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Putting the Finishing Touch on Major Weight Loss

Cosmetic Surgery Can Remove Loose skin After Dramatic Weight Loss

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Excess skin is a problem facing people who undergo rapid weight loss, especially following surgery, like gastric bypass. More people are opting to undergo this kind of surgery, as it’s considered safer and more effective than it once was. About 200,000 adults in the U.S. undergo metabolic/bariatric surgery every year.

You may have heard about the story of one Paul Mason, the former “world’s fattest man.” The former postman out of the U.K. went down from 980 pounds to a relatively svelte 350 pounds after undergoing gastric bypass surgery.

His weight may have dramatically decreased, but now Mason is seeking plastic surgery. Why? To get rid of the excess skin left over.

Not everyone who loses weight is going to experience problems with sagging skin. Various factors determine the elasticity of your skin following weight loss, such as how fast you lose the weight, how much weight you lose rapidly, your age, and how much the skin has stretched. The biggest factor, however, is genetics. Some people’s skin will naturally bounce back even after massive weight loss, if they’ve got the genes for it.

For those whose genetics aren’t quite as resilient, there’s body contouring surgery after weight loss, or a tummy tuck. This will improve the shape and tone of your skin and the underlying tissue that supports it, and removes sagging folds and excess pockets of skin. However, due to the possibility of pockets reappearing if you continue to lose weight after your surgery, your weight has to be stabilized before you can have the procedure performed.

If you’re interested in body contouring surgery, tummy tucks, or are curious what other options are available to you after weight loss, contact Beautologie in Fresno or Bakersfield.

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What Happens During Facelift Surgery After Massive Weight Loss?

After massive weight loss, many people experience excess skin in different parts of their body. Because the skin is often not able to fully retract after being stretched, large folds of skin can appear on the arms, abdomen, and thighs. When this happens, plastic surgery after weight loss can remove excess skin and tighten underlying tissues.

Sagging skin can also appear on the face. This is one of the most troubling aftereffects of massive weight loss, as this skin cannot be effectively concealed. The effects of massive weight loss on the face include sagging cheeks, deep nasolabial folds, and sagging jowls. This can cause problems for weight-loss patients that include:

  • low self-esteem
  • difficulty getting a job, especially in the service sector
  • hygiene problems, including rashes and infections

Fortunately, excess skin on the face that results from massive weight loss can be corrected through facelift surgery. Cosmetic surgeons can use incisions hidden at the hairline, which loop around the front of the ear, to remove this excess skin and tighten the underlying muscles of the face.

Liposuction is also commonly performed alongside plastic surgery after weight loss in order to remove persistent pockets of fat. These fatty deposits, which can endure through massive weight loss, can be easily removed during facelift surgery. A medical tube, known as a cannula, is inserted through the facelift incision and allows the cosmetic surgeon to vacuum out the fat.

It can take roughly 1 to 2 weeks to recover from facelift surgery following massive weight loss. Your recovery time will depend on your health and the extent of the procedure, including whether or not liposuction is used. You may decide to have your facelift alongside another body contouring procedure, or as a standalone surgery.

The results of your facelift surgery after massive weight loss will be apparent almost immediately. They will become even clearer as your swelling subsides and incisions fade.