Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss
Many men and women have worked hard to shed significant amounts of weight with diet and exercise or even weight loss surgery. Although it is time to feel proud of their accomplishments, many feel embarrassed instead because of the appearance of loose, excess skin at the abdomen, arms, chest, thighs and neck. The elasticity of skin becomes compromised during the course of weight gain and weight loss with resultant excess skin that is unable to recoil. It can be frustrating to have this undesired side effect of weight loss which can cause difficulties fitting into clothes, problems with exercising, and itchy rashes at skin folds. Dr. Ravi has a specific interest in working with this population. He looks forward to helping them complete the final step in their transformation by surgically removing excess skin and contouring their bodies into a new, sleek look!.Most Common Concerns:
- Excess loose skin
- Remaining pockets of fat
- Stretch marks
- Weakness of abdominal wall
- Loss of figure and waistline
- Sagging breasts with excess skin
Dr. Ravi offers multiple combinations of surgeries for body contouring after dramatic weight loss. His intention is to improve the overall shape and figure by tightening the excess skin and removing stubborn fat pockets. Some individuals require multiple, staged procedures to achieve their desired look. In these cases, it would be best to start from the lower body and work upwards to the face and neck.
Dr. Ravi offers a number of plastic surgery procedures that can be performed in combination or over a series of treatments to tighten the skin and shape a slimmer contour.
Lower body Procedures to complete a weight loss journey:
Upper body Procedures to complete a weight loss journey:
During your initial consultation with Dr. Ravi, he will have a detailed discussion about your realistic goals and will formulate a unique plan to fit your needs. Anyone who is in overall good health and has lost a significant amount of weight and has made a commitment to maintain that weight, lifestyle, and dietary habits may be an excellent candidate for surgery. Patients should be able to demonstrate a steady weight for six months prior to body contouring surgery.
All patients will be seen approximately two weeks prior to surgery for their pre-operative appointment. At that time, surgical consents are signed, photos are taken, and an informational packet is provided, which details instructions for before and after surgery.
The time Dr. Ravi requires to perform body contouring after dramatic weight loss varies, depending on the number and types of procedures the patient elects. These are typically performed as outpatient procedures under either general or local anesthesia (determined by the surgical area), at a credentialed hospital with a board certified anesthesiologist. An extensive procedure may require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Recovery will also depend on the number and type of procedures elected. In most cases, it is reasonable to plan to stay home and rest for one to two weeks. More extensive surgeries understandably require more time for better healing and outcomes.
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