Obesity is a disease of the modern age which is very difficult to correct once it reaches significant proportions.
Thanks to the increased awareness amongst the masses and developments in the medical field in the form of Bariatric surgery, these patients have finally been able to achieve major weight loss.
However, even after achieving major weight loss, the bariatric patients are often left with loose, excess skin that embarrasses them and makes their weight loss achievement less obvious.
Major weight loss is achieved by following a strict diet and exercise regime or by Bariatric Surgery. In either of the case the redundant skin should be removed to achieve gratifying results.
The goal here is to restore attractive proportions by removing the sagging skin around the face, neck, upper arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks and thighs that creates a misshapen contour. Although these procedures leave scars, most patients find them to be an acceptable tradeoff for an improved appearance.
Body contouring procedures may include:
• Facelift: sagging of the mid-face, jowls, and neck
• Breast lift: sagging, flattened breasts
• Tummy tuck: apron of excess skin hanging over the abdomen
• Lower body lifts: sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs
• Medial thigh lift: sagging of the inner, outer and mid thigh
• Brachioplasty (arm lift): sagging of the upper arms
Good candidate for plastic surgery after dramatic weight loss are:
The patient’s weight has been stable for at least six months with no further weight loss expected
He or she is in overall good health without chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease
He has a healthy diet; problems such as protein deficiencies can interfere with healing
He has realistic expectations; surgery will lead to marked improvements in your shape, but it is impossible to restore the skin or body to what it would have been without the weight gain or to what it was in your teens or twenties.