Many people, after losing a dramatic amount of weight through dieting or gastric bypass surgery, are surprised that their bodies don't look the way they expected. The rapid and massive weight loss can lead to a disproportioned body contour with loose, sagging skin in areas such as the face, neck, upper arms, breast, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. Patients may also experience rashes and problems with hygiene due to the excess skin.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the aim of Post-Bariatric surgery is to facilitate the feeling that the patient "fits his/her own skin' after a gastric bypass treatment. This procedure combines several surgeries to reduce the excess skin and fat that is left behind from the expansion of skin, loss of fat and lack of tissue elasticity that often occurs after a major weight loss. Because the surgery is extensive, it may leave visible scars and recovery could take longer. However, most patients feel the benefits of having a more proportionate body, better body image, and self-confidence far outweigh any negative aspects.
Many Post-Bariatric surgeries include a total body lift, which could include the following procedures:
Dr. Daniel Golshani has a special interest and extensive experience in Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery in Beverly hills. When working with Post-Bariatric patients, he is aware that their skin is quite different from a non-bariatric patient and often requires a different surgical approach. After being stretched so much, the skin can be permanently damaged and may have lost its capacity to keep itself 'tight' resulting in skin that will loosen with age faster than a normal patient's. Because of this, it is important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Golshani in order to determine the appropriate techniques for your specific case including an assessment of your skin tone and elasticity.
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