Season 10 of the popular reality weight loss show The Biggest Loser ended last night and a new weight loss king was crowned. Patrick House lost 181 pounds to take the $250,000 prize last night. When he arrived at the ranch, the 28 year old weighed 400 lbs and was concerned for his health. Now, Patrick can look forward to a much healthier future for himself and his two sons.
Following drastic weight loss, there is typically an issue with loose skin, or laxity, as the skin is unable to contract after the pounds come off. Often, physicians recommend body contouring procedures such as liposuction along with a tummy tuck to remove the excess skin and fat cells. A tummy tuck only treats the stomach area though, and for some there is also excess skin elsewhere like the arms or thighs, and procedures are available to treat those areas as well. Sometimes, even the skin of the face is affected and patients need a facelift after major weight loss.
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.
Patients also have a choice of liposuction methods and aren't limited to only traditional methods. Vaser is sometimes used to remove the fat. There are some physicians who like the device for removing large large volumes of fat. Depending on the amount of skin laxity, Vaser alone is sometimes enough to remove the fat without having to resort to further procedures.