Around 60 per cent of Australian adults are overweight or obese, with women spending $400 million a year on weight loss. But successful weight loss comes with its own set of challenges.
We’ve all experienced fluctuations in our weight due to diet and exercise, pregnancy or old age, but the impact significant weight loss has on our body can often be a confusing experience. Having achieved such a great goal, patients are often left with excess and sagging skin, the appearance of which has a detrimental effect on their confidence.
As a result of being stretched for such a long time, our skin often fails to shrink back to its former shape and size. Many people are left with multiple loose folds of skin around their abdomen, arms, thighs, breasts, buttocks and face.
The same is true of pregnancy, where women experience huge changes to their abdominal and breast area. Despite regular exercise and a healthy diet, muscles have stretched and separated and don’t always return to their pre-pregnancy appearance.
Many of my patients have achieved great weight loss results but are disappointed with the look and feel of excess skin that doesn’t seem to budge or want to adapt to their new body shape. Common side effects experienced include:
- Upper arms that sag
- Flattened or deflated breasts (and nipples that droop)
- Abdominal area that extends around the sides and into the lower back area, resulting in an apron-like overhang
- Buttocks, groin and thighs that sag and cause hanging pockets of skin
Naturally, you want to show off your new body, but excess skin can make you feel self-conscious and embarrassed. Fortunately, body contouring procedures are a great way to remove excess skin and smooth the underlying muscles. Common procedures include:
The results of these procedures are a firmer, more normal appearance to the body with smoother contours.
If you’re experiencing problems with excess skin or changes to your body after significant weight loss, it’s not something you have to live with. Consider whether a body contouring procedure could work for you.