After massive weight loss whether it be through diet alone or with the help of surgical procedures such as gastric banding or gastric bypass the fabulous sense of well being at having actually lost the weight can be tempered by the resultant skin laxity.

Unfortunately, whilst the fat cells shrink leaving you with most of the weight loss that you wanted, the same cannot be said of the skin. More often than not the skin simply will not shrink. This is because the skin will have lost much of it’s inherent elasticity.

There are several recognised categories that massive weight loss patients may benefit from. Procedures may be selected and/or combined. An individual taylor made plan will be formulated between yourself and your surgeon. Below are some of the recognised procedures.

Body Lift: This is often the main concern to patients in weight-loss surgery. This procedure is also known as “buttock lift,” “outer-thigh lift,” or “belt lift.” Patients present with loose hanging folds of skin, mostly over the outer thighs, buttocks, and abdomen.

Outer Thigh Lift: This is a case in which the abdomen and buttocks are mostly okay, and a lift to just the outer thighs is needed. The incision is some length along the belt area of the outer thigh.

Inner Thigh Lift: Same as above, as applies to the inner thigh. May involve a vertical incision along the inner aspect of the thigh.

Tummy Tuck: (Abdominoplasty). This may be done alone or in stages combined with a body lift. (See the separate Tummy Tuck section for further information.

Buttock Lift: This can be done alone or as part of the staging, and involves an incision in the belt area just in the back and partway around the sides.

Breast Lift: Many patients wish to combine this with other body contouring procedures. Implants may also be used.

Arm Lift: (See the separate Arm Lift section).

Chest Wall Lift: Incisions are made along the bra line from the breast around the back to remove these rolls of skin when present.

Facelift: This is often requested by patients with excess facial skin and a loss of elasticity.

The relationship between the amount of excess skin, skin elasticity, vectors of laxity, and excess fat is what will determine the necessary surgical intervention.

with are loss of skin elasticity, poor skin quality (stretch marks), and excess skin because the underlying fatty support framework has been deflated. Furthermore, the skin cannot totally contract back down enough because it has lost its elastic qualities. The underlying muscles and bones are fine but here is laxity in the ligaments that pass from the muscles to the skin to support these areas. will coordinate the features of your anatomy with your expectations, formulate a plan with you, and guide you through this process.

After bariatric surgery it is best to wait until your weight has stabilized. Plastic surgery for treatment of the excess skin can be done in STAGES; less often it may all be done at one time, depending on the anatomy, your medical condition, and your expectations.

The surgery involves making incisions in concealed areas, such as in the underwear lines; however, it is often best to coordinate placement of these incisions with the vectors of greatest laxity. This is how you get the best pull and the best result. To determine your vectors of laxity, use the “pinch test”; pinch up your excess tissue and pull as much as you can to get the maximum result. Where you pinch up the skin is at or near where we should place your incision. Working through the incision I then create a space to loosen any retaining ligaments, tighten underlying muscles as indicated, pull the edges together at just the right tension, trim the excess, and close up the incisions. Some residual fat may need liposuction in certain areas. Deep stitches are secured to the ligaments and bone, so there is less of a tendency for the skin to fall down.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I help prepare for my wight loss surgery?

You should refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin and herbal supplements, as these can increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure to disclose everything you are currently taking, regardless of how menial. Stop smoking and all other nicotine products several weeks prior to your procedure. Your surgeon will discuss the recovery with you as well

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