After Massive Weight Loss Beverly Hills
Plastic surgery after massive weight loss, also known as body contouring or post-bariatric surgery, reduces the amount of extra skin and fat left behind after major weight loss. Usually several different procedures are necessary to address all the areas of the body that have sagging skin or a misshapen contour. The goal of these procedures is to restore attractive proportions to the face, neck, upper arms, breasts, abdomen, back, thighs and buttocks. Dr. Hadeed specializes in plastic surgery after massive weight loss. During your consultation, Dr. Hadeed will listen carefully to your concerns and address what your individual goals are. Sometimes multiple procedures can be performed simultaneously, while in other instances staging the procedures may be recommended. Based on your goals, Dr. Hadeed will customize a surgical plan that will give you a realistic picture of how these procedures can help restore a firmer, more defined shape and contour to your body.
Not everyone is a good candidate for body contouring procedures after massive weight loss. In order to be considered, you should achieve your ideal body weight and your weight should be stable for a minimum of six months. Typically, body contouring procedures should not be performed for at least two years after the start of any dramatic weight loss regimen, as this allows time for your skin to shrink and for your nutrition to be optimized. You should be in good overall health, have a healthy diet, and not smoke. Most importantly, you should have realistic expectations of what the surgical procedures can accomplish. You will have permanent scarring, although most people are willing to accept the trade-off of scars for the removal of excess skin and fat. Although the surgery will lead to a marked improvement in your shape, it is impossible to restore the skin to what it would have been without weight gain. Despite the improvements, your skin will sag as part of the aging process.
There are several procedures that can be involved with body contouring. The surgical options include a facelift, neck lift, upper arm lift, breast lift, panniculectomy, lower body lift, thigh lift, and liposuction. Of these, a panniculectomy and a lower body lift are the procedures that are most commonly performed after dramatic weight loss. A panniculectomy removes the hanging apron of skin from the lower abdomen, and a lower body lift reshapes the abdomen, waist, hips, thighs and buttocks. The procedures involved will vary for each individual. Dr. Hadeed uses the latest techniques to improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissues after removal of the excess skin.
Plastic surgery procedures after massive weight loss may be performed on individuals who have realistic expectations for improvement of their body shape. It is appropriate for people who have achieved their ideal weight. The length of the surgery will vary depending on the number of procedures that Dr. Hadeed will perform, and in some instances he might recommend staggering the procedures. The procedures are most commonly performed under general anesthesia. In order to achieve the best possible results, Dr. Hadeed will make incisions in the natural folds of your skin to try and conceal the scars. He will then remove the excess skin and tissue, and in some instances liposuction may also be used to remove any extra deposits of fat. After Dr. Hadeed tightens your skin and is satisfied with the result, he will close the incisions with sutures and then apply sterile dressings. You will have surgical drains which may remain in place for several weeks. You may also be required to wear a compression garment for up to six weeks after surgery, which will help to control swelling as well as maintain your new body shape as you heal. Although you will notice immediate results after surgery, the body will continue to change and improve over the course of the entire year following the surgery.