Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss FAQs
What kind of plastic surgery procedures are commonly performed for weight loss patients?
While it depends greatly on the individual, some of the most common procedures performed following significant weight loss include:
- Face Lift: Following significant weight loss, loose skin becomes more apparent. There are different types of face lifts to address your individual characteristics.
- Brow Lift: A brow lift makes your eyes appear alert without showing signs of cosmetic surgery.
- Lower Body Lift: This combines several procedures into one and is one of the most impressive plastic surgeries. A Lower Body Lift removes and tightens skin around the thighs, buttocks, and stomach and flanks.
- Abdominoplasty: Contours the entire abdominal area and removes excess skin.
- Breast Lift: Done with or without implants, a breast lift raises breasts to help their position and shape.
- Arm Lift: Also known as a brachioplasty, an arm lift removes the extra skin that falls below and along your arm. This procedure can be done in conjunction with a breast lift.
Studies have shown that the more successful people are with their weight loss, the more dissatisfied they may be with their appearance. The main concerns are with the appearance of excess skin, all of which can be addressed with the procedures outlined above.
What are the physical benefits of surgery following weight loss?
The most dramatic improvements in quality of life occur as a result of the actual bariatric surgery or other forms of weight loss; however, plastic surgery is becoming an extension of the weight loss process because it completes the body contouring transformation.
What are the emotional effects of post-bariatric surgery?
When Dr. Shuster surveys weight loss patients, 94% of them have improved self-image and 91% report improved self-confidence. Patients may also have a sense of completion in their physical transformation.
Which factors determine a good candidate for surgery following weight loss?
Several conditions are considered when determining candidates for plastic surgery after weight loss including:
- Metabolism: A patient's weight should be relatively stable.
- Current Health: Medical problems should be well controlled before undergoing surgery.
- Non-Smoker: Smokers must stop smoking weeks prior to surgery and following the procedure until they are healed.
How will my lifestyle be affected by surgery following weight loss?
Healthy living and nutrition are basic tenants of a quality lifestyle. Patients should pay special attention to these factors before and after surgery, to promote postoperative healing.
Dr. Shuster personally performs plastic surgery consultations in his Miami/Fort Lauderdale area office. Request a consultation to learn more about plastic surgery following weight loss.