Having weight loss surgery is a big step in life and usually, after weight loss surgery most patients will need some sort of plastic surgery to take care of loose skin, sagging boobs, or even a Mommy Makeover. Going through the weight loss journey is a matter of commitment and dedication. After all of the hard work from weight loss and the successful diet and change in life, a lot of patients, after losing a substantial amount of weight, still may have loose, heavy folds of skin left as a reminder of their former self; their skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to conform to the reduced body size and this keeps them from enjoying their results or even causes additional health concerns.
Due to this situation, Plastic surgery is recommended after dramatic weight loss in certain situations:
- If patient has sagging skin in multiple areas of their body, including the face and neck
- If patient`s weight has stabilized for at least six months with no further weight loss expected (this or 18 months or more after surgery)
- Patient is in overall health without chronic medical conditions
- Patient does not smoke
- Patient has mental stamina, these surgeries require patience and endurance
According to Dr. Alejandro Guerrero one of the leading plastic surgeons in Puerto Vallarta who operates out of the CMQ Riviera Nayarit Hospital and Plastic Surgery PV, “It is very common that extra inches of floppy skin may hang from the upper arms, chest, stomach, thighs and buttocks. This is like having sheets of skin that rub against each other, provoking to the patient body irritation and difficulties for hygiene.” Dr. Guerrero knows that Plastic Surgery will help remove that extra skin and improve the tone and shape of the tissue in arms, thighs, breasts, buttocks, face and abdomen. There are several types of cosmetic procedures. Body contouring and Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) are the most common plastic surgeries in these cases. Many patients after weight loss surgery also look for the Mommy Makeover, whereby they can have their tummy, breasts, arms, and legs fixed in a few surgical visits.
Surgical Body contouring will remove excess sagging skin and fat and at the same time, it will improve the shape of the underlying support tissue. The result is a better-shaped appearance with smoother contours. Tummy Tuck will remove excessive skin and tissue. Sometimes some patients even require a full circumference surgery removing skin all the way around the patient.
It is very important that a person choosing to have plastic surgery after weight loss is close to their goal weight before their plastic surgery, having a steady weight for at least 3 or 6 months before the procedure. It is also a priority that patients who have lost massive amounts of weight, follow adequate nutritional support before any surgery. For these kind of surgeries, patients will require general anesthesia and the recovery time will depend on the type of procedure they are submitted.
Another important fact according to Dr. Alejandro Guerrero is that patients who are interested in having plastic surgery in Puerto Vallarta or anywhere else for that matter, must learn about all of the Plastic surgery options available to them prior to having their surgery. It is important to find out exactly what you need done so that the doctor can help you achieve the goal you desire.
With the proper exercise and nutritional diet, results from tummy tuck and body-countering surgeries after a large amount of weight loss, would be a real life-changing event for weight loss surgery patients. They want obviously to feel free to wear what they want and do activities as anybody else, increasing their self-esteem and reaching their best quality of life.
For more information regarding Clinics/ Hospitals and Weight Loss Options mentioned in this article:
Weight Loss Team – Bariatric Clinic of Dr. Juan F. Hidalgo
Telephone: Toll free 1(800) 404-9064 or + 1(818) 949-6911
Plastic Surgery PV – Dr. Alejandro Guerrero
Telephone: Toll free 1(866) 509-0571 or +1(817) 405-2778