Body contouring procedure may be required after bariatric surgery because the patient may get significant amounts of loose skin after a massive weight loss. However, the surgeon will carefully evaluate a patient’s condition after the weight loss and allow it to stabilize before recommending a body contouring procedure.
Dr. Wiljon Beltre is an experienced bariatric surgeon providing cutting edge weight loss procedures. Dr. Beltre and his team will guide and support the patient through the weight loss surgery and post-operative recovery and beyond. He provides weight loss procedures to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and surrounding communities in this area of the state.
Need for Body Contouring
Following dramatic weight loss with bariatric surgery, the patient may have sagging skin around areas such as the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, face, and neck.
This can occur because the skin would have been overstretched when the patient had excess fat tissue deposits, and may have lost some of its elasticity. Therefore, to restore natural looking and attractive body contours after the weight loss surgery, a patient may require body contouring surgery.
People with the following attributes may consider body contouring surgery following a weight loss procedure:
- The patient has experienced substantial weight loss from bariatric surgery and the follow-up diet and exercise program.
- The patient has loose or sagging skin in one or more areas, which is compromising their youthful body contours.
- The patient’s body weight has become stable after the weight loss surgery and a follow-up diet and exercise program. This may take up to a year or 18 months after the weight loss.
- The patient has reasonable expectations from the body contouring procedure and is prepared to accept some degree of scarring.
- The patient is in general good health after the weight loss surgery, and is not suffering from any such underlying medical condition that can interfere with body contouring surgery.
- The patient is on a healthy diet, has no protein deficiency, and is committed to avoiding smoking for a specified time period before and after the body contouring surgery.
- The patient is prepared to follow the surgeon’s pre- and post-surgical instructions for a safe and predictable body contouring procedure.
Benefits for a Candidate
If the following cosmetic benefits appeal to the candidate, they should consider body contouring surgery after a massive weight loss:
- It helps to remove the excess skin, enabling the patient to fit better into their clothes.
- It gets rid of overhanging skin, which at some point may tend to cause rashes, infections, and painful chafing.
- Improves an individual’s self-image and confidence.
The candidate’s weight should have been stable for at least six months with no further weight loss planned or expected. Body contouring surgery may usually be chosen two years after bariatric surgery.
This time gap will allow the skin to shrink optimally and other health factors to stabilize for a good surgery and recovery. Dedicated bariatric surgeon Dr. Beltre receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and nearby areas for weight loss surgery.
Important Note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.
To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Call 407-830-6868 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.