The number of people choosing weight loss surgeries such as gastric bypass has increased dramatically in recent years. A number of causes contributed to this increase: improved technologies, flexible pricing, and the rise of insurance companies shouldering a portion of the cost.
These surgeries help patients lose weight quickly, but there is one significant side effect: sagging skin. This is often the result of rapid weight loss. To deal with it, patients increasing choose plastic surgery procedures such as tummy tucks, thigh lifts, and arm lifts.
Across the country, post-weight loss patients represent the fastest-growing segment of plastic surgery patients. These patients are typically seeking help with sagging skin at their abdomens, arms, breasts, and thighs. Their reasons are not only cosmetic. This extra skin may also be uncomfortable and even painful.
Plastic surgeons perform a number of body contouring procedures to improve their patients’ comfort and appearance. These include:
Approximately 25 percent of weight loss surgery patients end up electing to undergo plastic surgery. The number is high enough that many plastic surgeons hope to become a part of the conversation before weight loss surgery takes place. This would help give patients a realistic expectation of their post-weight loss bodies. It also helps set a timetable for when plastic surgery should occur. Too soon in the process, meaning while the patient’s weight is still changing, and the patient will likely require a second surgery. Ideally, patients undergoing body-contouring procedures have maintained their weight for at least three months.
If you recently lost a great deal of weight, or are planning a weight loss surgery and would like to learn more about contouring procedures, schedule a consultation to learn more about what to expect and which procedures are right for you.