Losing a substantial amount of weight is one of the most rewarding experiences you can give yourself. No matter what means you used to reach your goal weight, it was undoubtedly a grueling process with hard-earned results. Unfortunately, even after the weight is gone, you may find that large amounts of excess skin are left behind, obscuring the stunning figure beneath. Surgery after massive weight loss can reveal your transformation and be the final step in your weight loss journey.
When a substantial amount of weight is suddenly lost, the elasticity in your skin is unable to bounce back, resulting in folds of loose, excess skin. Through your customized surgery, you can achieve complete body definition that will enable you to show off your curves.
The abdominal area takes one of the hardest beatings after massive weight loss. Excess skin and fatty deposits form easily but are difficult to improve without surgery. Choosing to undergo surgery after massive weight loss allows you to trim and enhance your waistline.
Not only can excess skin be unsightly, but it can also create physical discomfort. Exercising can be difficult, if not impossible, while carrying this added uncomfortable burden. Shed the excess skin and the pain with surgery after massive weight loss.
Even after the weight is gone, patients who have an excess amount of loose and sagging skin continue to feel self-conscious. Removing the extra skin allows your authentic, confident, and beautiful self to shine through. Wear the clothes you desire and flaunt your new, slimmer physique because you earned it.
Tummy tuck surgery addresses sagging skin, fatty tissue, and loose or separated muscles in the abdominal region. The incision will be made from hip to hip to remove excess, sagging skin while tightening the underlying rectus muscles.
Breast lift surgery is designed to lift and tighten breasts that have developed ptosis (sagging). This procedure is designed to tighten underlying breast tissue, remove excess skin, and reposition the nipple-areolar complex. Women who opt for breast lift surgery enjoy firmer, perkier breasts.
Losing a massive amount of weight affects the face as it does the rest of the body. Facelift surgery can tighten the underlying muscles in the midface, correct jowls and nasolabial folds, and remove vertical banding in the neck. The result is a younger, smoother facial aesthetic.
Body lift surgery focuses on reshaping and toning the thighs, buttocks, and flanks. During this procedure, excess skin and fat are removed through a circumferential incision around the midsection, producing an improved contour.
Even after losing a substantial amount of weight, you may struggle to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that resist the effects of diet and exercise. Liposuction can rid you of these unwanted fat deposits, leaving you slimmer and complementing your new muscle tone.
Arm lift surgery reduces excess skin the upper part of the arm, tightens the underlying supportive tissue, and eliminates pockets of fat in the arm area. Having sculpted and defined arms can enhance your self-confidence and make it easier to show off your hard work in sleeveless tops.
Your recovery will vary slightly depending on which procedures you undergo. During your recovery, you will be asked to wear compression garments over the surgical sites. These are designed to reduce swelling and encourage blood flow. Drains may be placed to aid in the healing process. Dr. Perez-Gurri and Dr. Garcia will go over how to maintain and care for these drains as well as inform you when they will be removed. Patients typically take up to two weeks off work from desk-type jobs. Physically strenuous jobs may require more time off. Slow walks are encouraged as soon as you can manage in order to increase blood circulation and aid in the healing process, and normal exercise can be resumed after six weeks.
All surgical procedures will result in some degree of scarring at the incision sites. Dr. Perez-Gurri and Dr. Garcia work meticulously to make these incisions as inconspicuous as possible, and all scarring tends to fade with time.
The cost of surgery after massive weight loss depends on the combination of procedures, anesthesia and doctor fees, and location. Dr. Perez-Gurri and Dr. Garcia will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
Procedures will be performed under general anesthesia to ensure a painless process. Afterwards, you will experience some pain, discomfort, swelling, and bruising that can be remedied with prescribed medication.
Candidates for surgery after massive weight loss should be in good general health, not smoke or use tobacco products, and have realistic expectations of the procedure. Candidates should be near their ideal weight and have demonstrated maintenance of that weight for several months.
While uncommon, it is possible to experience complications, such as:
These procedures are designed to remove excess skin and some fat deposits. While this may result in the loss of a few pounds, these surgeries are not intended for weight loss and should not be used as a substitute for diet and exercise.
Surgery after massive weight loss will not affect your ability to have children or risk your safety in any way. It is important to know, however, that any additional pregnancies or weight gain may affect and diminish the results achieved through abdominal procedures.
If you’re not sure which procedure you need, let us help by providing additional information and answers to your questions. Schedule a consultation so our doctors can meet with you to discuss your needs, desired results and how to refresh or transform your appearance with Surgery After Massive Weight Loss.