Plastic Surgery After Gastric Bypass

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Why There is a Need for a Plastic Surgery after Gastric Bypass

Obesity is a serious weight problem of most people today. Major obesity is hard to treat and it usually involves drastic measures to manage. In extremely severe cases of obesity, gastric bypass or bariatric surgery is often utilized. However, this procedure does not end the nightmare of obese patients regarding their physical appearance. The aftereffect of having a bariatric surgery is excessive weight loss - which gives rise to another set of body issues such as loose skin and saggy breasts. Due to these unappealing body changes, patients often opt for plastic surgery after gastric bypass.

After bariatric or gastric bypass surgery, a patient may lose a large amount of weight over a relatively short span of time (fifteen to eighteen months on average). During this time of drastic weight loss, one’s skin may become inelastic (due to overstretching when the patient was still obese) and therefore the skin could no longer give the patient a good silhouette of his or her new body. This physical phenomenon causes additional problems such as the following:

Facial skin sagging
Breast ptosis (drooping)
Loss of breast volume
Excess abdominal skin
Laxity of the abdominal wall muscles
Hernia
Sagging skin under the arms
Excessive bagginess of thighs and arms

All of these physical problems may arise after losing a lot of weight post-bariatric surgery. The only available solution for patients suffering from these skin inelasticity and physical problems is to have surgery to correct it.

Plastic surgery after gastric bypass is an option that formerly obese patients can utilize in order for their body to take form. For all of the abovementioned physical problems, there is a plastic surgery procedure that can correct it.

Facelifts, eyelid plastic surgery and forehead lifting can repair facial skin sagging. Mastopexy can be performed to lift drooping breasts. This breast-lifting procedure may involve adding breast implants or not. Breast implants can restore the lost breast volume of the patient during the weight loss process and it can also improve the shape and fullness of the breast.

For the abdominal area, abdominoplasty is the perfect plastic surgery after gastric bypass, which can repair lax abdominal wall muscles and eliminate the excess, drooping skin of the tummy. A patient may also opt for a lower body lift procedure to generally improve not just his or her abdomen but also the buttocks and hips. Hernia rarely happens in excessive weight loss, but for these rare cases surgery is helpful. Loose-skin problems in the arm and thigh area can be repaired by a brachioplasty and medial thigh lift respectively.

Only two plastic surgery procedures can be safely combined in one operation. Patients should expect to have series of surgical appointments before all their areas of concern can be addressed fully. When consulting a plastic surgeon, the patient should state his or her concerns of why he or she opts to have a plastic surgery after gastric bypass, as the surgeon needs to fully understand the case at hand so that proper steps can be performed.