Should all the patients have plastic surgery after weight loss
Dear Reader, Congratulations on your new look after weight loss surgery. You have shed all those extra kilos of weight and feeling light, both in the body and mind. That’s a great feeling, isn’t it? After a successful weight loss surgery, most patients are proud of their new bodies and are committed to maintaining their new weight. Dr Venu Gopal Pareek and his well-accomplished team are with you throughout your weight loss journey.
Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss
After losing all the extra weight, there might be one more step for a few patients. Post-surgery, you might have loose and heavy folds of skin left. They will keep reminding you of your former self. But if you choose to, it can be fixed, and there is a solution, and that’s plastic surgery!!! Plastic surgery not only removes the extra skin but also enhances the shape and tone of your arms, thighs, breasts, buttocks, face, and abdomen.
Plastic Surgery procedures after a weight loss surgery
You can choose from a variety of cosmetic surgeries to attain a trimmer and firmer shape:
- Body contouring (body lift surgery)
- Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty
- Buttock augmentation
- Breast lifts
- Arm lifts.
Let us understand these procedures in detail:-
Body Contouring (Body Lift)
After weight loss surgery, body contouring is the most common procedure. Apart from enhancing your look, it also helps in maintaining a stable weight for the long term. With one cut along the abdomen, the surgeon removes the sagging skin. The surgeon will also tighten the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, and arms in the same procedure.
Buttock augmentation is done in cases when the buttocks are flattened after an extreme weight loss. In this procedure, the buttocks are reshaped and enhanced, resulting in a more shapely buttock profile. The most common methods to enlarge and reshape the buttocks are:-
- Fat grafting – The body’s fat tissue is used to tone the buttocks, and it is popularly known as the “Brazilian butt lift.”
- Buttock implants.
Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty
In a tummy tuck, the stomach is flattened. Liposuction is part of a tummy tuck. In a tummy tuck, a large cut is made around the navel that runs from hip bone to hip bone. The surgeon will manipulate the skin, tissues, and muscles and repair weakened abdominal muscles. The belly button also is adjusted to suit your new shape. If upper abdominal correction is needed, then a second cut is made there. Post-surgical scars will fade away, and you will enjoy a firmer, flatter abdomen that better matches a trimmer figure.
After a weight loss surgery, if the breasts are sagging, a breast lift can enhance their shape and make them firmer. In this procedure, all the excess skin and tissue are removed. The nipples are also re-positioned. One can choose to undergo breast implantation to enhance their shape further. In some cases, the surgeon may need to reposition the nipple again in a touch-up procedure.
After a weight loss surgery, patients may have excess sagging skin around the upper arms, which droops downwards. An arm lift, or Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that tightens and smoothens the underlying supportive tissue of the upper arm. Any localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region are also reduced.
Who should undergo Plastic Surgery after a weight loss surgery?
Plastic surgery after weight loss is not done immediately. It is usually best to wait 12-18 months after gastric bypass surgery or gastric sleeve. The patient should meet the below-mentioned criteria:-
- The body has attained a stable weight post weight loss surgery.
- Overall, health is good.
- The patient does not smoke.
- The patient has been leading a committed lifestyle to proper nutrition and fitness.
- If the patient is female and planning for a pregnancy, it is better to wait to have plastic surgery after having a child or more.
One may need to undergo multiple sessions depending on how much loose skin needs to be removed. There are potential risks also with this procedure , like scarring, bleeding, and infection. Be aware of all the risks, and please set realistic expectations of your post plastic surgery look.
Dr Venu Gopal Pareek will discuss with you all the possible outcomes of plastic surgery after a weight loss procedure. He will also guide you in deciding whether you should opt for this procedure or not. For more details, visit Best Bariatric Surgeon India | Weight loss Surgeon India | Dr V Pareek or call +91-91777-77715.