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Who Can Benefit from Body Contouring after Weight Loss?

Body contouring after weight loss in Chicago

After losing a substantial amount of weight in a relatively short period of time, it is quite discouraging to find that you are left with unflattering folds of skin that conceal your body contours. Instead of marveling over your leaner, fitter physique, you may be consumed by health issues and functional concerns related to the redundant skin.

Fortunately, an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Robert Galiano can remove the redundant skin, tighten the underlying tissues and help you recapture a more attractive figure.

Do I Need Body Contouring?

Body contouring surgery is beneficial if you experience any of the following problems due to extra skin:

Inability to participate in physical activities

Folds of extra loose skin and tissue can impede your ability to exercise comfortably or enjoy other physical activities like swimming, hiking or biking. Even taking long walks may be cumbersome with the weight and mass of excess skin.

Persistent skin problems

Excess skin is hard to keep clean and dry, particularly in areas such as the groin. You may experience chronic chafing, rashes, irritations or even ulcers in between the folds of skin. It might feel as though you constantly have open wounds that do not heal.

Poor body image

You may feel psychologically “weighed down” from the excess skin and tissue, which are physical reminders of the person you used to be. Although the number on the scale has changed, you may suffer from poor body image and low confidence because you cannot fully enjoy the weight loss results you worked so hard to achieve.

Difficulty finding clothes that fit

It might be challenging to find clothing that fits and flatters your body because of excess skin and tissue.

What Does Body Contouring Include?

Body contouring describes a group of procedures that remove excess skin and tighten the body’s tissues, creating smoother contours. Body contouring is always tailored to a patient’s specific areas of concern.

Circumferential body lift, which eliminates excess skin and tones the tissue of the abdomen, buttocks and thighs, is a popular body contouring procedure. Other targeted body contouring procedures include thigh lift and arm lift. Some women elect to undergo breast lift after weight loss to reposition flat, sagging breasts higher on the chest wall.

Learn More About Body Contouring

The first step toward more attractive body contours is a consultation with Dr. Galiano to discuss your goals. During the appointment, he will perform a complete physical examination and take your medical history to ensure body contouring is a safe option for you. Dr. Galiano will also advise of the procedure or procedures most likely to give you the results you are looking for, and answer all of your questions.

To request a consultation with Dr. Galiano, please call or email our office today.

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