As fans of NBC's The Biggest Loser know, losing weight is never easy. This season is entering week 14 and there are only 8 contestants left. There have been a lot of pounds shed so far, and more are yet to fall off as contestants vie for the prize, and their health. Vicki was eliminated last night while O'Neal hung in there, after suffering an injury and a death in the family.
Many seeking to lose weight seek assistance from their physician and a medical weight loss program. In these programs, your doctor will prescribe some medicine which should assist you in losing the weight, along with diet and exercise. The physician and their staff act as a support team to cheer you along every step of the way.
After weight loss, there is often an issue with loose skin, or laxity, as the skin is unable to contract after the fat cells beneath it are diminished. Some of the most common post weight loss body contouring procedures include liposuction body lift and tummy tucks Not only the stomach is treated, rather there are several options available to remove excess skin from many areas of the body. Also available is Vaser which some physicians are using to remove large volumes of fat. Using ultrasound, Vaser is also able to remove the fat and provide an appropriate level of skin tightening.
Arm lift or brachioplasty, removes skin and fat from the area between the underarm and elbow while a thigh lift is often recommended for patients who would like to improve the appearance of their upper thighs. A belt lipectomy - also known as a lower body lift - is a good option for patients who want to reshape their thighs and buttocks.
Recent advances in liposuction technology have made skin tightening easier for weight loss patients by avoiding the need for multiple surgeries. Procedures such as SmartLipo and ProLipo use a laser to first melt the fat which is then aspirated. After the fat is suctioned out, the physician uses the laser to stimulate collagen growth, tightening the skin. The improvement continues over several months as new collagen growth continues.