Surgery After Weight Loss
What is Surgery after Weight Loss?
After losing a significant amount of weight, both men and women can experience loose skin and areas of stubborn fat that will not go away, despite a healthy lifestyle. Body contouring procedures following weight loss can help to address these concerns for a slimmer, more proportionate body silhouette.
Who is a Candidate?
Those who have lost a large amount of weight and are struggling with excess fat and loose skin can often benefit from surgery after weight loss. Patients should be at a stable body weight for at least 4-6 months and not be planning on losing any more weight, as further weight loss could affect final results. For most patients, this point is about 2-3 years after the beginning of a program. In addition, your nutrition should be optimized to ensure proper wound healing. An individualized treatment plan can be discussed with Dr. Fichadia during an in-office consultation.
Surgery after weight loss consists of body contouring procedures, including tummy tuck (standard, extended or fleur-de-lis) circumferential body lift, arm lift, thigh lift, or breast lift. The aim of these body contouring procedures is to remove excess skin that hangs from the body. Liposuction is often combined along with these procedures to remove fatty deposits for optimal results. Your body contouring procedure that is right for you will depend on the location of your excess skin and fatty tissue, and the amount that needs to be removed.
Results and Recovery
Patients should maintain a healthy diet and exercise plan after their body contouring procedure to enjoy long-lasting benefits. However, the effects of gravity and aging will continue to play a role in your results over time. Those who maintain their weight and understand what to expect are often very happy with their results for years to come. Recovery will differ depending on the body contouring procedure that was performed. Following Dr. Fichadia’s post-op instructions can help to ensure a quick and safe recovery.
If you are interested in learning more about body contouring options after weight loss, contact our Portland office today. Dr. Fichadia will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to meet your individual aesthetic goals.