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​Plastic Surgery After Weight-Loss Surgery

Many patients undergo aesthetic operations including liposuction, tummy tucks, and removing loose skin. Despite saying goodbye to 135 pounds, Anne Caldwell, 56 wasn't unhappy with her look. Although Anne was much from her most heavy weight was gone, loose epidermis stayed.

Plastic Surgery After Weight-Loss Surgery

"I didn't wear bathing suits and shorts, since the legs were simply around my knees hanging," says Caldwell.

Many patients that have undergone similar processes, or gastric bypass surgery, are made with loose skin or thighs. Sores and rashes can grow on loose skin that folds onto the stomach. Moreover, it creates an ungainly form which makes it difficult for such patients to find matching clothes that fit correctly. And then there is the hanging arm skin. For these motives, bariatric patients generally continue to have additional, corrective operations.

Preparing for Surgery

Those who need a body contouring process must stabilize their fat before they are able to qualify for the operation. This is required by Surgeons in order to minimize the danger of complications, as stated by the ASPS.

4-6 months of steady weight is what is enjoyed to find. For postbariatric patients, this sometimes means they wait at least a year -- and generally more like 18 months -- before experiencing body contouring operation.

The ideal patient, in accordance with the ASPS, is a non-smoker who has reached their ideal BMI of 18.5-25 and is committed to preserving it. This person additionally shouldn't have any medical conditions, including pulmonary and cardiac issues, that raise surgical risk or could impair healing.

Plastic Surgery Choices After Fatloss Surgery

Patients' body contouring targets often change on the basis of the level of weight and where the fat was kept. Here are 4 common procedures which can be performed:

  • Breast lift: Loose skin is taken off, and nipple and the breast are lifted. Implants can be utilized to enhance the breast's contour. 30,000 patients had this done after substantial weight loss, as stated by the ASPS, in 2007.
  • Lower body lift: This joins removal of skin and outer thighs and a tummy tuck. An incision is done to minimize scarring, and this continues all the way. The skin is taken up and the excess removed. Liposuction takes off any remaining fat deposits. While an overnight hospital stay isn't required by some, the patient is frequently hospitalized and typical healing time is 2 weeks. Surgeons performed 19,500 of these in 2007.
  • Upper arm lift: Surgeons take out sagging skin through an incision that progresses to the elbow and begins at the armpit. Surgeons did 9,300 of these processes, in 2007.
  • Thigh lift: An incision is done at the crotch and continues to the knee, if needed. Excessive skin is taken out and liposuction is done as needed. Surgeons performed more than 8,000 of these processes, in 2007.

Handling Expectations

It is essential to have realistic expectations. However skilled the surgeon, there will be scars. Additionally, patients who seek multiple processes may need to extend their operations over several years. 

In Caldwell's instance, it took three years for all her operations: arm work, and a lower body lift, a tummy tuck, inner thigh contouring. The tummy tuck paid out of pocket for the thigh and arm operations, although she was covered by insurance due to rashes she had developed. However, despite time and the price, Caldwell has no sorrows.

"I can buy short pants," she says. "I can purchase sleeveless tops. And I feel good about just how my clothes fit now."

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