Surgery Following Massive Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery
Massive weight loss following bariatric surgery is a significant accomplishment. Patients experiencing a dramatic weight loss are typically thrilled with their improved health and quality of life. Unfortunately, patients may also face the frustration and embarrassment of excess sagging skin and tissue left behind as a result of their weight loss. The board-certified plastic surgeons of Aesthetic Surgical Images in Omaha offer a variety of body sculpting surgeries to help men and women fully realize the results of their weight loss achievement.
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Understanding Massive Weight Loss and Post Bariatric Surgery
Post-bariatric body sculpting surgery involves several procedures aimed at helping you achieve your desired body image following massive weight loss. Surgical options include:
• Brachioplasty—Referred to as an arm lift, this procedure slims and adds definition to the upper arms.
• Medial and Vertical Thighplasty—This procedure, also known as a thigh lift, removes excess fat and skin in the knee and thigh area.
• Circumferential Body Lift—A buttock and abdomen lift improves the contour of the waist, tummy, buttocks, and hips by removing excess sagging skin and fat left behind after a massive weight loss.
The physicians of Aesthetic Surgical Images carefully screen patients to ensure they are ideal candidates for post bariatric surgery. Our doctors typically require surgical candidates to have maintained a stable, healthy weight for a minimum of six months and be free of any obesity-related health problems. Patients are also urged to stop smoking for at least six weeks prior to surgery to ensure optimal healing.
Advice for sagging breasts after weight loss?
Massive weight loss of more then 100 lbs can significantly affect a women’s body. Weight loss of this magnitude can cause loose saggy skin in multiple anatomic areas. It’s not unusual for women to lose breast volume and develop breast sag, when this type of weight loss occurs. For this reason, they frequently request breast lift and breast augmentation surgery.
The majority of patients want restoration of breast volume, correction of breast sag, upper breast fullness and symmetry. The majority of patients require a keyhole mastopexy. In some cases a breast implant is necessary to create upper breast fullness and restore breast volume.
Breast implants can be placed at the time of the breast lift or delayed and performed as a secondary procedure. Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages and many surgeons have strong opinions about this topic.
When both procedures are performed together, revisions are frequently necessary. For this reason, some surgeons feel that staging the procedure is appropriate. Advocates for a combined procedure feel that this approach saves the majority of patients a secondary procedure. They don’t view a secondary procedure as a complication but instead as a necessary next step.
It’s appropriate to individualize care for each patient. In some patients, a combined procedure is indicated while in others a staged approach is necessary.
If your considering breast augmentation and breast lift following massive weight loss, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate. This surgeon should be able to help you formulate a treatment plan that will meet your needs.
Surgery After Massive Weight Loss
Body sculpting is a significant surgery. Each procedure and patient is unique; however, the surgery typically involves multiple incisions to remove unwanted skin and the tightening and repositioning of remaining tissue. The length of the incisions varies with the amount of skin being removed, but surgeons use specialized techniques to minimize scarring.
Because of the significant nature of the surgery, patients often decide to have the procedures in stages. Some procedures can be combined and performed on an outpatient basis. As with any surgery, patients can expect some discomfort following the procedure; however, pain is typically well managed with medication.
Enjoying Your Results
You will see the results of your new shape almost immediately; however, full results and healing can take months. Post-surgical swelling generally resolves after about three months and scarring begins to fade after approximately a year.
You can visit our photo gallery to see how our surgeons have helped patients transform their bodies following massive weight loss.
“From my first phone call to my last post-surgical follow-up, Dr. Edney and his staff provided the absolute best care imaginable. They were so informative, always giving the utmost respect to my privacy and answering any and all questions I had. I could not be happier with my decision to choose Dr. Edney to perform my surgery. I just wish I had done it years ago. The best thing about having surgery is the self confidence I have now.”5 Stars
Taking the Next Step
Our professional staff prides itself on providing patients with the best experience possible. Request your free consultation today online or by call Aesthetic Surgical Images at (402) 390-0100 or (800) 331-5001.