Cosmetic Surgery Following Massive Weight Loss
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Cosmetic surgery following massive weight loss is necessary because of loose excess skin and pockets of excess fat. As a result of weight gain, the skin becomes stretched. When a person loses weight rapidly, it becomes apparent that the skin is stretched because it hangs and droops.
This procedure is the next step for people who are on their way to attaining their ideal figure following their massive weight loss. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Cox has the surgical skill needed to help you reach your body goals. With cosmetic body-contouring surgery, Dr. Cox can eliminate excess skin and pockets of remaining stubborn fat to give the body a more toned and contoured appearance.
The Body After Massive Weight Loss
The areas of the body that typically end up with large amounts of excess skin and pockets of fat include:
- Upper arms
Loose skin can ruin the appearance of the person’s figure and completely cover up any muscle definition they may have. It can significantly harm a person’s self-esteem and make them feel uncomfortable with their body.
This excess skin cannot be dealt with through exercise or dieting; only surgical body contouring can remove it. Additionally, the pockets of fat that remain after weight loss can be contoured away during this process with the help of liposuction.
What Is Cosmetic Surgery Following Massive Weight Loss?
Cosmetic surgery following massive weight loss typically refers to procedures designed to restore the appearance of the areas of the body that have large amounts of loose excess skin. The procedures are often combined and include popular body-contouring surgeries such as the arm lift, tummy tuck, thigh lift, and neck lift.
Cosmetic surgery following massive weight loss is suitable for most patients who want to achieve their ideal body shape through removal of excess loose skin and stubborn fat.
Patients who are in good overall health and have no pre-existing health conditions that can hinder post-surgery healing are the best candidates for these procedures. Candidates must not be pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to get pregnant soon.
The best candidates are willing to fully commit to a healthy lifestyle for lasting results. Candidates must be at or near their ideal weight, since weight fluctuations can negatively affect results. Realistic goals are key.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Cox will carefully examine the areas of your body that you would like to correct through surgery. He will take note of the amount of loose skin and excess fat in the area. He will use this information to determine which body-contouring procedures will provide you with your ideal results.
Dr. Cox will also speak with you regarding your complete medical history, including any allergies you have and any medications you are taking or have taken. Smokers are not ideal for this procedure, as smoking can affect your skin health and result in a longer recovery period after surgery. Smokers should quit for at least several weeks before and after their operation.
The duration of cosmetic surgery following massive weight loss will depend on the type and number of procedures involved. Generally, the procedure will start by administering anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has taken full effect, Dr. Cox will make targeted incisions in key areas.
He will remove excess skin, remove stubborn fat, redrape the remaining skin, and then close the incisions with sutures. The incisions will be bandaged, and drains may be inserted to prevent fluid buildup.
Recovering From Cosmetic Surgery Following Massive Weight Loss
The recovery period can be a bit more difficult than that of individual procedures, since multiple procedures are being performed during the course of a single surgical session. However, there will be fewer overall days needed to recovery compared to the amount needed if each procedure were performed separately. The Scope and magnitude of surgery can be tailored to each individual patient needs and requirements.
Swelling, bruising, and pain are to be expected, but they can be managed with medication and should ameliorate over the coming days. Post-surgical compression garments will need to be worn to assist with the healing process and to allow the skin to better conform to the body’s new contours. A thorough list of post-operative instructions will also be provided.
The Cost of Cosmetic Surgery Following Massive Weight Loss
The cost of cosmetic surgery following massive weight loss will depend on the details of each patient’s surgical plan. The price for each cosmetic procedure involved will affect the total cost of the surgery, as will factors like the length of the surgical session.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your body and are interested in cosmetic surgery following massive weight loss, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cox. Our team can provide you with the personalized surgical care you need.