The changes that accompany weight loss are, for the most part, positive. But saggy skin is a concern for many bariatric surgery patients. It may affect skin hygiene, comfort and self-confidence. It may also be a daily reminder of your former self.
Does everyone experience saggy skin?
Everyone is different, making it hard to predict how each body will look after bariatric surgery. How your body looks following a large weight loss is directly related to the elasticity of your skin. Skin in regions of your body that are most stretched tend to be less elastic and, therefore, loose and saggy.
What areas are most affected?
Any part of the body can be affected by loose skin. The most common area of concern is the belly and the the fold of skin in front of the abdomen called a “pannus.” In addition to preventing clothes from fitting well, a pannus can cause skin irritation and can interfere with exercise and normal activities.
Dr. Price offers a body contouring surgical procedure called a Body Lift…the best solution to sagging skin following bariatric weight loss surgery. During body lift surgery, an incision is made along the abdomen and excess belly skin is removed. The buttocks, hips, thighs, and arms can also be lifted with the same procedure. Liposuction is usually done to remove pockets of fat, and a buttock augmentation may also be done.
When should you consider a body lift?
For optimal results, consider a body lift when you are as close to your goal weight as possible and your weight has been stable for at least three months. Maintaining a healthy, stable weight and engaging in a good exercise program are vital to the success of both your bariatric surgery and your body lift.
When you are ready, call to schedule a consultation, and let’s discuss the cosmetic surgical options available to you: (203) 453-6635.