Social media is full of weight loss before-and-after photos, but these images typically showcase only one element of what it's like to lose weight.
When you lose weight, a lot goes on with your body—and some of it isn't necessarily well understood.
One of the things that's not much talked about? Loose skin.
When someone loses a significant amount of weight (from pregnancy or otherwise), they can end up with loose skin on their stomach and other parts of their body. This is super common—and totally and completely fine. It's what a lot of bodies do, but it seems to be something women are ashamed of, or want to hide.
Loose skin is a common part of the weight loss experience and it's nothing to be ashamed of!
When you lose weight, skin that used to be stretched over many fatty layers of tissue may not adapt as quickly to your new, fat-reduced body. As a result, you may have loose, sagging skin hiding your abdominal muscles. Your skin can slowly adapt to your new body shape with a nutrient-rich diet and exercise program, but results can depend on the amount of extra weight you weer carrying, how long for, and of course your age.
Many people consider body contouring surgery to get rid of extra skin. However, body contouring surgery is an expensive and serious surgery requiring a long recovery time!
Here at Aesthetic & Beauty we offer bespoke, layered treatment solutions to help you tackle loose skin.
Case Study: 49 year old woman after 80 lb weight loss
After losing 80 lbs, 3 years ago, this client came to Aesthetic & Beauty for help with toning up the loose skin on her abdomen & 'tummy apron'. A seriously fit individual, good diet and exercise had helped her get so far, but she was at the point of seeing no further improvement from her ongoing efforts.
The Shrinking Violet Body Wrap is a luxurious and pain free inch loss treatment that removes unwanted fat from all over the body. It does not rely on dehydration or water loss for its results.
Three times more powerful than ordinary weight loss wraps, the Shrinking Violet Body Wrap offers amazing inch loss after even just one session! Excellent for getting rid of stubborn extra inches on stomach, waist, buttocks, thighs and upper arms, clients have reported an immediate and average loss of between 3-6 inches.
"I love the body wraps" this client told us, "they make my skin feel amazing! I have never paid much attention to my skin, so to feel so smooth & soft is just wonderful!"
Ultrasonic Fat Loss Cavitation is an extremely popular non-surgical and non-invasive fat removal procedure that we perform here at Aesthetic & Beauty. Unlike traditional fat removal methods, such a liposuction, there is no surgery and no anaesthesia, no hospital stay, no time off from work and no recovery time. Clients see immediate results and will continue to see results in the reduction of fat up to 72 hours following the treatment!
Ultrasonic Fat Loss Cavitation destroys fat cells by using low frequency sound waves. Once the fat cell is destroyed, the fat is discharged between the cells where they are turned into protein and then changed to free fatty acids and glycerol. Free fatty acids are moved to the liver where they decay and are removed from the body while glycerol is used as energy.
After our first session, this client had already lost 1.25" around her 'hip' measurement (circumference measured just below the belly button).
THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!
As you can see, significant skin tightening can be seen, resulting in decreased 'wrinkling' of the skin on the abdomen.
It is also possible to see some sculpting, above the belly button and to the sides of the tummy apron.
Additionally, the tummy apron is beginning to lift - there has been a reduction of 1" between the belly button & pubic line.
The next step in the treatment plan for this client is to begin HiFu Laser Treatment on the abdomen & tummy areas.
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) re-energises the collagen within the skin, giving your skin a tighter and firmer appearance. Ultrasound beams converge under the skin at different depths to create thermal energy, which works to strengthen and encourage the regrowth of collagen fibres in multiple layers of the skin.
HIFU not only tightens layers of the skin, but also the muscle layer, producing longer-lasting and more effective results. HIFU can also be used to target and reduce fat cells, helping you get the most out of the treatment.
Results can be seen straight after the HIFU procedure, but remember that results will differ from person to person, and in most cases a few weeks are needed for results to become visible. Within 2 to 3 months you should be able to see the full extent of the results.
We will keep you updated with progress of this client as she continues her journey to achieve the dream body she has worked hard for and deserves!