Body Contouring After Extreme Weight Loss

A New and Improved You

Due to the increasing popularity of gastric bypass for obesity, surgeries performed to reduce excess fat and sagging skin are becoming more and more common. Underneath all of the extra skin and fat is a newer shape – and new and improved you - that’s hidden and ready to finally reveal itself. This final step toward regaining your confidence and self-esteem can be achieved with the help of a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon

After gastric bypass, a person typically loses a significant amount of weight over a short period of time (approximately 12-18 months). Because of this rapid loss, the remaining skin tends not to retain the elasticity to “shrink back down” to your new, underlying shape. This excess, hanging skin can potentially cause hygiene issues and patients tend to have problems finding clothes that fit properly.

Below are the most common issues men and women face after extreme weight loss, and the procedures they seek to resolve them. It’s important to note that all of these issues cannot necessarily be addressed during a single surgery.

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Abdominoplasty

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Since weight is lost so quickly after gastric bypass, the skin is not able to bounce back and show off the shape that lies underneath. Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, can help you achieve the midsection you've always dreamed of.

(This photo was taken during a surgery I recently performed on a patient of mine who lost 150 pounds.) 

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Breast Lift / Augmentation

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After dramatic weight loss, breasts tend to sag. This issue can be resolved with a breast lift, and implants can also be added to help restore volume and shape. For men, breast reduction surgery is an option. 

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Facelift

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A facelift can help rejuvenate sagging facial skin after significant weight loss. This procedure is also known as a rhytidectomy, which means "removal of wrinkles." Another procedure beneficial for people experiencing sagging facial skin is blepharoplasty, also known as an eye lift. 

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Brachioplasty

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Brachioplasty, or an arm lift, helps to address hanging arm skin left over after extreme weight loss. The procedure will tighten, reshape, and improve the contour of the upper arms and connecting area of the chest wall. 

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Thigh Lift or Lower Body Lift

Many gastric bypass patients experience wrinkling and bagginess of their thighs. This can be resolved with a medial thigh lift, which lifts the inner thighs. A lower body lift addresses the outer and posterior portions of the thighs. 

Have you experienced extreme weight loss?

If you think you are a good candidate for any of these procedures, make a consultation appointment with an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon. He or she will discuss the pros and cons with you, and together you can decide if any – or all – of the surgeries above are right for you.

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