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After Weight Loss Surgery

After Weight Loss Surgery (Post-Bariatric Body Contouring) – Scottsdale, AZ

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After Weight Loss Surgery

After you lose significant amounts of weight, sometimes called "Massive Weight Loss", sagging of the skin is inevitable. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. Different procedures can help different parts of the body; call the office for a consultation, and Dr. Nachbar will be happy to tell you how we can help.

For some patients, this occurs after gastric bypass or after gastric stapling procedures. These procedures reduce the size of the stomach, producing a gastric pouch that fills more quickly and produces satiety, or a sense of fullness, after a smaller amount of food. For many patients, this can help with weight loss, but is no magic cure. It still takes significant discipline to lose large amounts of weight.

For other patients, massive weight loss can occur with dietary restriction and exercise without gastric surgery.

However you lose the weight, massive weight loss will produce loose, hanging skin, because the stretching of the skin will have produced a loss of elasticity, preventing the skin from "snapping" back. The only effective way to deal with this problem is surgery, to remove the excess tissue.

These surgeries tend to produce significant scars, which are, however, very well tolerated, due to the dramatic improvement in appearance, and even in ability to get around without the hanging skin interfering with your movements. To treat all the areas desired often requires multiple procedures.

Dr. James Nachbar, a plastic surgeon at Scottsdale Plastic Surgery, offers after weight loss cosmetic surgery to men and women. This is usually a life-changing procedure and the last step in their weight loss journey.

Ideal Candidates

The ideal candidates for skin removal and tightening surgery are those who have excessive loose skin due to losing a significant amount of weight.

In most cases, this challenge is seen early on as weight is lost. If weight loss has caused stretched skin, surgery by Dr. Nachbar at Scottsdale Plastic Surgery can reduce the skin deformity and secure the remaining tissue for a healthy, tighter look.

Surgical Technique

After weight loss surgery is usually a significant procedure. It is performed using general anesthesia, and can last a number of hours, depending on the number of procedures combined.

It is very common for patients to have an overnight stay after their procedure.

Most often, several procedures are combined into one surgery.  For example, we can often perform circumferential abdominoplasty along with breast lift and breast implant placement in a single procedure.  We can then perform brachioplasty and inner thigh lift at a second surgery, sometimes only two or three weeks after the first surgery.

When circumferential abdominoplasty is performed, Dr. Nachbar does it using the No-Drain Tummy Tuck technique.  This, along with EXPAREL® long lasting anesthetic, allows the patient to be up and walking within only a few hours after surgery.

What to Expect

Once released from the hospital, it is important to schedule enough time to recover at home. Dr. Nachbar generally does this surgery without using any surgical drains.

Recovery time varies, but it is very important to be up and about as quickly as possible to reduce the chance of complications.  Based on the surgery you are planning, Dr. Nachbar can discuss with you the time you should allow to recover.

After weight loss surgery can be life changing for patients, with noticeable outcomes that are immediate. Finally, you can wear the clothes you were not able to wear, and you can be active without sagging skin getting in your way.

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Weight loss is an outstanding accomplishment, and we congratulate you if you have met your weight loss goals.

If sagging and wrinkly skin is a new frustration, Dr. Nachbar invites you to learn about your options for cosmetic skin removal. Call Scottsdale Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ today to schedule your consultation.

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