Individuals who undergo significant weight loss are to be commended for overcoming a huge burden in their life. Unfortunately, while their weight loss represents an incredible accomplishment, some individuals will be faced with more frustrations. The new challenge is usually the hanging skin that resides on the body.
Significant weight loss commonly leaves individuals with skin that cannot conform to the new shape. Regardless of where the hanging skin resides, plastic surgery is needed to correct the issue. This can be a life-changing treatment and serve as a lasting step in your weight loss journey.
The ideal candidates for after weight loss surgery are those who have hanging folds of skin due to losing a significant amount of weight. Most often, this issue is visible early on as a patient loses weight. If you are challenged by loose skin, skin removal surgery can eliminate the issue and secure the tissue and remaining skin for a healthy, tighter look. It is important patients are close to their goal weight before considering skin removal surgery.
Plastic surgery to remove loose skin is almost always considered a major procedure. It is performed using general anesthesia and on average takes about three – seven hours, depending upon the combination of procedures performed. Typically, an overnight stay is necessary.
During the procedure, a form of liposuction is typically integrated during surgery to remove pockets of fat, followed by the surgical removal of skin. This surgery does make larger incisions than most other cosmetic surgeries, but every attempt is made to make the incisions as inconspicuous as possible. Patients will also be given detailed scar healing instructions to facilitate an optimum outcome.
Once released from our care, it is important to allow a week or two to recover at home. Tubes may be implanted near the incision sites to help control drainage, and medical garments should be worn to assist with swelling. For the average person, it takes roughly two-four weeks until you can go back to normal activities but depending on the level of invasiveness involved with the surgery, it could take longer.