Plastic Surgery After Massive Weight Loss Bellevue & Kirkland
Around the world, over half a million people undergo weight loss surgery, such as a gastric sleeve or bariatric surgery every year. These surgeries can be completely life-changing for patients who have struggled to lose weight or are facing major health problems due to their weight. While these procedures are often effective, they create a new problem for these patients: loose, saggy, and extra skin. This is where plastic surgery can come in. Dr. Craig Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery offers the best plastic surgery after massive weight loss Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
Overview: How Massive Weight Loss Changes The Body
Throughout a standard lifetime, the skin of the body will expand and contract. Normally, this is not too noticeable or creates some stretch marks at worst. However, in cases of major expansion, full contraction is not always possible. For example, following pregnancy, the body often experiences permanent changes which may include loose skin on the abdomen.
When it comes to massive weight loss, the concept is similar. When you gain weight, the skin expands to accommodate the new fat. However, when this fat is lost, the skin cannot always fully contract. Younger people are more likely to see a better contraction, but even then it is not always possible to avoid having extra skin. After weight loss surgery, a patient may lose a large volume of weight in a relatively short time, this can worsen the condition of the skin.
People who experience massive weight loss from either surgery or dieting may see changes in their bodies such as:
- Hanging skin on the lower abdomen
- Stretch marks
- Deflated breasts
- Hanging skin on the arms and thighs
- Bunched skin on the mid back and bra roll area
The extra skin in these areas can also cause a decrease in quality of life and even health problems such as:
- Problems exercising comfortably
- Rashes, ulcers, and/or irritation due to hanging skin
- General discomfort
- Not able to wear clothing that truly fits
- Poor body image
Candidates For Plastic Surgery
After weight loss, people who present with troublesome extra skin that they want to remove from one or more areas of their bodies are often candidates for plastic surgery. Assuming their anatomy matches with skin removal surgery, their health is then evaluated. Patients should be in good general health and able to withstand a potentially long surgical session. Occasionally, Dr. Jonov may recommend splitting it into two sessions.
It is important that patients who are going to undergo body contouring after weight loss surgery do not smoke. This increases their risk of poor healing and skin necrosis. Otherwise, with no major medical concerns, Dr. Jonov may determine a patient a good candidate for plastic surgery after massive weight loss.