After Weight Loss Surgery, What’s Next?
After you’ve lost weight from having bariatric surgery, your body will suffer a tremendous change and you need to be ready to accept it. It will start in the face, chest, abdomen, arms, and legs. During these changes, bariatric patients ask me many questions about their next step. Below are a few of the most common questions:
“What treatments can help me other than plastic surgery?”
Unfortunately, in the majority of cases, there are just a few options besides plastic surgery to correct the loose, saggy skin that comes as a result of losing a large amount of weight. The non-surgical options are very limited. For these patients, I recommend that you consult with a plastic surgeon professional to see if you are a good candidate for other types of treatments for your excess skin.
“After having weight loss surgery, when can I have plastic surgery?”
Depending on the type of bariatric surgery, and how much excess weight you need to lose, most patients lose their weight after six months or one year. If you haven’t lost all the weight that you would like to, consult with your bariatric surgeon or another member of their bariatric team. If you are at your goal weight (or close to it), you are ready to have plastic surgery.
“What do I need to weigh to have plastic surgery?”
When a person reaches their goal weight before they undergo plastic surgery, but you should know there are some patients who never reach their goal weight or others who will see their weight change once we have removed all the excess skin that hangs in their bodies and maybe some of the extra fat that is still left around. When your weight has stabilized, you can go for a consultation with a plastic surgeon.
“How to decide who to go to have plastic surgery?”
The most important thing is for you to look for an experienced surgeon in the treatment of patients that have lost a lot of weight. Many plastic surgeons specialize in different areas even within the expertise of plastic surgery. You should look for someone who is doing this type of surgeries if not on a daily basis, at least frequently because the only way to improve the expertise is by doing more of this type of surgeries.
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