Post-weight-loss plastic surgery is devised for people who have undergone considerable weight loss. In the aftermath of significant weight loss, droopy skin can dangle from the upper arms, chest, stomach, upper thighs, and buttocks. In addition to being unsightly, these rolls can rub against each other and cause irritation and hygienic difficulties. They can also make exercising hard. Post-weight-loss plastic surgery helps improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue and removes excess droopy fat and skin. Post-weight-loss plastic surgery aims to bring back a sense of normalcy in the patient. By reforming the body to its ideal proportions, patients can finally envision their weight loss journey’s success. Studies have indicated that post-weight-loss plastic surgery has sustained quality-of-life improvements for patients. Further studies indicate that surgery also does not increase risks for complications in future body contouring procedures.
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- 1 About Post-Weight-Loss Plastic Surgery
- 2 Benefits of Post-Weight-Loss Plastic Surgery
- 3 Candidates
- 4 Personal Consultation
- 5 Preparation
- 6 Recovery
- 7 Results
- 8 Complementary Procedures
- 9 FAQ
- 9.1 What is post-weight-loss plastic surgery?
- 9.2 How come exercising doesn’t treat my sagging skin?
- 9.3 Will I have unsightly scars?
- 9.4 How long do post-weight-loss surgery results last?
- 9.5 Will my insurance cover my post-weight-loss plastic surgery?
- 9.6 How long will it take for my body to get back to normal after my post-weight-loss plastic surgery?
- 10 References
About Post-Weight-Loss Plastic Surgery
Significant weight loss reduces the medical risks of obesity, but psychosocial and functional problems often remain due to the surplus skin. This weight loss can have several negative effects, most notably, is loose, drooping skin all over the body. Because being obese stretches the patient’s skin to the limit, it loses elasticity. The patient then has to endure layers of excess skin, including an unattractive apron of skin draping from the stomach that can obscure the groin area.
Types of Post-Weight-Loss Plastic Surgeries
There are many options available to provide you with a unique treatment for your body. You and Dr. Millard can go over these during your initial consultation.
VASER Hi-Def Liposuction
VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance, which uses advanced ultrasound technology to break down fat. The procedure is quicker, allows for fast patient recovery, and tightens the skin as well. It can be used on the abdomen, back, arms, and legs.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that addresses loose excess skin over the abdomen through the implementation of various incisions and the reinforcement of the abdominal wall to create a flatter, well-toned midsection.
A thigh lift is a surgical process that aims to reshape and contour the upper thigh by removing excess skin and tissue. Using advanced thigh lift techniques and innovative technology, Dr. Millard will create a smooth, tightened contour that will show off the patient’s newly slimmed thighs.
An arm lift is a surgical solution to sagging, excess skin, and/or fat along the upper arms. By making a discreet incision down the inner upper arm’s length, Dr. Millard can reposition tissue and remove excess skin for enhanced contour.
Benefits of Post-Weight-Loss Plastic Surgery
- Streamlined figure
- More proportional
- Better fitting clothes
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Increased self-confidence
- Instantly noticeable results
- Easier to maintain proper hygienic practices
- Decreased irritation
- Concludes the patient’s weight loss journey
The ideal candidate for post-weight-loss plastic surgery is any healthy adult at a stable weight who struggles with excess skin from significant weight loss either through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise.
Your consultation with Dr. Millard will give you the chance to discuss your goals and expectations for your new body. Please make sure your reasons for surgery are yours and not society’s or a loved one’s. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! The outcome of your procedure depends on your complete transparency during your consultation. You will be given a questionnaire about your health, desires, and lifestyle. From there, Dr. Millard will decide the best path going forward for you and your body.
Dr. Millard may give you a list of steps to follow before your surgery, such as:
- Avoiding smoking
- Avoiding certain medications
- Adjusting your current medications
- Avoiding certain foods and liquids
Dr. Millard will also go over any potential risks like:
- Blood pressure
- Bleeding habits
- Complications from any previous surgeries
After your surgery, Dr. Millard will proceed to dress and bandage the treatment areas. Dr. Millard will give you instructions on how to care for your new body properly during the healing process.
Studies have demonstrated that weight loss can be improved with body contouring procedures, especially with regard to better patient self-image, self-confidence, and satisfaction. Further studies have also shown that patients who underwent body contouring procedures after weight loss surgery had significantly better long-term weight loss than a matched cohort of patients.
Emsculpt is a body sculpting technology that lifts and tones the abdomen through the use of highly focused electromagnetic energy targeting the area, forcing the muscles to contract in a way that is not possible through exercise alone.
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that aims to change the size, shape, and contour of a woman’s breasts through the use of implants.
A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tuck that is designed to restore a woman’s body back to its pre-pregnancy look.
Brazillian Butt Lift
A Brazillian butt lift adds volume, shape, and contour to the buttocks by harvesting the patient’s own fat from a designated donor site, purifying it, then reinjecting it into the buttocks.
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What is post-weight-loss plastic surgery?
Post-weight-loss plastic surgery is devised for people who have undergone considerable weight loss. It helps improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue and removes excess droopy fat and skin.
How come exercising doesn’t treat my sagging skin?
Exercise does not tighten the skin; it burns fat and tones the muscles.
Will I have unsightly scars?
Post-weight-loss plastic surgery scars can be lengthy but can be concealed by most clothing.
How long do post-weight-loss surgery results last?
Results of post-weight-loss plastic surgery are permanent unless you gain a lot of weight back or become pregnant. Even if you do put on a little bit of weight, your body will still maintain your newly sculpted contours for the most part.
Will my insurance cover my post-weight-loss plastic surgery?
Most insurance companies consider post-weight-loss plastic surgery to be cosmetic and do not cover the procedures. Some insurance companies will cover post-weight-loss surgery if you happen to have issues with rashes or sores related to excess skin.
How long will it take for my body to get back to normal after my post-weight-loss plastic surgery?
Recovery time varies from patient to patient and depends on the level of work done and the number of procedures combined. Patients should plan to take at least two weeks off work to allow the body proper time to heal. Most of the swelling will fade within a few weeks, but some residual swelling may stay for a few months. Usually, patients can start exercising within eight weeks.
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