Losing 100 or more pounds after Bariatric surgery can leave you healthier on the inside, but there will be an excessive amount of loose, sagging skin remaining due to the loss of skin elasticity. Lose skin can be uncomfortable and bacteria can collect in the folds. The most common places where you might see loose skin are the arms, thighs, stomach, back, neck, buttocks, and neck. Women may also experience the loss of breast firmness that results in sagging breasts. The good news is that there are a number of corrective procedures that your Glendora General Surgeon can do to remove the extra skin from any, or all of these targeted areas. In order to avoid future surgical procedures, your surgeon may want you to wait until you have reached your targeted weight goal.
Before any surgery, your general surgeon will evaluate your current health condition and discuss which procedure, or procedures, you may benefit from having. You will be informed of what each process involves, if the procedure will be done as an out-patient or if there will be a hospital stay, the type of anesthetic that will be used, what any scar times will look like, and if there are any potential risk factors. You will also be instructed on how to care for yourself after surgery, what physical activities to avoid while recovering, when you will be able to return to normal, daily activities, and when to schedule follow up appointments with your surgeon.
Surgeries to Remove Excess Skin
- Brachioplasty is underarm surgery. The operation targets and removes extra fat deposits in the upper arm area and it tightens the loose hanging skin.
- Submental Lipectomy is a neck lift. The operation targets and removes fat deposits that have formed under the chin, tightens relaxed neck muscles, and removes the loose skin under the chin.
- Mastopexy is a breast lift. The operation raises and reshapes sagging breasts to be firmer and shapelier. Mastopexy is not a recommended procedure for women who are pregnant or nursing.
- Thighplasty is a thigh and buttock lift. The operation both lifts and tightens sagging in the targeted areas. If there is an excessive amount of sagging skin, the surgeon may elect to remove some of the loose skin before tightening the area.
- Abdominoplasty is abdominal surgery. The operation removes excess fat deposits and loose skin in the stomach area. The vertical abdominal muscles are tightened and repositioned for a firmer stomach wall.
- Panniculectomy is excess skin removal surgery. The operation removes the sagging skin that hangs like an apron over the lower part of the stomach, the genitals, and a portion of the upper thighs. Unlike an abdominoplasty, this surgery does not tighten of any muscles or underlying tissues.