Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss: What You Should Know
You opted for weight loss surgery in the hopes of improving your health and boosting your confidence.
It worked. Your waist is smaller, your body is healthier, and your self-esteem is through the roof.
Now, the only thing standing in your way is some sagging skin—a reminder of how far you’ve come. Should you call a plastic surgeon, or should you pass it off as a minor cosmetic issue?
Why Plastic Surgery?
Lose a significant amount of weight (e.g., over 100 pounds) in a short period of time, and you may notice loose folds of skin collecting around your waist, buttocks, thighs, and/or arms. It’s a common side effect of weight loss surgery.
It occurs because your skin stretches to accommodate the extra weight you carry around. Once you remove the excess fat, the skin has nowhere to go. The result is sagging skin and overhanging folds.
That can be a cosmetic problem, but it can also create pain and discomfort. Loose folds may get caught on clothes; sagging skin may rub against apparel; pockets of overhanging skin may be more prone to infection.
For many people, the answer is plastic surgery.
Weighing Your Options
Before you sign up for cosmetic surgery, consider the pros and cons.
- Eliminates painful rashes and rubbing caused by overhanging skin.
- May reduce the risk of infection.
- Makes it easier to fit into clothes.
- Improves aesthetics and boosts confidence.
- Permanent scarring, even when hidden, may bother some.
- Aging and weight gain may negatively affect appearance.
- Results may fail to meet your expectations.
Am I Candidate for Plastic Surgery?
Some people make good candidates for post-weight loss surgery. Others should wait or hold off altogether. As always, it’s important to speak with your doctor.
You might be a good candidate for plastic surgery if you can achieve:
Stable Weight Loss: It’s best to wait at least two years after your weight loss surgery. That will give your body time to achieve a stable weight. It will also give your skin the time to shrink as much as possible. At the very least, wait until your weight has been stable for at least six months before scheduling cosmetic surgery.
- Good Health: Chronic medical conditions may increase the risk of complications. People who suffer from diabetes or heart disease, for example, do not make the best candidates for plastic surgery.
- Good Habits: People who maintain a healthy diet and refrain from smoking make better candidates since their bodies are better able to heal.
- Realistic Expectations: If you’re expecting a miracle, you’re liable to be disappointed. Maintain realistic expectations, and you’ll reap the rewards of plastic surgery.
What Type of Plastic Surgery Should I Get?
What procedure you undergo depends on which part of your body is most affected (e.g., abdomen or arms) or which area most troubles you.
Some of the most common procedures include:
- Body Lift (full body contouring, from the buttocks to the arms)
- Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty)
- Buttock Augmentation
- Breast Lift
- Arm Lift
Have questions about your post-weight loss options? Want to know more about what happens after you undergo surgery to lose weight ? Contact 1st Choice Weight Loss. We help our patients make decisions at every step of the way, from the consultation stage to the recovery stage.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, post, or video. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.