People who have undergone massive weight loss following gastric bypass surgery often find that they are left with sagging folds of skin that will not conform to their new body shape. Even someone who loses a large amount of weight through diet and exercise can be left with loose, redundant skin. Unfortunately, this skin has lost its elasticity and remains excessive, leaving surgery as the only way to reduce it. A recent study showed that patients who had plastic surgery following massive weight loss after bariatric surgery were able to keep their weight off better than the patients who did not have plastic surgery. This shows not only the cosmetic benefit of plastic surgery for weight loss patients, but also a medical benefit.
A lower body lift can reduce excess skin around the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks, improving patient mobility and giving the lower body a more contoured, attractive shape. Depending on the patient’s needs, Dr. Mackenzie may perform abdominoplasty, belt lipectomy, liposuction, medial thigh lift, lateral thigh lift, or a combination of these procedures. There may be other procedures that are indicated as well, such as mastopexy (breast lift) or brachioplasty (arm lift), and your body makeover may need to be completed in more than one stage. Safety is always a priority when Dr. Mackenzie plans your plastic surgery, and all your procedures may not be able to completed in one day. Scar care and skin care are integral components to getting the best aesthetic result after surgery; see our page on products that we include with your surgery package HERE.
If you have had massive weight loss but are unhappy with the remaining excess skin, you should consider plastic surgery in Santa Barbara with Dr. Mackenzie to complete the body makeover you envisioned when you began your weight loss process. The weight that is lost after bariatric surgery can often take a year or more to come off, so usually we don’t consider plastic surgery until after that year. If you think your weight loss has plateaued and you are ready to take the next step in your transformation, give us a call.
Contact Pacific Plastic Surgery today to learn more.