What Is Post Weight Loss Surgery?
People who have lost 100 pounds or more are likely to experience issues with loose skin folds. These can undermine your confidence and wellbeing, and they can also be cumbersome because they will feel heavy on your body. For this reason, many patients opt for the surgical removal of this excess tissue.
There are several potential types of surgery that could be a great fit, and at your initial consultation, we will determine what changes you’re hoping to achieve. For example, you might need to have some skin removed from your breasts, arms, legs, buttocks, or even your face. Let’s have a closer look at some of the procedures that might form part of your surgery.
The Arm Lift
Skin folds are often noticeable on the underside of your upper arm. In fact, many people come to the clinic to speak to us about tissue in their arms that they are not able to get rid of. The arm lift targets this problem specifically, so that the area between your elbow and your armpit will be restored to its optimal shape.
The Buttock Lift
Another common area that needs some attention is your buttocks. If it has changed shape and size significantly since the start of your weight-loss journey, you may experience sagging skin or loose folds. This can happen no matter what your age is, and it’s usually unrelated to the wrinkling or sagging you’d see during the aging process. With a butt lift, we can remove this extra tissue and restore the round shape of your buttocks.
The Tummy Tuck
You might have some skin folds on your stomach, but there may also be some stubborn fat that can’t be removed by simply exercising or eating a healthy diet. This is actually a very common problem, both among people who have lost weight and the general population.
During a tummy tuck, your surgeon can remove excess skin and fat as well as re-shape the abdominal muscles to achieve the perfect form. You can opt for a mini tummy tuck if your lower abdominal area needs minimal to moderate correction, or you can have a larger procedure where the whole stomach area is re-shaped and the belly button is moved.
The Thigh Lift
Like all of the other procedures listed here, the thigh lift isn’t a weight-loss procedure, although we might use liposuction in order to remove those last pockets of fat that can’t be targeted through diet and exercise. The aim is to restore the smooth shape of your upper legs, both on the outside and on the inside if necessary.
How It Works
Although it’s a safe and routine procedure, your surgery will still require some preparation and aftercare. Before we make a final decision, we will take your general health and goals into consideration. At your initial consultation, we will determine whether you’re a good candidate, then give you all of the information you need prior to your surgery. For example, we’ll tell you that you need to stop taking blood-thinning medication in order to avoid side effects.
The exact nature of your surgery will depend on which of the above-named procedures you’ll need. Some people might need only one or two types of surgery post weight loss, but others will benefit from having their whole body treated. In almost all cases, you’ll be under general anesthesia while your surgeon completes the operation. The surgery will take a few hours, and some patients need to come in several times to benefit from the full effects.
Who Is This Right for?
Here at the clinic, a healthy lifestyle is very important to us, particularly when it relates to the success of your treatment. For this reason, we will advise you to quit smoking before undergoing surgery. Not only can this support your wellbeing, but it will also make your healing process much easier and faster.
Achieve Your Perfect Shape Now
Post weight loss surgery is a great way to finally achieve exactly those results you’ve been dreaming of. After doing all of the hard work of losing weight, we can help you with those last issues you can’t address on your own. The talented team at Female Plastic Surgery Associates of Tennessee in Franklin, TN will be able to assist you with the whole process, from your initial consultation to the recovery process and final check-up.