Post weight loss surgery addresses concerns with excess skin following extensive weight loss, either through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery. Despite a stable new weight, this dramatic change often leaves patients with excess skin and a deflated appearance. Often overexpanded by previous weight gain, excess skin usually lacks elasticity and tends to sag considerably. Even in younger patients, satisfactory tightening often does not occur naturally. Sagging skin commonly develops around the abdomen, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, upper arms, breasts, back, neck, and face. Depending on the degree of weight loss and loose skin, multiple areas may require tightening procedures to eliminate skin redundancy and improve contours. And to maximize safety, your surgical plan may involve several stages to address all concerns. Board certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Braithwaite and Dr. Cobbins are equipped with numerous techniques to deliver head-to-toe rejuvenation after major weight loss.
To determine if you are a good candidate for surgery after significant weight loss, our doctors will review your health history and perform an examination during your consultation. Good candidates have reached a stable weight, do not smoke, and do not have medical conditions that prohibit safe surgery and normal wound healing. Your doctor will carefully assess your skin laxity, muscle tone, fat deposits, and existing contours. We will also take preoperative photos during your visit. During the consultation, Dr. Braithwaite and Dr. Cobbins will understand your goals and desires and they will review available options and techniques. Your surgical plan may involve combinations of various procedures. Several common procedures relevant to extensive weight loss are listed below.
For more information about post weight loss surgery or to schedule a consultation at our Chicago plastic surgery practice, please contact us via email or call (312) 361-8108 today.