Post Weight Loss Surgery at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C.
Performed at our Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming, GA locations.
Significant weight loss achieved through diet and exercise, or through bariatric (weight loss) surgery, is an impressive achievement. Unfortunately, drastic weight loss can leave behind loose hanging skin on various areas of the body. Post-weight loss cosmetic procedures can help improve the body’s appearance by eliminating this excess sagging skin, while lifting and smoothing the underlying support tissues. This will help reveal a smoother and more contoured silhouette.
Because each patient’s body reacts differently to drastic weight loss, every post-weight loss procedure is different. However, the surgery usually involves a combination of one or more specifically targeted elements listed below.
- a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) for the midsection
- a body lift for the lower abdomen, back, and/or hips and flanks
- an arm lift (or brachioplasty) for skin hanging from the upper arms
- a thigh lift to address excess skin around the upper and/or inner thighs
- a breast lift to restore sagging breasts to a higher, more youthful position
Furthermore, post weight loss surgery can also be combined with liposuction to remove isolated fat deposits that have resisted your weight loss efforts. During your plastic surgery consultation, your doctor will discuss your unique goals and expectations, selecting the best procedures to achieve the look you desire.
Am I a suitable candidate for post-weight loss surgery?
The final results of post-weight loss surgery, whether performed on the arms, torso, breasts, or thighs, can be impacted by future changes in weight gain or weight loss. Therefore, good candidates for post-weight loss surgery are adults whose weight loss has stabilized, and who are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness. Ideally, patients should have a positive outlook and realistic goals, and should not have any pre-existing medical conditions that might impair healing or increase their risk of infection. Since cigarette smoking may have a detrimental effect on the healing process and blood flow to the skin, it is strongly recommended that those seeking post-weight loss surgery either be non-smokers or refrain from smoking in the months prior to and after their procedure.
Is it necessary that I have had bariatric surgery before getting post weight loss body contouring?
Not at all! Post-weight loss plastic surgery is designed to help remove excess, sagging skin that may have been left behind after significant weight loss, but how that weight loss may have been achieved is irrelevant. The skin constantly shifts and stretches to accommodate the movement of the body, but as we grow older the skin can gradually lose its elasticity. This is often most noticeable when a body that had been overweight for many years loses excess weight rapidly, whether that be through traditional diet and exercise, through bariatric surgery, or even after significant weight gain during pregnancy. In any case, the skin that has been stretched out of shape can sometimes fail to snap back into its former position, leaving loose folds that hang and sag. Post-weight loss body contouring procedures carefully remove that excess skin while improving the shape of the underlying support tissue, restoring a smoother and aesthetically pleasing physique.
How long will I have to wait after post-weight loss surgery before I can resume normal activities and exercise?
All patients are different, and individual healing times can vary a great deal. In most cases it will be at least two weeks before you will be able to resume regular activity, and even longer before attempting strenuous exercise. Very light activity may be recommended in order to improve circulation and speed recovery, but it is likely that your surgeon will instruct you to avoid bending, straining, or lifting for several days or even weeks after your procedure. Again, this depends on what procedures have been performed, and on your own individual healing requirements. As with all plastic surgery procedures, you should carefully follow all post-operative care instructions and diligently keep all scheduled follow-up appointments in order to minimize the possibility of complications and make sure that your recovery proceeds as smoothly as possible.
Consultations are available at our offices in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming / Forsyth, and Northside / Sandy Springs, Georgia. The physicians listed below perform post weight loss surgery, and you can also view our before and after post weight loss surgery gallery.