ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS SKIN SURGERY
Achieving substantial weight loss is an accomplishment that requires months (or even years) of hard work and extreme dedication to a lifestyle change. In many cases, men and women who have succeeded in shedding excess pounds experienced improved health, stamina, mobility, and overall quality of living. However, extreme weight loss often comes with one major drawback: loose, hanging skin. Patients who have met their health goals through losing weight may still be a few steps short of attaining the body they want.
To address excess skin left behind by significant weight loss, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino performs post-weight loss skin removal surgery. This treatment is a series of procedures that are developed and customized to suit your unique situation and meet your goals. If you've lost a large amount of weight but feel disheartened by unwanted skin, contact Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery in Doylestown, PA and Cherry Hill, NJ to set up your private consultation.
WHO GETS LOOSE SKIN SURGERY?
The patients best suited for skin removal surgery are those dealing with loose tissue following massive weight loss or weight fluctuations that have occurred over time. Generally, severely loose skin presents itself more frequently in men and women who have lost 100 pounds or more, but hanging skin can also be visible in the early stages of weight loss. For individuals who have stretched skin that hangs and gets in their way, Dr. Tamburrino at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery can develop a personalized after weight loss surgery treatment plan that meets their needs. During your procedure, any unwanted skin will be excised, lifted, and tightened for a slimmer, more taut appearance.
HOW IS IT DONE?
Plastic surgery to remove loose skin is often considered a major treatment. This surgery utilizes general anesthesia and lasts between 3 – 7 hours, depending on the combination of procedures performed. In most cases, an overnight stay is necessary. A form of liposuction is often utilized during the procedure to remove pockets of fat, which is then followed by skin removal. This surgery does require longer incisions than less invasive cosmetic surgeries so varying degrees of scars will be associated with this treatment. During surgery, every effort is made by Dr. Tamburrino to make the incisions as discreet as possible. Dr. Tamburrino or a member of his team will give you comprehensive scar healing instructions for an effective outcome. Some of the procedures that are commonly done as part of an after weight loss surgery treatment plan are:
- Arm lift
- Tummy tuck
- Lower body lift
- Breast lift
- Body contouring
What to Expect
When you are released from our care, it is important to schedule enough time to rest at home. Small drainage tubes may be implanted near the incision sites to help minimize swelling, and compression garments will be provided to reduce swelling. For most patients, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until they can resume low-impact activities; however, depending on the complexity of the surgery, this period could be more lengthy. Dr. Tamburrino finds that most of his patients are fully healed around 4 – 6 months. This surgery can be life-changing and produce noticeable outcomes that are immediate and dramatic. Although the healing process can be lengthy, many find that the benefits reaped from surgery far outweigh the downsides.
after WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY FAQS
What procedures will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Common areas that are addressed during this treatment are the stomach, butt, thighs, breasts, neck, and arms. During your consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will listen to your concerns and goals before performing a full physical examination of your body to assess loose skin. Once he has understood your goals and studied the areas of concern, he will give you his suggestions on what should be part of your after weight loss surgery.
When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
When you have lost a significant amount of weight, the areas of loose skin will be noticeable. It's usually around this time that you should schedule your initial consultation at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery to learn more about your post-weight loss surgery options. In this initial consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will discuss the procedures that might be part of your personalized surgical plan. Before moving forward with surgery, you need to be at or near your goal weight.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
Your recovery will depend on your surgical plan. If you had many areas treated, you should plan more time for your recovery. In your consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will talk to you about what you should expect during your recovery and what may help you be more comfortable. Follow-up appointments at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery should be scheduled so Dr. Tamburrino can assess your progress.
A CONTOURED FRAME
Losing weight is a tremendous accomplishment that should be recognized and congratulated. Patients who are able to shed excess pounds are often able to improve their total health, as well as their quality of life. However, losing weight can often cause loose, hanging skin that prevents you from fully enjoying the benefits of your new health and body. Thankfully, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino offers after weight loss surgery for patients across Doylestown, PA and Cherry Hill, NJ. If sagging skin is keeping you from wearing the clothes you want and living your life to the fullest, contact Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery and learn about your options.