YOUR COSMETIC PROCEDURE QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY MR AMIR NAKHDJEVANI OF BELLA VOU , TUNBRIDGE WELLS
The New Year is well and truly underway , and I ' ve been sticking to a new weight loss and exercise regime to shed unwanted pounds .
Once I ' ve reached my goal weight , I ' d like to consider cosmetic surgery to get back my youthful appearance . What procedures do you recommend for people who have lost significant weight ?
When we put on weight it causes our skin to stretch to accommodate the fat stored beneath . When we lose weight the underlying fatty deposits are broken down and used for energy , resulting in a sleeker body shape . However , those that have lost a significant amount of weight , and especially those that have lost it quickly or are heading towards their forties , may find that they are left with lax , sagging flaps and folds of stretched skin as a reminder of their heavier selves .
After putting so much effort into diet and exercise to shift their excess weight , many people are distraught that , despite achieving a more slender silhouette , they are left with excess skin which can be unsightly and continues to affect their selfesteem or cause embarrassment , much the same way that being overweight did .
Consultant plastic surgeon Amir Nakhdjevani , of the Bella Vou clinic in Tunbridge Wells , outlines some options to restore a smoother , firmer skin tone , which will complement and reveal the look you ’ ve worked so hard to achieve .
FACELIFT AND NECKLIFT
After significant weight loss , the skin and tissues on the face can droop and sag , causing jowls , wrinkles and sagging skin . Having achieved the body shape they want , many of our patients come to us because they have been left looking older than their years , as the loss of fat in their face leaves them looking tired and ‘ hollow ’.
Facelifts address these tell-tale signs by lifting , tightening and repositioning the underlying muscle layer of the face to return the tissues to their original position . The result is a youthful , smooth , fresh-faced appearance . Modern techniques can even enable facelifts to be performed under local anaesthetic so patients heal in less than a week , and the procedure can be combined with a neck lift and liposuction to address the neckline and double chin .
Understandably one of the main areas where we put on weight is around the tummy area , and once that weight is lost the stretched skin remains , often causing an unsightly flap or pocket of skin which hangs down from the stomach . Tummy tuck procedures remove loose , excess skin and fat and tighten the abdominal muscles in the lower abdomen , resulting in a more taught , slender appearance , with full recovery within two weeks . The procedure can be combined with liposuction to remove stubborn areas of remaining fat .
ARM LIFT , THIGH AND BREAST LIFT
As well as the tummy , sagging skin and stubborn fatty deposits on the thighs and upper arms can prove unsightly and can be very difficult to shift , even with continued diet and exercise . After making a considerable effort to lose weight , the presence of flappy thighs or bingo wings can continue to affect people ’ s selfconfidence .
Thigh lift procedures remove excess skin and / or fat from the inner thigh to correct symmetry and improve the thigh ’ s contour and shape . The scars will fade over time to leave a faint line in the groin or on the inner thigh .
Meanwhile , arm lift surgery can transform the appearance of your arms and boost your self-confidence . Breasts are also the first place that many women lose weight ; a breast lift ( with or without implants ) can restore both the position and volume of the breasts .
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT HAVING A COSMETIC PROCEDURE , BUT HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ? EMAIL INSIDEKENT @ SIDEWAYSMEDIA . CO . UK WITH YOUR QUESTIONS , AND MR AMIR NAKHDJEVANI WILL ANSWER THEM IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF insideKENT .