With the number of obese American adults expected to climb to 42 percent by 2030, the need for weight loss surgery and body contouring procedures may also rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report predicting that obesity may reach epidemic proportions in the years ahead. Men and women who successfully lose large amounts of weight could be lining up for tummy tucks, lower body lifts or arm lifts to contour their newly slim bodies.
After shedding pounds through bariatric surgery, many formerly obese people are dismayed to learn that their health insurance won’t cover the cost of removing redundant skin. Even though heavy abdominal folds and loose breasts can cause back pain, skin irritation and infections, insurance providers often consider procedures like tummy tucks or breast lifts to be elective.
Plastic surgeons are willing and able to help people who’ve lost a significant amount of reshape and redefine their bodies. Patients who want to contour more than one area of their body after weight loss may be able to lower the price by combining two or more cosmetic surgeries like the following:
- Tummy tuck: Tightens abdominal muscles and trims loose skin
- Breast lift: Gives loose breasts a shapelier look
- Arm lift: Removes excess tissue from upper arms
- Thigh lift: Reshapes the front, back and sides of the upper leg
- Lower body lift: Contours the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and groin area
Like weight loss itself, body contouring doesn’t happen overnight. Body reshaping must often be planned in stages, and it may be a number of years before all phases of contouring are complete.
After a major weight loss, body contouring procedures may boost self-confidence while lifting droopy breasts, arms and tummies. These procedures have become increasingly common with the growing need for bariatric surgery, and the trend may continue if the obesity rate rises as predicted by the CDC.