Surgery After Massive Weight Loss – What are my options?
After achieving a weight loss goal, many people find they are left with large amounts of excess skin, which can be extremely disheartening after they’ve worked so hard to lose weight. Don’t worry though, you are not alone – many people who have experienced massive weight loss are also troubled by the amount of excess skin they are left with. Once your skin has been stretched due to weight gain, it can lose its elasticity and often struggles to shrink back after weight loss.
Surgery after massive weight loss is often an option many people turn to in order to change the contour of their body, get rid of excess skin and tighten their muscles. There are several surgical options available depending on what part of the body has been most effected by weight loss and many of these can be performed at once to reduce recovery time and cost.
An abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck can remove the large amounts of excess skin left behind after massive weight loss. A tummy tuck can address three main areas of concern; lax muscles, excess fat and lose skin. There are several types of tummy tuck procedures available, however the most effective after massive weight loss would be either a full abdominoplasty or an extended abdominoplasty.
A full abdominoplasty removes all the skin below the belly button and tightens the muscles. It can also be combined with liposuction of the abdomen to remove excess fat. This procedure achieves the maximum tightening of the abdominal tissue and the scar usually runs from hip to hip.
An extended abdominoplasty can also be considered if weight loss has led to excess skin extending around the hip. An extension of the abdominoplasty can be used to remove excess skin over the hip to improve body contour. The scar is slightly larger than that of a traditional abdominoplasty.
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A thighplasty, commonly known as a thigh lift, removes excess skin from the thigh area leaving you with a tighter more toned appearance. There are 2 main forms of thigh lift surgery one that address the inner (medial) thigh and one that addresses the outer (lateral) thigh. An inner thigh lift removes loose skin and excess fat from the inner thigh, whereas an outer thigh lift tightens the front and outside of the thigh. Liposuction can also be combined with and inner thigh lift to achieve the best results.
Upper Arm Lift
An upper arm lift addresses the excess skin that can hang under your arms as a result of ageing or weight loss. An upper arm lift reduces the amount of skin and excess fat that lies between the underarm and elbow, giving the arm a more toned appearance.
As women age their breasts can lose their shape and firmness and this can also occur after a large amount of weight has been lost. Many women who have achieved their weight loss goal find that their breasts have started to sag. A mastopexy, more commonly referred to as a breast lift, reshapes and firms the breast by lifting them up. Breast lifts are also commonly combined with a breast augmentation to increase breast size and fullness.
Lower Body Lift
After achieving massive weight loss people find they have large amounts of excess skin around their abdomen, thighs, hips and bottom. A lower body lift addresses all these areas by removing and tightening any excess skin, in one surgery.
If you have achieved your weight loss goal and are now considering surgery to remove excess skin, book a one-on-one consultation with Dr Hunt to see how he can help you.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.