support group. Many doctors offer support groups where patients can talk about their experiences. This is especially important for bariatric patients, who have a long and rocky road to full recovery.

9. Realize that surgery is only a tool. Proper diet and exercise are still essential. You can still be unhealthy, even after a gastric bypass, if you don’t take the right steps.

10. Determine if it’s “worth it.” This is a question that every prospective patient has to ask. After massive weight loss, patients often find that they are left with excess skin, and require body contouring procedures such as the breast lift, body lift, and tummy tuck. Where will your journey take you?