The Skinny on Body Contouring After Weight Loss

Weight loss, as a result of exercise and dieting alone, or due to surgery, can be a wonderful and empowering thing. However, many people are under the impression that simply losing weight is all they need to do in order to achieve the aesthetic and health results they desire, and often, this is just not the case.

When the body’s tissues and skin are not elastic enough to fit your reduced body size, it can create sagging areas around the arms, drooping fat armsthighs, breasts and stomach. This sagging skin can hide your new, trimmer figure and create the unattractive appearance of extra weight, even when the fat is no longer there. For this reason, plastic surgery aimed at body contouring is more popular than ever, with tummy tucks and thigh lift procedures rising over 70% since 2000, and breast lifts (a top procedure since 2006), rising as well.

Body contouring surgically removes excess skin and fat, while also improving the tone and shape of underlying tissue. Roughly one in five, or about 20% of patients, who undergo weight loss surgery require some kind of body contouring afterwards. Sagging skin can be painful while exercising, and exercise is an important component of maintaining a healthy, toned body. It can also result in body image insecurities, despite any success of the initial weight loss surgery itself.

If you have lost a lot of weight, I recommend that you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon at an accredited facility to see if you might be a good candidate for body contouring. The more informed you are about your health and your body, the more satisfaction you’ll receive from any weight loss or cosmetic surgery. Connect with us today at Marina Plastic Surgery and come in for a consultation. Congratulations on the new you!

Cheers, WGS

About Dr. Grant Stevens

W. GRANT STEVENS, MD, FACS Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery University of Southern California Dr. Grant Stevens is the founder and Medical Director of Marina Plastic Surgery and the Orange Twist Institute, a Medical Spa in Marina Del Rey, California. He is also a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Southern California, Chairman of the USC-Marina Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship and the Director of the USC Division of Aesthetic Surgery. He has been elected by his peers into "The Guide to Top Doctors" and Castle Connolly's "Top Doctor Guide," recognizing him as one of the best plastic surgeons in America and one of the select few to be featured in "Plastic Surgery: The World's Top Surgeons & Clinics." Dr. Stevens is an active member at Marina Del Rey Hospital, where he is the past Chairman of the Department of Surgery, the Chairman of the Liposuction Committee and the Medical Director of The Breast Center. He is also on staff at St. John's Medical Center, the Marina Outpatient Surgery Center and USC. Dr. Stevens is on the board of directors of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, serving as president elect. He is also third vice president and on the board of directors of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Dr. Stevens graduated with honors from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis where he was awarded the Senior Prize in Surgery. He completed his general surgery training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center then returned to Washington University-Barnes Hospital where he completed a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Paul Weeks, Dr. Leroy Young, Dr. Tom Mustoe, Dr. Jeffrey Marsh and Dr. R. Christie Wray. He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. He was appointed by the governor of California to the Medical Board of California Medical Quality Review Board. Dr. Stevens is an ASAPS and ISAPS Traveling Professor and has been an invited visiting professor at numerous U.S. and international universities. Dr. Stevens has authored more than 90 articles and chapters on aesthetic plastic surgery. He has also lectured at numerous international, national and regional meetings. Dr. Stevens is a member of many medical societies, including ASAPS, ISAPS, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. Dr. Stevens is the past Chairman of the California Medical Association Advisory Panel on Plastic Surgery. He received the California State Assembly and the California State Senate Certificate of Recognition. He has also received the Special Congressional Certificate of Recognition and the Distinguished Service Citation from the Medical Board of California. He has been interviewed for articles that have appeared in many media, including Time, USA Today, People, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Vogue, Allure, Cosmetic Surgery Times, Business Week, Men's Fitness, LA Times Magazine, Discovery and numerous newspapers. He has appeared on more than 125 television programs including CNN, Discovery, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, The Learning Channel, PBS Nightly Business Report and many other TV and radio interviews.

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