Plastic Surgery After Major Weight Loss

The rise of obesity in America has created a fast-growing trend of weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass or stomach-stapling. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that, in just the US alone, 220,000 people had weight loss surgery in 2009, compared with just 17,000 in 1993.

You can lose 5 or 10 pounds without noticing a significant change in the way your body or skin look. However, with major weight loss (either through diet, exercise or weight loss surgery) comes unattractive folds of sagging skin. In most cases, this excess skin can be found around the face, upper arms, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, breasts and neck.

The only way to get rid of this excess sagging skin is through post-weight loss surgery, such as a full body lift, lower body lift, brachioplasty, neck lift, facelift, or breast lift.

An Illinois-based surgeon explained that the problems excess skin can cause are often as much psychological as physical.

“Excess skin and fat can be physically and emotionally uncomfortable for weight-loss patients. Many of them have been working for years to lose weight and achieve the figure they’ve always wanted. Often patients can also develop rashes or other physical problems from the excess skin. For many, plastic surgery is the final step on their weight loss journey.”

According to ASAPS, “A surgical procedure called the ‘lower body lift’ tightens loose, sagging skin in the buttocks, posterior thighs, hips, outer thighs and anterior thighs using incisions that pass from the back around the hips to the front of the thighs. Localized surgery deals with other sagging areas.

For safety’s sake, these surgeries are not all done at once. If you need a lower body lift, ASAPS recommends that you be as close to your desired or ideal body weight as possible. If, for example, you have tightening of your lower body and then lose weight, the tightened skin will loosen and become saggy.  Conversely, postoperative weight gain will either stretch the skin which has been tightened or undo the improvements of the body lift.

For further information about lower body lift, visit The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery or call our office at (212)472-8700 to speak with Dr. Monasebian and schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Monasebian and Park Avenue Plastic Surgery are committed to performing the highest quality care, which is why our office based surgical office is accredited by the Joint Commission. We also provide all aesthetic and reconstructive surgical procedures of the face, breast and body including: Facelift, Forehead Lift and Browlift, Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift), Rhinoplasty (Surgery of the Nose), Genioplasty (Surgery of the Chin), Lip Enhancement and Jaw Implants, Cheek Dimples and Chin Clefts, Neck and Facial Liposuction, Removal of Skin Cancer and Skin Lesions, Treatment of Facial Lacerations and Facial Fractures, Scar Revision, Cosmetic Revision of Previous Facial Surgery, Corrective Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery, Facial Neurosurgery, Facial Reconstruction, Burns and Burn Reconstruction, Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate, Silicone and Saline Breast Implant Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia), Breast Reconstruction, Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Liposuction and Liposculpture, Brachioplasty (Arm Lift), Buttock and Thigh Lift, Vaginal Rejuvenation and Labiaplasty, Body Lifting and Contouring after weight loss and gastric bypass surgery, and Tattoo Removal. Non-surgical skin and laser procedures provided at Park Avenue Plastic Surgery include: BOTOX® and Juvéderm® Injections, Chemical Peeling and Dermabrasion, Dermasweep Microdermabrasion, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Skin Care and Mole Removal, Skin Resurfacing and Skin Retoning, Face and Body Spider Vein Removal, Surgical Hair Restoration, and the Exclusive Vivité® Skin Care Line.

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