Corbett Cosmetic Surgery Helps Weight Loss Patients Eliminate Unwanted Loose Skin to Look Their Best

July 15, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Weight loss is a $1.2 billion business in America, with an estimated 6 out of every 10 adults wanting to lose weight. For those that successfully lose massive amounts of weight, whether it's through gastric bypass or lap band surgery, or through diet and exercise, the remaining loose skin can be frustrating. Plastic surgery is often the only way to return the skin to its original state. Dr. Lee Corbett of Corbett Cosmetic Surgery is a highly credentialed, board-certified plastic surgeon that can help weight loss patients look their best by getting rid of loose skin.

When a body loses or gains a few pounds, typically the skin can adjust. But if a large amount of weight is gained and kept on, the skin stretches to accommodate the additional girth and is not able to completely return to normal once the weight is lost.

It's kind of like a new balloon. The rubber is taut and elastic, and can easily expand to hold more air or deflate to its original size. But if that balloon is blown up and kept that way for a few days, the rubber becomes stretched and will not return to its original size, even when deflated.

If you've ever seen "The Biggest Loser" on TV, you have seen extreme examples of how skin is naturally elastic and can tighten up with exercise. But it's unrealistic to expect that all loose skin will disappear after losing upwards of 100 pounds. The before-and-after photos of the winner may be amazing, but they've also worked with a personal trainer for several hours a day for the past few months. For most, exercise will never be able to bring the skin back to its normal state.

Skin also loses its elasticity with age, so the older you get, the more unlikely your skin is to snap back.

There are a number of plastic surgery procedures that can tighten up the skin and return it to its normal state. Facelifts help with extra skin on the face and around the neck and jowls. There are several procedures that can help with the body including arm lifts, breast lifts, tummy tucks and thigh lifts, which are often combined for weight patients into a "body lift." The goal is to get rid of loose skin and re-contour the shape of the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and arms.

Corbett Cosmetic Surgery is a boutique beauty center offering a high level of personal attention and elite access to the surgeon that is unmatched in Louisville. Dr. Corbett sees patients at his office on Dutchman's Lane, which offers an intimate setting where the staff knows patients by name and their needs are always met quickly.

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