Losing weight is a major accomplishment. It may take a lot of hard work and it most definitely takes a heap of commitment. When we set out to reach a goal weight, we usually have an image of ourselves in mind. To be at a goal weight means we’ll have certain contours. In reality, most people’s journey doesn’t end with those perfect curves. It often ends with a little wanting and a particular sense of disappointment. While we can be happy about becoming slimmer and healthier, we may need to take additional steps to feel amazing about our appearance. Here, we discuss what you might do if your weight loss journey has left you wanting.
If you’ve lost weight through diet and exercise habits, why on Earth would you now consider liposuction? For some people, it might feel like a matter of pride to continue adjusting and refining their physique without outside help. What matters the most is achieving a goal, not the way in which the goal was achieved. Weight loss isn’t always predictable. You may have lost the pounds, but now where you expected. This is not uncommon. Many of our patients who schedule liposuction do so because their weight loss didn’t involve all areas they had hoped. The body can naturally hold on to fat in certain areas, like the thighs, hips, stomach, even the backs of the arms or the chin. Liposuction is a minimally-invasive surgery that provides near-instant results that can last indefinitely with the healthy habits the patient puts into place.
Depending on age, the amount of weight lost, and life experiences, some people who lose weight are left with loose and sagging skin. Women who have had children may struggle to completely tone their midsection due to the muscle stretching or separation that occurred during pregnancy. Muscles that are no longer strongly attached at the midline of the abdomen can be extremely difficult to repair with exercise. Abdominoplasty may be advantageous in this situation, as well as situations in which the skin no longer has the necessary elasticity to bounce back naturally. The tummy tuck procedure provides dramatic reshaping because it remodels the underlying musculature of the abdomen, then trims the excess skin and a thin layer of fatty tissue over it. Tummy tuck surgery is customized to the individual to address only the extent of tightening that is needed. Some people achieve their best results with a mini tummy tuck. Others need more extensive reshaping that includes a full tummy tuck and liposuction.
Plastic surgery can be the grand finale of your weight loss journey. The first step is to consult with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Dahan is well-known for his knowledge and surgical skill. During your consultation, he ensures that you feel comfortable and well-informed as you navigate your surgical options. To schedule a visit to our Reno office, contact us at (775) 826-4477.