Post-Weight Loss Contouring: Vanity or Health Concern?


Obesity or any amount of being overweight is a serious health concern as well as a cosmetic obstacle. Weight loss isn’t easy, and when you’ve finally achieved your goal weight, whether through dieting and exercise or bariatric surgery, the last thing you’ll want is to feel like you’ve made no progress at all because lingering excess skin hides your new body shape. That’s why so many men and women turn to post-weight loss body contouring to help them showcase their weight loss success, feel more positive about their bodies and alleviate the physical burden of excess skin.

The Burden of Baggy Skin

When it comes to post-weight loss body contouring, vanity is not the only motivator. In fact, some post-weight loss patients are left with so much excess skin that they are literally crippled under the weight of skinfolds and lingering subcutaneous tissue.

Paul Mason, the world’s former fattest man , was left with around one hundred pounds of excess skin after his gastric bypass, creating hygiene issues and preventing him from being fully mobile even after his massive weight loss.

Although Paul’s case is an extreme one, many other men and women are left with several pounds of excess skin after weight loss that can prevent them from fitting into comfortable clothes, cause chafing when they walk or otherwise burden their day-to-day life.

The Psychological Aspect of Post-Weight Loss Body Contouring

Weight loss is something that should be celebrated, and men and women who have finally reached a healthy weight should feel proud of their accomplishments. When your trimmer body shape is hidden by folds of skin that serve as a constant reminder of your former self, it can be difficult to move forward psychologically.

That’s why post-weight loss patients who get body contouring procedures may be more likely to keep weight off long-term than those who don’t undergo body contouring. When procedures like liposuction, body lifts and abdominoplasty can reveal a fitter shape after weight loss, finding the motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyles in order to keep their cosmetic results may come more easily.

The Cosmetic Aspect of Body Contouring

Finally, the cosmetic aspect of body contouring shouldn’t be discounted. A tummy tuck is one of the only ways for patients to enjoy a tight, youthful looking midsection after periods of significant weight gain or multiple pregnancies. For many, getting a tummy tuck can mean finally feeling confident in a bathing suit again, being able to enjoy intimacy with their partners free of feelings of self-consciousness, or fitting into those low-rise jeans or that special dress.

A lower body lift can enhance the thighs and buttocks in ways that aren’t possible with exercise alone, while an upper arm lift can bring strong, youthful contours to sagging upper arms that make you appear older or heavier than you are. There are many cosmetic advantages to post-weight loss body contouring that patients can benefit from for many years to come.

When Vanity and Health Overlap

The truth is, the benefits of post-weight loss body contouring are multifaceted. In this arena, vanity and health concerns can overlap, providing patients with results that improve their appearance while also alleviating a health or comfort issue. A thigh lift can streamline your legs for a fitter look while also eliminating chafing, for example, while a body lift can resolve hygiene issues caused by excessive skinfolds while simultaneously enhancing your body shape. When appearance and health are joint priorities, post-weight loss body contouring can help improve quality of life both physically and emotionally.

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