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Surgery After Massive Weight Loss

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Whether you have lost 20 lbs or 120 lbs, by diet or by bariatric surgery, it has been a struggle, with ups and downs along the way. You feel better, you are more energetic, you are healthier, often times leaving your high blood pressure or diabetes behind with all the weight. Initially, the prospect of shopping was exciting, but the extra skin after weight loss poses certain challenges. Excess rolls of loose skin are unsightly- may interfere with physical activities, causing chafing, and yeast infections and it may make you self conscious about the way you look. After all isn’t that why you lost the weight in first place?

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What types of procedures can be done after Massive Weight Loss?

Weight loss effects the entire body, not just one area. Exercise is an excellent way to burn calories and improve muscle tone but it has no effect on loose, hanging skin. Plastic surgery gives you the opportunity to remove all the excess skin that is left behind after weight loss and feel better about yourself. Plastic surgery after massive weight loss is a combination of surgical procedures aimed at removing the loose skin and enhancing your body’s shape and proportion. Each case is unique in its distribution of loose skin. This dictates the selection of procedures and the location of the incisions. Every attempt is made to hide incisions in natural skin folds and beneath clothing.

Upper Body Lift

Upper body lifts generally are related to loss of breast volume and sagging chest or arm skin. The treatment generally involves a breast lift with or without an implant to create a more youthful appearance. This is often a standalone procedure but here it can be combined with an arm lift or even a bra roll lift depending on the distribution of loose sagging tissue. In men a breast reduction is performed to remove the loose skin.

Lower Body Lift

Lower body lifts will improve the abdomen, buttocks, pubic region and outer thighs all at the same time. It is an extensive procedure involving a tummy tuck incision that continues onto the back. This permits a 3-dimensional recontouring with a tightening of the underlying muscle and a resuspension of the tissue achieving the best results. The addition of an inner thigh lift will help tighten the loose skin between the legs.

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Am I a good candidate for surgery after Massive Weight Loss?

The ideal candidates have reached and maintained a stable weight for several months and are unhappy with their appearance. They are generally healthy with no chronic medical problems. It is important to maintain realistic expectations to be satisfied with the results of these surgeries.

These surgeries can be lengthy and are staged for safety. Multiple procedures are often needed to address all areas of concern. They are performed a few months apart. Procedures performed at the same time may include:

  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Augmentation with Lift
  • Arm Lift (Traditional or Extended)
  • Liposuction
  • Thigh Lift
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Body Lift
  • Facelift

What is the consultation like?

During the consultation, you will have ample opportunity to discuss your personal aesthetic goals with Dr Friedlander. After she has examined you, she will review the best treatment plan to address all of your needs. It is often possible to safely perform or stage several procedures at the same time reducing your costs and recovery time. She and her staff will review the surgery in great detail. Every treatment plan is individualized for your specific needs.

What are the risks and recovery like for surgery after Massive Weight Loss?

Dr. Friedlander will review the risks and recovery with you based on your specific treatment needs. Many of those answers can be found by reviewing the pages listed under adjunct procedures. Recovery times vary greatly, depending on the procedures performed, but generally require 1-3 weeks out of work and 4-6 weeks restriction from strenuous activities.

Schedule a consultation for surgery after Massive Weight Loss

You deserve to look your best after all the effort you’ve put into losing those unwanted pounds. For more details and to find out which procedures you are a candidate for, please contact us to schedule a consultation or call our office at 973-524-7124.


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