Procedimientos de Cirugía Plástica Después de la Bypass Gástrico, Cirugía Bariátrica
Surgery Procedures Following Gastric Bypass/Bariatric Surgery
Plastic Surgery Procedures Can I Consider After Significant Weight Loss?
weight loss due to a bariatric surgery (also known as gastric bypass surgery,
stomach stapling, weight loss surgery, and obesity surgery), diet, or exercise,
women and men often elect to have various cosmetic procedures to help them achieve
the body shape that they seek. Following significant weight loss, a person can
be left with a tremendous amount of excess, hanging skin throughout many areas
of the body that cannot shrink back to the person’s new body shape. Additionally,
muscles may also become loose after dramatic weight loss. Due to the lack of
elasticity of the remaining skin, excessive amounts of skin can accumulate and
hang in various areas, including the face, neck, breasts, upper and lower abdomen,
flanks, armpit (axilla), back, buttocks, arms, forearms, thighs, legs, and calves.
Above being physically undesirable, this excess skin can cause considerable
hygienic problems, skin irritation, skin breakdown and pain, infection, and
can lead to problems in finding clothes that can fit properly.
To address these
problems, plastic surgery has become the most popular and most effective solution
for individuals who have lost significant weight due to surgery, diet or exercise.
Facial and body contouring cosmetic procedures can help a patient obtain the
best possible body shape that is hidden underneath the excess skin that remains
after one’s goal weight has been reached. As people who have lost a lot
of weight typically have excess skin problems throughout many areas of their
body and face, it is common for a patient to have several different cosmetic
procedures that address all the problem areas. Among the cosmetic procedures
(discussed below in detail) that patients have after a bariatric/gastric bypass
surgery, diet, or exercise include Tummy
Augmentation (Implants), Breast
Lift, Facial Procedures (Face
Surgery, Neck Lift, Forehead Lift), Thigh
Lift (Thighplasty), Arm
Procedures (Brachioplasty, Lift, Reduction), Buttock Lift, Male
Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia), and Liposuction.
While most of us would probably prefer to have all the necessary facial and
body cosmetic procedures done at once, due to safety issues only 1-3 different
procedures are typically performed at a time. Once all of the necessary cosmetic
procedures are done, the cosmetic results can be extremely rewarding to the
patient in physical, emotional, lifestyle, and functional respects.
Below is a discussion
about each type of cosmetic procedure that can be considered by bariatric surgery/gastric
bypass patients and individuals who have undergone a substantial diet or exercise.
Make Me Heal has created different stores for each of the cosmetic procedures
discussed below, with each store featuring all the specialized surgery recovery
and preparation products needed by a patient having each procedure.
weight loss due to bariatric surgery, diet, or exercise, a person is typically
left with both a large amounts of hanging skin in the upper and lower abdomen
and loose abdominal wall muscles. To address these problems, a tummy tuck (also
referred to as abdominoplasty or panniculectomy) is performed to remove the
excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. The excess amount of skin is
not only physically unappealing to post-weight loss patients, but it can lead
to considerable hygienic problems. Because moisture can accumulate between the
abdominal folds of excess skin, this can lead to a skin condition called intertriginous
dermatitis whereby the rubbing of the skin folds leads to an inflammation. Due
to excess skin, a person can experience skin redness and irritation that is
often painful and can be itchy. Further, the skin can flake and break down,
bleed, and become infected. Without surgery, one has to constantly dry the skin
folds and wear loose, ventilating clothing to minimize the frequency of these
skin inflammation flare-ups. However, this is only a temporary option that does
not give permanent relief.
tuck (Abdominoplasty) is a very effective surgical solution that
can lead to dramatic cosmetic results in the form of removal of the excess skin
folds and tightening of the abdominal muscles. For post-weight loss patients,
this procedure is often combined with a Thigh Lift
(this procedure is discussed below) and buttock augmentation or lift done all
together at once.
