Weight loss, whether achieved through diet and exercise or weight loss surgery, can have a number of significant health benefits. Unfortunately, when the body experiences any substantial weight change there can be lingering effects that need to be addressed, as no amount of diet or exercise can correct those effects. Post weight loss surgery encompasses a number of procedures that can help alleviate the results of rapid weight loss and help you achieve a more toned and ideal shape.
No weight loss method is perfect. Inevitably, some areas stubbornly refuse to shed their fat. Usually these are areas that are difficult for exercise to target, like the knees and ankles, back and flanks, or the cheeks, chin and neck. Fat trapped between the skin and the muscle in these “problem areas” can be removed safely and effectively with liposuction. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Atlanta Plastic Surgery offer several different forms of liposuction to accommodate each patient’s individual needs. Water-assisted liposuction, for example, loosens the fat with a gentle stream of water and tumescent fluid, to reduce pain and swelling in sensitive areas, while ultrasound-assisted liposuction warms the area from the outside with highly focused sound-waves, for small, hard to reach areas that require the utmost precision.
Since the elasticity of skin diminishes with age, the loss of significant amounts of weight can leave stretched and sagging skin behind, particularly in the midsection. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can remove the excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tighten the skin that remains. Moreover, extra tissue in the abdomen can, over time, stretch and weaken the muscles of the abdominal wall. Once this occurs, no amount of healthy eating and physical activity will ever restore the midsection to the trim appearance it once had. Abdominoplasty can repair this damage and re-tighten the abdominal muscles to create a smooth and firm abdominal profile. It is, however, important to note that, while the results of a tummy tuck are long-lasting, the longevity of the results can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight.
If you are interested in learning more about Atlantic Plastic Surgery, P.C. or the plastic surgery procedures our plastic surgeons perform, contact us at one of our Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming, or Newnan offices. Additionally, we provide a variety of options for financing, including Care Credit®, in order to assist you. Please contact us with any questions you may have concerning the financial planning of your procedure and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news.