SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
Think of losing a significant amount of weight like a balloon that has been slowly deflated. It becomes saggy, loose, and misshapen. That’s what happens to skin when it has been stretched by obesity and then the excess weight is lost. The skin hangs. Breasts become flat. Chins and faces sag. The skin under the arms is flabby. Pockets of skin droop around thighs and buttocks. At The Plastic Surgery Group, our board-certified plastic surgeons are experienced in planning and performing complicated surgical plans for body contouring after massive weight loss. Our team can help you complete the last step in your journey to a new you.
Body contouring after major weight loss usually involves multiple procedures to achieve the desired improved appearance. Whether you’ve lost weight on your own or through gastric bypass, the Albany plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group can recommend a customized set of procedures, which will often include one or more of the following
- Face Lift
- Neck Lift
- Arm Lift
- Breast Lift and/or Breast Reduction
- Tummy Tuck
- Buttock Lift
Your plastic surgeon will discuss these procedures with you during your consultation. Be aware that your new look won’t happen overnight. You will likely have several procedures over a period of time. These procedures can often be combined to limit the number of surgeries that you may need. It may even be over the course of a year or two. But, eventually, you will have accomplished what is really the final stage of major weight loss – a more attractive and more toned, new, thinner you!
HOW MANY PROCEDURES WILL I HAVE TO HAVE?
The number of body contouring procedures you have after major weight loss will depend on your personal goals. Your plastic surgeon will recommend what procedures he or she feels will be the most beneficial for you during your consultation.
WILL I HAVE A LOT OF VISIBLE SCARS?
With virtually all types of cosmetic surgery there is scarring. In most cases, however, your plastic surgeon can minimize the visibility of these scars through careful incision placement. Over time, scars will fade and become far less noticeable.
DOES INSURANCE COVER BODY CONTOURING AFTER MAJOR WEIGHT LOSS?
In most instances insurance does not cover these procedures. However, it is always wise to consult with your insurance provider to determine if coverage may be available. Also, discuss this with your plastic surgeon during your consultation.
HOW LONG WILL THE EFFECTS OF THE PROCEDURES LAST?
Generally, your new look will be long lasting. It’s important to maintain your new weight, exercise, and lead a healthy lifestyle to realize the best results of your body contouring procedures.