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Plastic surgery after massive weight loss

Plastic surgery

Plastic surgery after exceptional weight reduction can remove excess skin and fats that are left behind. The purpose for this surgery is to give the patient a more aesthetically pleasing body by taking out the sagging skin on the belly, upper arms, and thighs. For most patients, a few scars are acceptable trade offs for a more contoured silhouette.

When would it be advisable for you to consider plastic surgery after a drastic weight reduction?

Plastic surgery can help by reshaping the body and giving it better form under these conditions:

  1. When you’ve lost considerable weight after bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve, for instance) or extreme diet and exercise weight loss program
  2. When you have sagging skin on various parts of your body like the breasts, upper arms, mid-region, back, and thighs
  3. When your weight has been settled after the huge weight reduction. This can take up to year and a half or more.

Other important points to know when considering plastic surgery methods after drastic weight reduction:

As expected after massive weight loss, garments will not fit and hang properly and there will be too much unsightly excess and sagging skin, particularly on the lower midriff and upper arms. Your body may be thinner but now there is a need for body contouring to address all that loose skin. Without doubt, plastic surgery after weight reduction can greatly enhance your self-image and self-esteem.

Choosing an accomplished and skilled plastic specialist who understands your needs and desires is crucial. There are many inherent dangers and risks during and after surgery, but there are also other issues, some of which are discussed below:

  • The results of the surgery do not live up to your expectations
  • There may be permanent, highly noticeable scars after the surgery
  • You may struggle with post-surgical care and disruptions to your normal activities

Who is a decent candidate for plastic surgery after drastic weight reduction?

  1. Your weight has been stable for at least six months. To get ideal results after the surgery, body rebuilding should be rescheduled 6 to 12 months after your weight has been stabilized.
  2. You are healthy with no medical conditions like diabetes or coronary illness. Individuals who are not in the peak of health are not good candidates for body contouring procedures. Your plastic specialist will need to know your medical history and underlying health condition to determine which procedure is best suited for you.
  3. You have a healthy diet. Health issues like a protein deficiency can affect recuperation and healing.
  4. You don’t smoke, or you will quit smoking for no less than two weeks prior and then afterward the surgery. Smoking poses high risks for complications during surgery and impedes the healing process after surgery. If you are a smoker, your specialist will advise you to quit smoking for a certain period prior and after the surgery to ensure optimal results.
  5. You are in great mental condition. All body contouring surgical techniques require persistence. The recuperation can take from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, depending on the procedure performed, and the patient needs to understand this from the outset. The recuperating process cannot be hurried, as the body needs sufficient time for recovery.
  6. You have realistic expectations from the plastic surgery. Plastic surgery can produce a change in the body’s shape and forms, but it will be difficult to give you back the same skin quality or body shape you had before putting on weight. A few patients have said they are more satisfied with their new body after remedial plastic surgery and adopting a healthier a healthier lifestyle compared to the shape they had before putting on weight. Yet, even when plastic surgery delivers great results, it must be pointed out that your skin will continue to over time as part of the normal aging process.

How is the plastic surgery performed after the weight reduction period is over?

The initial step is to frankly discuss with the plastic specialist your desires and objectives. The specialist will recommend strategies that can help you accomplish your objectives and give you a practical and realistic picture of what the procedures can do for you.

There are instances when more than one technique will be performed while there may also be cases wherein you will need appropriate recovery time before another procedure can be done. Since any surgical procedure can have an impact on your health and lifestyle, each case is given serious consideration.

The saline breast implant procedure

The surgery is normally performed under general anesthesia. However, this can also depend on your surgeon’s preferences and your health condition. IV sedation may be used. You should consult the surgeon and anesthetist on the type of sedation to be used during the surgery and what to expect after the procedure.

Once the anesthesia puts you to asleep, the surgeon will make the incision in the low-profile regions of your breasts, so you can have minimum scarring. With saline implants, the incisions will be tiny. Next, the doctor will place the implants inside the breasts, most likely underneath the breast muscles. The doctor will then fill the implants with the saline solution. Afterwards, the surgeon will close the incisions, and you will be shifted to a recovery area until you wake up.

There are a few methods that can be performed after huge weight reduction:

Tummy tucks are normally performed on women who had babies, and also for patients who are left with a so-called stomach “apron” after massive weight reduction. The belly apron is comprised of excess skin and fat tissue the lower mid-region. During the tummy tuck procedure, stretch marks on the lower mid-region can also be removed depending on their location. The surgeon will remove the vast majority of the fat and skin in the middle of the tummy catch and the pubic range while tightening the abs during the same procedure. The skin around the stomach will be repositioned, and the midsection will be pulled to an ordinary position through a little entry point. The scar will be along the regular fold of the skin along the swimsuit line. The length and visibility of the scar are unique for each patient and it depends on the amount of fat and skin that was removed.

Liposuction is another type of plastic surgery technique that can enhance the shape of the thighs, hips, upper arms, knees, and stomach area. It is often used in combination with other plastic surgery procedures after weight reduction. The plastic surgeon will make little entry points in the areas where the fat will be expelled. A cannula will be inserted in the fatty areas through the entry point where it will liquefy and remove the fat. The fat will be sucked into the cannula, and once the best possible measure of fat has been evacuated, the specialist will apply wraps over the little entry points.

Breast reduction or gynecomasty can likewise be a type of body recontouring surgery after huge weight reduction. This surgical procedure is required when the patient is left with voluminous, saggy breasts.

Whatever the surgical technique used, the motivation behind plastic surgery methods after massive weight loss is to remove large amounts of excess skin and to reshape the body. Best efforts are exerted in keeping the scars as small as possible and in areas that are less noticeable regions. While the scars from the entry points are permanent, over time, they will blur, or their appearance will blend with the natural skin tone.

In choosing the right specialist, you must look for someone who is board certified and has considerable experience and involvement in the field of plastic surgery. During the initial consultation, you will have the chance to exhaustively discuss with the specialist everything that you need to do. The plastic specialist will assess your medicinal condition and recommend the best procedure that can help you accomplish your objectives.

When are the results visible? Are the results permanent?

The results of plastic surgery after huge weight reduction are fast and long lasting but do note that plastic surgery cannot avoid the ordinary and natural process of aging that affects all bodies. Some procedures performed after massive weight loss may require longer recuperation so the beneficial effects may be hard to spot when the body is still swollen, injured, or numb from the surgery.

For your safety, comfort and to ensure optimal results from a successful surgery, keep regular appointments with your plastic surgeon after the surgery. It is recommended that you go to the clinic/center for post-operative checkups. If you have questions or feel any pain or discomfort after discharge, contact your surgeon immediately.

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