After Weight Loss Surgery
Individuals who accomplish significant weight loss are to be commended, having overcome a big roadblock in their life. Unfortunately, while their new figure represents a huge accomplishment, in many cases they will be faced with new frustrations. This is often due to the hanging skin left behind on the body. Significant weight loss generally leaves patients with skin that cannot conform to the new shape. Regardless of where the hanging skin resides, surgical intervention is needed to correct the issue. Dr. S. Darrell Lee, a plastic surgeon at Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, offers after weight loss surgery to Port St. Lucie, FL men and women. This can be a life-changing treatment and also serves as a final step in their weight loss journey.
The ideal candidates for skin removal surgery are those who have hanging folds of skin due to losing a significant amount of weight. Generally, this issue is noticed early on as a patient loses weight. The most popular areas of treatment include the bra line, chest, upper arms, thighs, tummy, and upper chin. If you have hanging tissue, skin removal surgery at Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center can remove the deformity and secure the underlying tissue for a healthy, tighter look. It is important patients be at their goal weight before undergoing this surgery.
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Cosmetic skin removal surgery is generally considered a major treatment. It is performed using general anesthesia and can take about 2 – 6 hours, depending on how many procedures combined. Fat removal is usually used during surgery to remove pockets of fat, followed by skin excision. This surgery does require larger incisions than less invasive cosmetic surgeries, so scarring will be associated with this treatment. During surgery, every attempt is made by Dr. Lee to place the incisions as inconspicuously as possible. Dr. Lee or a member of his team will give you detailed scar care instructions for an effective outcome.
What to Expect
Once released from the surgery center, it is important to take a few days to recover at home. Tubes may be placed near the incision sites to help control drainage, and medical garments should be worn to assist with swelling. On average, it takes roughly 2 – 4 weeks until you will feel good enough to resume normal activities but depending on the treatment plan, it could take longer. Dr. Lee finds that most of his patients are healed around 1 – 6 months. This surgery can be life changing for patients, with visible results that are immediate. Finally, you will be able to wear the clothes you could not wear before and move freely without hanging skin slowing you down.
Plan Your Procedure
Reach Your Goals
Weight loss is such a huge achievement, and we congratulate you if you have met your specific goals. If loose and hanging skin is a current challenge, Dr. Lee encourages you to learn about your options for plastic surgery. Call Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in Port St. Lucie, FL today for more information. Our cosmetic team looks forward to meeting you and helping you accomplish your final step in transforming your body.