BODY CONTOURING AFTER MASSIVE WEIGHT LOSS
What happens next? Many patients after losing a large amount of weight, notice that their skin is having trouble snapping back to the shape that it used to be. The reality of carrying an excessive amount of weight often leads to stretched out skin, causing a loss of elasticity and “deflation” of the many parts of the body. Dr. Bennett C. Yang is here to help. With a combination of surgical procedures, he can use body contouring to help your old skin form into your new body.
The procedures available for excess skin removal are:
Upper Back / Bra Roll
Lower Face / Neck
Each of these surgical procedures is designed specifically for the patient’s needs, while taking into account the issues associated with major weight loss. Dr. Yang in your confidential consultation, can advise you on how many areas are necessary and can be safely done together to help you achieve your goals. Although insurance covers Gastric Bypass Surgery or Bariatric Surgery, it does not usually cover skin removal. Dr. Yang understands this and will try to accomplish as many areas as possible in one surgical procedure helping you to reduce your costs.
The problems associated with excess skin
Massive weight loss options all have one thing in common, they leave all patients with a lot of excess skin. The bitter irony is as your weight drops and your health improves, your skin doesn’t seem to adjust to the new you.
When we think of excess skin the first thing that comes to mind is the aesthetic aspect. In most cases, excess skin looks unpleasant and make you appear larger than you actually are and sometimes older. Problem areas usually are your abdomen, belly, thighs, upper arms, neck, face and buttocks. Though looks can certainly influence your confidence, self-esteem and self-worth, it is important to know that the main concern for anyone suffering from excess skin is pain and reduction of movement. Loose, flapping skin around the thighs can result in rashes and bruising caused by rubbing, the underside of sagging breasts can get red and inflamed. Other areas suffer from these similar problems. Many patients report that their hanging skin affects their ability to comfortably perform day-to-day activities such as jogging, playing with their children and other forms of exercise. Finally, excess skin acts as a constant reminder of the heavier person they once were.
Now left with unsightly and often uncomfortable excess skin that cannot disappear through exercise or any other method other than surgery, what are some options?
Skin Removal Surgery
There is no other option to date that can help patients suffering from excess skin except skin removal surgery. Depending on the areas affected, skin removal procedures vary depending on the area treated and the desired result. The most requested skin removal surgery following extreme weight loss is a tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) is helpful in improving the appearance and feel of the abdominal area by removing excess skin, fat tissue and tightening the underlying muscles. If a tummy tuck is not enough to correct your problematic belly area, then a belt lipectomy (also known as a lower body lift) usually is recommended. A lower body lift procedure extends behind the tummy tuck area and corrects on the entire mid-section of the body removing skin and tightening deeper tissue layers.
Other skin removal plastic surgery procedures include a thigh lift helping to remove the excess skin and tightening up the inner or outer thigh area, the arm lift helping to reduce and tighten the size of the upper arms. Receiving a breast lift can reposition sagging breasts and is often paired with other breast procedures. The general goal of all skin removal plastic surgery procedures for patients who undergone extreme weight loss is to give back a natural, beautiful, newly shaped body, by eliminating problems associated with excess skin. The end result: You can feel more confident with your new figure and go on to enjoy a healthy, beautiful body for the years to come.