A Shout-Out to Post Weight Loss Patients!November 29th, 2012
by Dr. Lori Saltz
It takes determination, perseverance, and dedication to lose weight. The feat is particularly satisfying when you’ve been carrying around the extra pounds for years and finally made that lasting commitment to change. You deserve recognition for how great you look, but more importantly, the effort you’ve made may actually have prolonged, or even saved, your life.
Most likely the weight loss has enhanced your energy levels, giving you the vigor and vitality you need to enjoy life to the fullest. Chances are you’ve reduced your blood pressure, lowered your cholesterol, and balanced your blood sugar levels, all benefits that significantly impact your longevity and reduce the odds that you’ll have a stroke or heart attack or develop diabetes because of poor health.
We congratulate you on your success! Your new, slimmer, lighter physique is proof of the strength you possess. You’ve earned the right to walk on the beach or through a cocktail party with complete confidence in your body. But you still may have doubts about showing off your dramatic weight loss because of the sagging skin left behind; the older and heavier you were, the more likely it is that your skin did not recover from years of stretching.
To complete your weight loss transformation, our team of surgeons can help you with one or more surgical procedures to contour your body. For example, a body lift is ideally suited to complement your amazing accomplishment—a just reward for all your hard work. This procedure gives you the flat abdomen, tight buttocks, and smooth back you want to show off your new, smaller clothes. A recent study reviewed in the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) found that the majority of patients who underwent body contouring surgery after weight loss reported an improved quality of life.
Once you’ve lowered your body mass index, or BMI, to a normal range, you’ll be a candidate for surgery. A body lift is performed under general anesthesia, and the risk of complications is far less when your BMI is in the normal range. When you fit into this category, the time may be right for a new body after losing weight. If you’re a pop culture fan, you probably know that many of the contestants on TV’s Biggest Loser have completed their metamorphosis with surgery, too.
You’ll need to take a little time for recovery after a body lift, as it is a complex procedure. Plan on two to three days with professionally supervised recovery either at home (in-home nurse) or at the hospital or recovery center. You can be back to work in 10-14 days, but it will be four to six weeks before you can return to your regular activities. This is life-changing surgery, so don’t underestimate the time your body will need to heal. If you have concerns about other areas of your body, there are surgical procedures after weight loss that can target them too, such as a thigh lift, arm lift, or breast lift.
So pick a date and plan your new—perhaps revealing—wardrobe. Let the capable, board certified professionals at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre be a part of your complete transformation.