If you’ve experienced dramatic weight loss, either through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, your body has gone through a lot of changes. Not only are you slimmer than before, you may now have extra skin sagging all over your body. Many people who have lost a significant amount of weight choose to undergo plastic surgery to eliminate this leftover skin.
Weight-loss surgery patients often have excess skin
Gastric bypass surgery and other weight-loss surgical procedures help you lose excess weight and can help resolve many weight-related health issues. However, there is little you can do with the leftover sagging skin after you’ve experienced dramatic weight loss. Over a year ago, NBC News followed a group of patients plagued by unattractive skin following their weight-loss surgery operations to gain insight into what happens after bariatric surgery.
Patients who undergo dramatic weight loss as a result of surgery often experience pain, chafing, and decreased self-confidence as a result of excess skin and having to wear clothing that doesn’t fit properly.
“I was not really comfortable even looking at myself in the mirror, with all the excess flesh,” said one patient who underwent her first surgery in 2001. “You’ve done all this work, you’ve made this big, massive change that you see on the scale, but you don’t necessarily see it in your clothing, or the way you feel about yourself.”
Plastic surgery procedures that can help bariatric surgery patients
After experiencing dramatic weight loss, you can get rid of excess skin and achieve a slimmer silhouette through a process known as body contouring. In order to determine the best procedures to meet your needs, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. In this consultation, you can ask questions and receive expert advice and guidance for choosing the best treatment option for your body.
The following are recommended body contouring procedures for dramatic weight-loss patients:
- Upper and lower body lift
- Thigh lift
- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
- Arm lift or reduction (brachioplasty)
Your plastic surgeon will explain each of these procedures and what they can do for you, and recommend a customized treatment plan for the removal of your excess skin. For more information about What happens after dramatic weight loss? visit the Smart Beauty Guide website.
Have you experienced dramatic weight loss? Are you interested in considering plastic surgery to help you look your best? Visit our body procedures before and after gallery to view real patient results from Monarch Plastic Surgery. Or get a customized treatment plan from experienced plastic surgeons by requesting a consultation. Monarch surgeons are board-certified and committed to helping you look your best.