Whether you’ve nearly achieved last year’s goal of losing weight or you’re well on your way to your 2012 New Year’s resolution, remember that losing the extra pounds may not be enough to achieve the final look you’re going for. Losing a lot of weight may result in sagging skin that you’ll want to tone up before hitting the beach this summer.
One option for mild laxity is laser resurfacing to help stimulate new collagen, which will make the surface of your skin look smoother. Or a radio-frequency treatment, such as Thermage or Exilis, may help to tighten up minimally loose skin.
For those who lose a massive amount of weight and are left with excessively sagging skin, a lower body lift may be an option that delivers dramatic results. During the procedure, an incision is made at the bottom of the stomach and around the back, then the extra skin is removed, which gives the butt and thighs a lift and may even reduce cellulite. It’s an invasive procedure with a large scar, but the results are permanent.
You’ll also want to keep up with your workout routine, focusing on fat-reducing and strength-building exercises, to build up and tone the muscle below the skin and keep your calorie-burning furnace working hard for you.
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