Body Lift Surgery-Challenges, procedures and what patients need to look for after Major Weight Loss before opting for a Body Lift Surgery
Significant weight loss is normal these days. People lose weight significantly often more than 50% of their body weight. It is scientifically known as “massive weight loss.”
There are many ways of weight loss such as dieting, dietary improvements, counter pills, paranormal methods such as bulimia and bariatric surgery.
Even after a major weight loss, people end up with loose and sluggish skin, lax muscles, unusually formed protuberances, and traces of fatty tissue (bags containing fatty acids and triglycerides) remain in the form of flaps and unforeseen folds, pleats, puckers and creases.
According to the Pittsburgh rating scale, there are ten anatomical areas undergoing maximum changes after excessive weight loss
- Mons pubis
- Inner thighs
- Hips and lateral thighs
- Lower thighs and knees
there are two other areas that get significantly affected face and neck and hair loss.
The deformities range from
Grade 0: indicates the presence is within the normal range.
Grade 1: is moderate deformity that may require a minimal invasive procedure.
Grade 2: is a mild deformity that frequently includes correctional surgery and
Grade 3: is a serious deformity involving several procedures.
What happens when you lose weight quickly?
Weight loss not only causes volume loss, but also has a negative effect on skin collagen, which decreases skin elasticity and consistency.
What that means is that when you stretch the skin, it usually recoils back automatically, but when elastin and collagen are decreased, the skin does not recede back and keeps stretching while you keep pulling.
How to Lose Weight Correctly?
Men have the advantage that they can build up muscles and beef in the chest, arms, back and thighs, making the skin firmer.
Since you can not strengthen the muscles in these areas, the only problem area remains: the abdomen, face and neck.
Women have more challenges; they cannot be greatly improved to deter males. However, I suggest they develop chest, back, arms and thighs in their muscles.
What happens after massive weight loss?
Face and neck: As weight gains, fat cells increase face and neck and stretch the skin, while volume decreases and skin decreases as you lose weight.
Facial and neck: The face can appear gaunt and emaciated, and the neck develops loose skin folds like a turkey neck.
Chest in Men: Men develop a disorder called pseudogynecomastia , where the skin stings along with residual fat bags and gives the appearance of man’s breasts.
Breasts: Extensive thinning and sagging breasts develop loose folds in bra roll areas.
Abdomen: Both males and females form folds and rolls of skin in the stomach region, often one or two, and in many cases three rolls. Not only is the skin saggy in the vertical direction, it has excess skin in the horizontal direction.
Often the underlying muscle is stretched out and weak as well.
Mons Pubis: There are major variations in the mons area with hanging skin, drooping genitals, buried penis, etc.
Back and Buttocks: Several folds form in the back and the buttocks are wrinkled and distorted.
Hip fat and skin form rolls and folds laterally.
Thighs and knees: excess skin grows in thighs, both circumferentially and vertically, causing sagging, skin folds, cellulites, and irregular protuberances.
The kneecap disappears due to the stretching of the skin around the knees.
Arms: In the same way, flabs like “bat wings” grow and skin folds develop above the elbows.
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