Is Plastic Surgery Needed After Weight Loss?
Weight loss can cause a dramatic transformation in a person’s life. Not only do you feel healthier, you actually are healthier, lowering your risk for chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer. Weight loss can have many benefits. However, saggy excess skin can be one of the downsides of significant weight loss. After any substantial amount of weight loss due to bariatric surgery and/or life style changes, the skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to conform to the reduced body size. Excess skin folds may be found on the chest, back, abdomen, arms, legs and even the face. These skin folds diminish the improvement in body shape after weight loss, cause irritation within the skin folds and make it difficult to find any clothes that fit. Plastic surgery can remove the extra skin and improve the shape and tone of tissue in these areas.
There are several types of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to help you attain a trimmer, firmer shape following weight loss including:
- Body contouring, also known as body lift surgery
- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
- Buttock augmentation
- Breast lift (reduction and augmentation options available)
- Arm lift
It’s important when considering plastic surgery after weight loss that you are at a stable weight. Surgery candidates who have had gastric bypass, Lap Band or other gastric restrictive procedures should wait at least one year after weight loss surgery so that any health problems associated with obesity have had time to improve.
Surgery to remove excess skin can yield dramatic and gratifying results. Shape can be improved, clothes can fit better and overall confidence can be enhanced. If you would like more information about plastic surgery after weight loss, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Serota.