Bariatric surgery has been popular amongst obese patients to help loose weight. Losing 40 kg or more is a major achievement. But once they reached their goal, they might find that the new healthier, thinner body needs some additional fine-tuning. That’s because large amounts of excess skin that have been stretched around the abdomen, arms, legs, breasts and face may have lost its elasticity. After significant weight loss, the skin often fails to shrink back to its former size and shape.
Choosing your Plastic Surgeon
When considering body contouring surgery, always look for a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with specialised training and significant experience. For the best results, choose a cosmetic surgeon who is affiliated with a major medical centre.
Make sure to ask your cosmetic surgeon about his or her credentials, training and how many procedures he or she has performed.
How do you know when you are ready for body contouring surgery?
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for excess skin removal (body contouring) surgery after significant weight loss is through a thorough consultation with a plastic surgeon because every patient is different.
The most successful outcomes from body contouring surgery can only be achieved when you have met these important criteria:
- Has your weight been stable for at least a year with no further weight loss expected?
- Are you in good health overall? Do you have any chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease? People in poor health are not good candidates for body contouring procedures. You should carefully review your health with a doctor before proceeding with surgery.
- Do you have a healthy diet? Problems such as protein or vitamin deficiencies can interfere with healing after surgery.
- Do you smoke? Smoking slows down the healing process and increases the risk of serious complications during and after surgery. You will be instructed to quit smoking at least six weeks prior to surgery.
Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body contouring can accomplish are also good candidates for body contouring procedures.