If you’ve lost a large amount of weight, you should feel proud of your accomplishment! However, too many people struggle with how they look after massive weight loss because instead of being slim and trim, there may still be stubborn areas of fat or large amounts of loose skin. If this is something you’re struggling with, you may be considering a cosmetic procedure as you come to the end of your weight loss journey, but you don’t know which option is right for you. To help, our plastic surgeon in Raleigh is breaking down how the two differ and which option may be best to help you get the results you want.
What Is Lipo 360?
Liposuction is a way to surgically remove stubborn areas of fat that diet and exercise don’t seem to get rid of. Typically, it is performed on one area of the body, in an isolated way to achieve a smaller size, such as having excess fat on the hips or belly.
Lipo 360, also called circumferential trunk liposuction, is a type of liposuction that doesn’t just target one area of the body. Instead, fat is removed around the belly, sides, and back to create an overall smoother, trimmer shape. In addition to removing the fat, Dr. Ortiz will sculpt and contour the area, focusing on the trunk as a whole, rather than an isolated area. The result is a more sculpted, sleek physique.
Lipo 360 After Weight Loss
Even if you’ve reached your goal weight, you may still have areas of fat that don’t go away, no matter how much you work out. This is common, but it is certainly frustrating after you’ve put in so much work! Fortunately, lipo 360 can help you achieve the look you’re striving for and get rid of the excess fat.
What Is Belt Lipectomy?
A belt lipectomy, also called a “body lift,” is a more intensive body-contouring surgery designed to eliminate sagging skin and fat below the waistline. Incisions are made around the lower abdomen and lower back and excess fat and sagging or damaged skin is removed. The area around the lower abdomen and back, as well as the buttock and thighs in some cases, are sculpted and tightened, resulting in a flatter abdomen and smoother, more trim shape.
In addition to the aesthetic aspect of removing the excess skin, it can also improve overall health. For many people, the excess skin after weight loss can cause chafing or rashes, difficulty wearing clothing despite being thinner or it can even affect mobility.
Belt Lipectomy After Weight Loss
As we gain weight, the skin stretches out to accommodate the layers of fat, but when the weight is lost, particularly if it’s a large quantity, or it’s been lost quickly, such as with bariatric surgery, the skin has lost elasticity and can’t shrink back. If you’ve lost a lot of weight, and excess skin is uncomfortable or affecting your confidence, a belt lipectomy may be the right option to help you achieve the sculpted, trim look you have been working toward.
Schedule a Consultation at Our Raleigh Plastic Surgery Center Today
It’s important to note that neither the belt lipectomy or lipo 360 are designed to help lose weight. Instead, these procedures are ideal for someone who has achieved their goal weight but are struggling with either a bit of excess fat or overhanging skin. If you’re ready to achieve the body you’ve worked so hard to achieve, but need help to do so, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ortiz. He’ll help you choose the right procedure to meet your goals. Reach out to us today at 919-532-2270 or fill out the form below to get started.