How can I get rid of excess skin after dramatic weight loss?

For many people who have lost a significant amount of weight through weight-loss surgery, or through an impressive combination of diet and exercise, there can be an unwelcome side effect: folds of saggy skin. Once the skin has been stretched to a certain degree, it loses its elasticity and therefore cannot shrink back to fit the smaller body underneath. The result is skin that hangs in folds or droops, offering no support. Indeed, patients presenting at Mr Sudip Ghosh’s Milton Keynes clinic often say that while they enjoy the health benefits that weight loss brings, they feel as unhappy with their appearance as they were before. Fortunately, there are post weight loss surgical options that can help reshape the new, slimmer body.

What are my post weight loss surgical options?

The most common procedure is a tummy tuck during which a surgeon makes a long incision along the lower abdomen in order to tighten the abdominal muscles, and remove both excess fat and skin. For some patients, a circumferential abdominoplasty is required; here, the incision extends around the entire torso, enabling the surgeon to get rid of excess fat and improve muscle tone on those hard-to-tone areas – the buttocks, outer thighs and abdomen. This is also known as a lower body lift. Other options include thigh lifts, brachioplasty (arm reduction) and mastopexy (breast lift).

What happens at a cosmetic surgery consultation?

During an initial consultation, Milton Keynes surgeon Mr Sudip Ghosh and his team will first take your full medical history before conducting a thorough physical examination. After a discussion about your objectives, he will advise you on the surgical options appropriate to your individual shape and goals. He will explain the procedure in detail, outlining the potential risks and what scarring you should expect, and will encourage you to ask questions throughout.

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