If you have recently lost a significant amount of weight either on your own or through a weight loss program or procedure, Congratulations! You have completed a major step in fighting obesity and living a healthier life with a trimmer physique. You’ve worked incredibly hard to lose that weight, and now may be the time for the next stage — taking care of the aesthetic effects of weight loss.
The majority of those who have lost a significant amount of weight are encumbered by excess or loose skin that is left behind. This can not only diminish a patient’s self-confidence, but can also lead to skin infections and problems with hygiene. Post-weight loss surgery involves procedures designed to get rid of these areas of excess fat and skin for a more contoured appearance. Adopting a healthy diet and regular workout routine can only help so much. Cosmetic enhancement procedures can go a long way in helping you achieve a tighter, smoother, more fit-looking physique.
Post-weight loss surgeries are more involved than typical procedures, and for this reason, we recommend that patients seek plastic surgical body contouring only after all weight loss has been completed and has been stable for approximately six months. Our surgeons will also ensure that your body is ready to handle the stress in the critical early healing period. Most patients will also be required to obtain medical clearance from their primary care physician as well as routine lab work to check for anemia or nutritional deficiencies.
Depending on the complexity of the surgical plan, surgery may be an outpatient or inpatient procedure. Post-weight loss surgery is always done under general anesthesia and temporary surgical drains are always used.