Surgery After Weight Loss – Frequently Asked Question
It is normal to have lots of questions before undergoing surgery and it is always important to discuss these with your surgeon. If you are considering surgery after weight loss Dr Hunt has answered some of the most common questions associated with these procedures.
Is it possible to combine procedures after massive weight loss?
Patients who have lost a substantial amount of weight will often be troubled by extra skin on the abdomen, hips and thighs. They may also have loose skin on their upper arms and female patients may find they have lost volume in their breasts.
It is possible to target several of these areas during one surgery, however there will be a limit to the number of procedures that can be combined in one sitting. If more than one surgery is required a staged approach will be undertaken, with potentially two procedures combined in one operation, followed by a second procedure 3 to 6 months after the initial surgery.
To ensure patient safety all surgical procedures should take place in a fully accredited hospital with a surgeon who has extensive experience in preforming the procedure.
What happens if I gain or lose weight after body contouring surgery?
Following body contouring surgery, such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift, patients will be able to comfortably increase or decrease their weight by approximately 10 to 15 kg without impacting the results of their surgery.
Is there an ideal weight at which to do body contouring surgery?
After massive weight loss or following weight loss surgery, many people will have lost up to 100 kg of weight, sometimes even more.
The ideal time for surgery is once a person has reached their goal weight and this weight remains stable. If someone has undergone bariatric surgery, such as a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve, this can be up to 12 months post-surgery. If someone has achieved weight loss through diet and exercise, this can be when they have reached their goal weight and their weight is no longer dramatically increasing or decreasing.
Is it better to lose weight quickly or slowly?
Weight loss is always going to be beneficial for your health whether the weight is lost quickly or slowly. However, it doesn’t matter if you lose weight quickly or slowly, the degree of deterioration and elasticity in the skin will not be different and people will still see excess or sagging skin after dramatic weight loss.
To learn more about surgery after massive weight loss with Dr Hunt, click here. You can also view a collection of before and after photos from Dr Hunt’s previous tummy tuck patients. To book your consultation with Dr Hunt, click here.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.