There are literally thousands of people in the United States today who have undergone bariatric surgery (or a similar procedure) to lose a significant amount of weight in a short time period. These same people often find themselves looking for an effective way to shed the excess hanging skin that soon becomes a problem on several different levels. Not only does it look bad, but it can also pose health risks if not kept very clean and taken care of. Even if you are well able to care for yourself, the skin can become sore and irritated, and can begin to interfere with your everyday life.
In our society of supermodels and Hollywood starlet bodies, women (and men) feel an ever-increasing amount of pressure to look very thin and toned. However, many of us simply do not have a lot of time to devote to exercise and weight loss as a general rule. For those, alternative measures become necessary in order to improve self-image and shed the excess skin and fat deposits.
Many cosmetic surgeons have begun devoting a significant amount of surgery time to body contouring as an answer to the skin problem. As a matter of fact, more than 50,000 body-contouring procedures were performed in the United States just last year, and this number is increasing exponentially each year. Though there are a number of risks and benefits involved, body contouring is quickly replacing more traditional exercise and diet programs.
For many, diet and exercise alone are simply not enough to get rid of all of the excess skin after a quick and massive weight loss. Body contouring safely rids them of the skin, all in one go normally, with a minimal amount of recovery time. Although there is a risk of infection with any type of surgery, more common side effects include pain and tenderness, swelling/inflammation, and nausea. These normally subside considerably within the first week or two after the procedure.
Although the patient is required to maintain a healthy weight in order for the results to last, many do not realize this and are then forced to repeat the procedure fairly frequently. Before you choose a plastic surgery procedure that is not covered by insurance, talk to your doctor and find out if body-contouring surgery is right for you.