Is A Lower Body Lift Or Tummy Tuck Best After Weight Loss?

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Now that you’ve finally reached your weight loss goal, you deserve to celebrate! If you’re like many weight loss patients, however, you may not feel like partying just yet. Loose skin, hanging folds, and stubborn fat are common side effects of weight loss and often keep men and women from enjoying - and showing off - the results of all their hard work. For these patients, cosmetic surgery offers the life-changing solution to complete an extreme weight loss transformation and finally get the slim, tight, natural-looking figure they desire. Board-certified plastic surgeon and after weight loss surgery expert Dr. Kamal Sawan, along with the acclaimed team at Sawan Surgical Aesthetics, are proud to help men and women achieve their ultimate goals with after weight loss surgery in Oklahoma City, OK. Learn more about two of the most popular body contouring procedures for weight loss patients here, and find out which one may be most appropriate for you.

How to get rid of excess skin after weight loss

Without a doubt, loose skin is one of the most common and frustrating complaints that people have about their bodies after extreme weight loss. Because the skin has been stretched out so severely, and for such a long period of time, it can be exceptionally difficult - if not impossible - for it to snap back to its original shape. Even a healthy diet and consistent exercise, though absolutely beneficial, are like to be ineffective when it comes to tightening skin after weight loss. Try not to get discouraged, though; cosmetic surgery can help! Some of the most common procedures performed for patients looking to reverse the side effects of extreme weight loss include:

Depending on your anatomy, needs, goals, and other personal factors, Dr. Sawan may recommend one or more of the above body contouring procedures to help you get the stunning figure you desire. For many men and women, two of these procedures – the lower body lift and tummy tuck – are particularly beneficial after weight loss. So, which one do you need most? We’re glad you asked!

What does a lower body lift include?

The lower body lift is a highly transformative body contouring procedure that aims to resculpt the abdomen, buttocks, lower flanks, backs, and upper thighs through skin removal, fat reduction, skin tightening, and other complex surgical methods. In many cases, a lower body lift is performed as one of the final steps in after weight loss surgery, though it can also be beneficial for patients who have experienced the unwanted side effects of aging, pregnancy, or genetics. In broad terms, patients can expect to enjoy many of the benefits of these individual procedures during the more extensive lower body lift:

  • Tummy tuck/celebrity tummy tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Butt lift
  • Skin tightening
  • Skin removal

It is important to note that lower body lift surgery does not explicitly include thigh lift surgery. However, the majority of lower body lift patients often end up with tighter, firmer upper thighs as a result of the skin removal and skin tightening effects of the procedure.

What does a tummy tuck do?

Formally known as abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is a more isolated procedure compared with lower body lift surgery, focusing primarily on the midsection itself. However, the benefits of tummy tuck surgery – both cosmetic and functional – can truly be life-changing. Some of the most frequently cited complaints that can be addressed and/or corrected with tummy tuck surgery include:

  • Loose skin
  • Wrinkled stomach
  • Muffin top
  • Love handles
  • Hanging skin
  • Diastasis recti
  • Ventral hernia
  • Stress urinary incontinence

Tummy tuck vs. lower body lift after weight loss

While tummy tuck surgery provides a host of valuable benefits for after weight loss patients, many men and women wonder whether they may be better suited to lower body lift surgery. Ultimately, the choice between the two procedures is best made after an in-depth consultation with Dr. Sawan, at which time he will perform an examination, discuss your goals, and explain all of your surgical options in detail.

Generally speaking, lower body lift does aim to complete a more full-body transformation compared with tummy tuck surgery, making the procedure fitting for patients with concerns regarding the abdomen, flanks, buttocks, thighs, and more. For men and women whose concerns are more confined to the midsection specifically, a tummy tuck may be a more fitting option.

Complete your extreme weight loss transformation in Oklahoma City with tummy tuck, lower body lift, or another exciting procedure

Everyone’s body, journey, and goals are remarkably unique. With this in mind, internationally recognized board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kamal Sawan takes great care to customize each after weight loss plan to meet the patient’s personal and individual needs. To learn more about a tummy tuck and lower body lift after weight loss, including which one may be right for you, call Sawan Surgical Aesthetics to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Sawan today!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.