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Body Contouring in Sarasota and Tampa

While shedding a significant amount of weight is often a triumphant achievement, one frequent side effect of accomplishing this goal is the loose skin that is left behind. This can often be disheartening for those who have worked hard to make their body look better. If you’ve done the work of losing weight and now want to get rid of lax skin that remains, we can help. 

Surgical and non-surgical procedures

At Holcomb-Kreithen Plastic Surgery & Medspa, we offer both surgical and non-surgical body contouring for those who have undergone weight loss. Some patients want to tighten and tone their loose skin, but don’t necessarily want to have surgery. For others, however, surgery may be the only appropriate option. During your consultation with us, we will be happy to go over which procedure(s) will best meet your needs. 

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Why does loose skin occur?

Although your frame may have become smaller, the human skin doesn’t always become smaller along with it. The larger you were, the more your skin would have had to stretch over the years — and just like a pair of overworn sweatpants, the elasticity in your skin may have become lost. 

This means that when you lose weight, that stretched-out skin without any elasticity will be left sagging and loose. The more weight you have lost, the chances are, the more loose, excess skin you’ll have. This often bothers patients who have worked hard to gain a better appearance. 

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Surgical options

The most common surgical procedures that are used for body contouring after weight loss include:

  • Tummy tuck: This popular surgery re-contours the stomach after skin elasticity has been lost and the muscles have been weakened, resulting in a smoother, firmer appearance. 
  • Body lift: Essentially an entire body makeover, a body lift removes excess sagging skin from all areas to achieve a more toned and tightened appearance overall.  
  • Breast lift: A breast lift successfully lifts drooping breasts that often occur with weight loss, resulting in a more youthful and attractive appearance. 
  • Arm lift: The upper arm lift, removes the soft, sagging excess skin of the upper arms, toning and tightening the area.
  • Thigh lift: This surgery lifts and tightens the loose skin of the thighs, correcting skin that is loose, sagging, crepey, dimpled, and/or wrinkled.

Non-surgical options

Non-surgical procedures that are used for body contouring after weight loss include: 

  • BodyTite™: A highly effective procedure that targets sagging skin in the stomach, love handles, thighs, and male breasts using radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis.
  • ThermiTight®: This minimally invasive procedure uses radiofrequency energy to tighten skin, achieving permanent results.
  • Thermismooth® 250: Using radiofrequency energy, this procedure stimulates collagen and tightens the skin. 

Candidates for body contouring after weight loss

If you’re in the Sarasota and Tampa area and you’re interested in a body contouring procedure, you may be a perfect candidate. Body contouring after weight loss is best for those who:

  • Have had a stable, healthy weight for at least a year 
  • Are not expecting to lose any more weight 
  • Are in overall good health
  • Do not have any chronic medical conditions
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Have realistic goals for the procedure

Body contouring in Sarasota and Tampa from Holcomb-Kreithen 

If you’re in the Sarasota and Tampa area and are considering body contouring after losing a considerable amount of weight, Holcomb-Kreithen is the ideal place for you. Dr. Joshua Kreithen is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a specialist in cosmetic body procedures — particularly in the area of weight loss patients. Plastic surgery is our main focus at HKPS, and body contouring procedures are one of our top services. Besides being a gifted surgeon, Dr. Kreithen is also an artist who will deliver beautiful results. If you’re interested in learning more about our body contouring procedures, please schedule a consultation with us. 

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