Weight Loss and Plastic Surgery
After the exhilaration of watching pounds melting off from either gastric bypass surgery, weight loss programs, or just simply dieting and exercising. There is a second battle waiting to arise, is loose excess skin. When over weight the skin grows along with the gaining excess fat. When a patient is gaining weight quickly, stretch marks can appear on the body.
Unfortunately, losing that excessive amount of weight, the skin has been extremely pushed to extend in size the skin loses elasticity. After a patient has reached their weight loss plateau, plastic surgery can help take care of these areas where loose excess skin appears. Contouring techniques, is usually offered as the best solution to eliminate hanging remnants of excess, lax, or redundant skin, with body lifting, tummy tuck, breast lift, arm lifting surgery to help sculpt the body to remove drooping skin left behind after significant weight loss.
This patient lost 160 lbs 1-year post-op gastric bypass surgery.
Patient proceeded with upper body lift, arm lift, breast lift with implants. She is now 2-months post-op surgery.
6-months post-op arm lift surgery
Depending on each individual patient whom experienced massive weight loss. Several different types of lifting surgeries can be performed:
Tummy Tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a procedure used to remove excess fatty tissue and skin folds in the mid and lower abdominal area.
This patient is post gastric bypass surgery and lost 130 lbs. She is now 3-months post-op tummy tuck surgery, breast lift with breast implants.
Before at 265 lbs After at 140 lbs
Occasionally, a belt lipectomy (body lift) would be performed for extreme weight loss cases. Patients who have significant amounts of loose skin, which extends entirely around their waist and lower body, a belt lipectomy is the more appropriate choice.
Patient is post-op Belt Lipectomy
Arm lifting surgery (brachioplasty) can be performed to reduce the appearance of hanging skin under the arms. This surgical correction depends on the quantity of skin and how loose the supporting tissues have become. Extra skin is removed from incisions along the inner arm.
This patient is post-op 3-months post-op arm lift surgery after losing 190 lbs.
Breast reduction/breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is performed by removing excess breast skin under the breast fold to tightening the skin and increase firmness. At this time the nipple and areola complex would be moved up and re-positioned for a “perkier” appearance.
This patient is 4-months post-op Breast Lift surgery (Mastopexy)
Often breast implants are placed after breast lifting surgery to increase in breast size. Most women are not satisfied with just a breast lift, due to the loss of breast volume from weight loss. Implants can increase breast size and also enhance a woman’s appearance.
This patient is 2-years post-op breast lift with implants and tummy tuck surgery after losing 135 lbs.
Whether weight loss is accomplish with gastric bypass surgery, weight loss programs or with diet and exercise, extreme weight loss results can leave you with loose, excess skin in unwanted areas. With successful weight loss, plastic surgery can be a good option for you to achieve a new figure.
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