Dramatic weight loss either through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise is truly a life changing event. You look and feel better, but after any substantial amount of weight loss, the skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to conform to the reduced body size. Hanging skin can affect both comfort and self-confidence and can be a daily reminder of past obesity. Bariatric plastic surgery after weight loss is often done for medical reasons as much as or more than for aesthetic reasons.
However, before having bariatric plastic surgery after weight loss, consider the following:
- Are you at your low weight? Wait until you’re at your low weight and have stayed there for several months. If you had weight loss surgery, you’ll need to wait at least one year, preferably two.
- How is your current physical and mental health? Better overall physical health means less likelihood of complications. Work with your primary care physician to determine if your physical health is appropriate for plastic surgery. Mental health is a big consideration. Surgery preparation and recovery can be a lengthy process, and you must have the proper mindset going into it.
- Would you do this for mental reasons, health reasons, or both? Mentally, the saggy skin may cause you to feel embarrassed both with and without clothes on. Physically, it can cause a myriad of issues ranging from annoying to potentially serious, including:
- Difficulty getting dressed
- Difficulty exercising, which may impact long-term weight maintenance and health
- Skin fold rashes or breakdown of skin
- Skin fold infections
These are just a few of the issues to think about before deciding to move forward with plastic surgery after weight loss. You should consider the severity of the mental and physical issues caused by your excess skin and weigh that against the risks and side effects of surgery along with how much it will cost.
If you live in the Las Vegas area and are considering bariatric surgery, VIPSurg is ready to help. Dr. Tsuda and his team of experts can help find the right treatment for you.