weight loss, a woman’s breast can sag and lose breast volume. While the
normal passage of time, aging and the effects of gravity cause breasts to droop
and become less firm, significant weight loss can dramatically speed up this
process and lead to considerable droopiness (known as ptosis) and loss of breast
tissue volume. Fortunately, there are various cosmetic surgery options for treating
these problems. For women who want to reduce the breast sagginess and also want
larger breasts, a Breast
Lift (Mastopexy) is combined with Breast
Augmentation (Implants). For women who desire larger breasts but
do not have much sagging, having breast implants alone can be sufficient. For
women who are experiencing breast droopiness but do not desire to have larger
breasts because they have enough breast tissue, a breast lift alone can treat
the problems and result in a very satisfying cosmetic outcome.
loss from bariatric/gastric bypass surgery, diet, or exercise can accelerate
aging of the facial areas and lead to sagging of the facial skin. Facial aging
occurs faster in individuals who have lost significant weight because the fatty
layer beneath the skin surface thins and diminishes at a much faster rate compared
to a person who has not a lot of weight in a quick period. In general, this
fatty layer is largely responsible for creating a youthful look in a person’s
face. Since this fatty layer loses its thickness following significant weight
loss, this results in facial lines and wrinkles becoming more noticeable. To
rejuvenate one’s appearance and treat facial aging problems, post-weight
loss patients have a Face
Lift (rhytidectomy). In most cases, a facelift will also include
a neck lift. The neck lift can be an especially important component of a post-weight
loss patient’s facial rejuvenation treatment because excess skin and fat
can accumulate in the neck area after significant weight loss. A face lift,
combined with a neck lift, can effectively treat the deep wrinkles, facial skin
sagginess, and excess neck skin and fat by removing the sagging skin and tightening
the facial skin and underlying muscle tissues.
As a face lift
treats the lower part of the face and neck regions, post-weight loss patients
can have an Eyelid
Surgery (blepharoplasty) and Brow Lift (forehead lift) to treat
the upper area of their faces. An eyelid surgery is a popular procedure which
can rejuvenate the appearance of a person’s eyes by correcting problems
such as drooping and heavy eyelids, skin sagging in the eye area, and under-eye
bags. Additionally, a brow lift (forehead lift) is a cosmetic procedure that
can help raise one’s drooping eyebrows, reduce the horizontal forehead
creases, tighten the forehead skin, and remove excess tissue.
skin and fat in the lower body and especially the thighs is a major concern
after significant weight loss and can be both physically unappealing and inconvenient.
Following weight loss, the thigh can look wrinkled and excessively baggy. A
Thigh lift (Thighplasty) can help reduce this excess skin and fat in the thigh
areas. A thigh lift is commonly combined with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
and buttock lift. A body lift is the general term for the procedure that combines
the tummy tuck, thigh, and buttock lifts.
To learn about
this procedure and the various products that you may need for preparing and
recovering from this surgery, take a walk to the Thigh
Lift (Thighplasty) Store.
As is the case
with a thigh lift, a buttock lift can address the problems of excess skin and
fat that can accumulate in the buttocks area. A buttock lift is commonly combined
with a thigh lift and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
weight loss due to bariatric/stomach stapling surgery, diet, or exercise, male
patients may still have large breasts that are not in proportion with their
newly improved abdomen and lower body. In many cases, a patient will also have
droopiness in his breasts in addition to large breasts, or just droopy breasts.
To correct these problems, post-weight loss male patients have a Male Breast
Reduction (Gynecomastia). This procedure can be performed in conjunction with
not a procedure that alone can solve problems that arise following significant
weight loss. Provided that the skin is tight enough and not too loose, liposuction
can be performed in conjunction with some of the procedures discussed earlier
to help reduce excess fat in specific, localized areas. Typically, areas such
as the arms, male breast, back, flanks, knees, calves can be treated by liposuction
while other areas are more effectively treated by a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty),
breast lift (mastopexy), thigh lift (thighplasty), breast augmentation, and
To learn about
this procedure and the various products that you may need for preparing and
recovering from this surgery, take a walk to the Liposuction
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