After Weight Loss Surgery
Rapid, prolonged, and significant weight gain can cause the skin to lose its natural elasticity. If this occurs, your skin may be unable to retain the shape it was before the weight gain.
When the body undergoes sudden, massive weight loss, the skin may shrink back to some degree, but what is often left is loose, flabby skin.
After weight loss Surgery, Dr. Kamran Khoobehi can remove excess tissue and improve the contours of the body. Patients are recommended to wait at least two years from the start of their weight-loss program and six months after reaching their goal weight before undergoing post-bariatric surgery. This is to ensure that your body is healthy and that you are maintaining a stable weight. Patients who have this surgery consider it life-changing and it often marks the final transformation of their weight loss journey.
Weight loss patients often realize the need for skin removal surgery when the following conditions become evident as they near their goal weight:
- Sagging breasts
- Loose folds of skin around the abdomen
- Hanging skin and fat pockets around the hips
- Sagging skin and excessive wrinkling around the buttocks area
- Hanging skin from the inner thigh to the knee area
- “Bat wings” or loose skin on the underside of the arms
- “Turtle neck” or loose skin around the neck
Many of these conditions are inevitable after any major weight loss because skin, when stretched for a long time, loses its elasticity and fails to shrink back as the body becomes smaller.
After weight loss surgeries it may be ideal to trim down this excess of skin resulting in a tighter and firmer appearance.Dr. Khoobehi recommend grouping certain treatments together as they relate to the lower or upper body in order to minimize the risks of complications. An example of how a surgeon may group the surgeries include:
- The upper body: Procedures such as liposuction, breast lift, tummy tuck and arm lift may be performed.
- The lower body: Procedures such as liposuction, butt and thigh lift, lower body lift may be performed.
After Weight loss surgery is considered a major operation in which the patient is put under general anesthesia at Outpatient Surgical Center. The number of hours it takes to complete this surgery varies, but on average it is between 4-6 hours. While scarring is a part of this surgical process, Dr. Khoobehi will make every effort to ensure that the incisions are kept as inconspicuous as possible. Post-surgery care is also prescribed so that the scars will heal properly. After surgery, patients are required to wear a compression garment to help the body adjust to its new shape. Dr. Khoobehi recommends Endermologies (post surgery massage) to be completed at least 5 times after surgery which helps reduce swelling and induce circulation. For many patients, the results after surgery are so positive and impactful, they are life-changing.
Since this type of surgery is often a combination of procedures, the cost will vary based on the number of procedures performed. On average, patients should expect to pay a minimum of $15,000-$25,000. Dr. Khoobehi is known for his expertise and personalized approach in performing after weight loss surgery. He works closely with each patient to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to their specific needs and goals, ensuring that they achieve the best possible outcome.
After Weight Loss Surgery FAQs
Common Areas Treated?
Typical body parts that are addressed for surgery are the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, breasts, arms and neck. The most common areas for improvement include the breasts and abdominal areas, which can usually be done at the same time. During the course of losing weight, the areas of loose skin will become more obvious and that is when we would suggest to contact Dr. Khoobehi office to schedule a consultation.
Before moving forward with this procedure, patients should be at or near their goal weight. Sometimes, removing the loose skin helps accelerate weight loss. This is the case when loose skin gets in the way of the patient’s daily physical activities.
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