The popularity of liposuction, gastric surgery procedures, and other rapid weight loss solutions has skyrocketed along with the obesity rates, and this has led to an influx of post-bariatric surgery patients seeking body contouring. Plastic surgery procedures after massive weight loss differ somewhat from standard procedures, in that patients seeking to remedy the problem of extra skin after massive weight loss often have much more extensive work to be done than patients seeking a single, simple procedure. Body contouring at our Atlanta, Georgia post-bariatric surgery office often involves arm lift, tummy tuck, and several other procedures, sometimes spaced out over the course of a year or more, in order to achieve the patient’s desired results.
Patients considering plastic surgery after weight loss may want to consider our Non-Surgical Health & Wellness Package, which includes multiple sessions with our Lifestyle and Weight Management Counselor, personal training sessions, skin care consultations, and skin care items to help with your new body!
A brachioplasty, or arm lift, is a procedure designed to remove excess skin and tissue from the upper arm. Skin can begin to lose its elasticity with age alone, but following major weight loss, the excess skin can be very noticeable. At our Atlanta, Georgia practice, our arm lift procedures are designed to hide the scars underneath the arm, while removing as much excess tissue as possible.
Unlike liposuction which specifically targets sections of the body with excess deposits of fat, the thigh lift is a cosmetic procedure designed to eliminate limited fat deposits and excess, sagging skin of the upper leg. Especially effective for individuals who have successfully lost significant amounts of weight, or have not been able to lose fat from certain areas through diet and exercise efforts, the thigh lift can reshape the contours of the leg to enhance the appearance of an individuals’ lower body. Below are the types of thigh lift procedures Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery performs in his Atlanta practice.
The inner thigh lift targets excess skin and underlying fat along the inside of the legs. Through incisions made at the intersection of the pubic area and thigh, the inner thigh lift can effectively improve the leg contours of individuals who have lost weight, healthy weight patients who have isolated areas of fat, or patient who are experiencing leg skin laxity due to aging.
The bilateral thigh lift serves to tighten the skin on the front and outside of patients’ thighs. The bilateral thigh lift better serves individuals who desire their entire leg contour, namely post bariatric patients, to be more dramatically improved as opposed to those who have very specific regions of concern.
The medial thigh lift serves as a means to tighten the skin of the upper third of the thigh. The plastic surgeon employs incisions along the groin to eliminate wedge-shaped sections of fatty tissue and skin for a tighter, leaner looking leg line.
Think about losing a massive amount of weight like a balloon that was slowly deflated. The skin of the balloon becomes saggy, loose, and misshapen. So the human skin, too, is unable to adjust to the loss of volume within it, and becomes ill-fitting. Think of plastic surgery after weight loss as getting your skin tailored to fit your new body, and a body lift is exactly that. Like a Facelift for your lower body, a body lift procedure can include the legs, torso, buttock, hips, and back, depending on the case.
At our Atlanta office, Dr. Whiteman specializes in post-bariatric surgery for males as well. The excess skin and tissue that is leftover after massive weight loss can accumulate in very unflattering areas, and Dr. Whiteman has spent years helping patients regain a more attractive figure after they’ve lost large amounts of weight. Contact our Atlanta, Georgia office if you’re considering post-bariatric surgery.
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Plastic surgery after massive weight loss usually involves multiple procedures to achieve your desired results. It is important to discuss with Dr. Whiteman your exact goals and aims for the procedures, so he can fully and accurately appraise the situation and determine what is needed for those goals to be reached. Please contact our office if you have any questions about arm lift, full body lift, or other post-bariatric surgery. A member of our office team will be happy to help you.
Q: Am I a good candidate for post bariatric (weight loss) surgery?
Candidates for post bariatric surgery include patients who seek body contouring for excess skin following considerable weight loss or weight loss surgery.
Q: How much time will I need for recovery following post bariatric (weight loss) surgery?
After surgery, most patients return to daily activities and work within two weeks. If a patient’s work involves more strenuous physical labor, their downtime could be closer to three weeks. It is recommended to wait a month after surgery to participate in more strenuous exercise.