The body lift is among the most invasive cosmetic procedures and requires between two and three weeks of recovery. While the lift can be one of the fastest and most effective ways to shape and tone your body following excessive weight loss, you may wish to opt for a non-invasive alternative.
Diet and Exercise
One of the best ways to prevent being left with an extreme amount of excess skin and deposits of fat after weight loss is to lose weight at a much slower rate than you would with bariatric surgery. This entails fully committing to a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine so that you lose no more than two pounds per week. The results can take years to achieve, whereas surgery can take a year or less, but your skin will be better able to adjust to the loss of weight.
If you're left with excess skin after pregnancy or you need to lose under fifty pounds, diet and exercise alone may be an option. However, if you need to lose a significant amount of weight, your skin may already be too stretched and you may need to consider body lift surgery.
Bi-Polar Radio Frequency and Infrared Light Treatment
VelaShape and VelaSmooth are the most popular skin-smoothing treatments that make use of bi-polar radio frequency and infrared light. VelaShape has the added benefit of a vacuum suction massage. Both VelaSmooth and VelaShape are completely non-invasive ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite and sagging skin. The radio frequency and infrared light spark the production of collagen in the skin. The more collagen in your skin, the more taut your skin will become. Most VelaSmooth and VelaShape treatments take multiple sessions spread across several months and results are not permanent. You will need maintenance visits about once every year.
Not everyone with excess skin qualifies for VelaShape or VelaSmooth. If you've lost a significant amount of weight and your skin hangs off from the rest of the body excessively, VelaShape and VelaSmooth can't tighten that much skin, so a body lift may be your only option.
Skin Care and Vitamins
Although this won't always work, particularly if you've lost a significant amount of weight and quickly, you may be able to reduce the amount of sagging skin on your body with a combination of continued diet, exercise, skin care and vitamins. Over time, your skin may become tighter, but this may take several years of continued work, and a body lift is much quicker and more effective.
Proper skin care such as exfoliation at least once a week can rid your skin of dead skin cells and help stimulate the production of new cells. New cells can help stimulate the production of collagen. You can also reduce stretch marks on the skin by rubbing pure Vitamin E oil over the skin once a day.
If you've lost a hundred or more pounds quickly, a body lift may really be your best option for removing the excess skin and fat deposits that will remain, even though the procedure is invasive. Nevertheless, you shouldn't let your objection to invasive procedures prohibit you from attempting to tighten and tone the skin through other procedures.