Surgery after Weight Loss
Plastic surgery after weight loss has fast become a popular procedure in light of the great number of obese people that have undergone bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass and gastric banding, or have lost weight through diet and exercise. Dr. Schulman has vast experience in body contouring after massive weight loss. He has lectured extensively on this topic and is routinely hosted by bariatric surgery support groups.
Dr. Schulman is keenly aware that the skin that remains after weight loss can make this exceptional accomplishment seem “incomplete”. He uses the most advanced surgical techniques to safely rejuvenate the face, neck, torso, upper body, and lower body after weight loss. The goals of plastic surgery after weight loss may address many concerns, including:
- Remove excess fat that was resistant to massive weight loss surgery or traditional weight loss methods
- Remove the loose skin that often remains after weight loss
- Tighten abdominal muscles that have become lax
- greater enjoyment in social, physical and intimate activities that you may be avoiding
- Create symmetry and proportion of the body
- Improves self esteem, self image and confidence
- Make your weight loss journey “complete”
Dr. Schulman is experienced with a variety of bariatric procedures for weight loss. He understands the effect that weight loss has on your skin quality and healing ability and uses this knowledge to design a plastic surgery plan that will best meet your needs, without compromising your safety.
During consultation with Dr. Schulman, you will learn about the body contouring techniques to improve the areas you dislike. You may learn about anesthesia, facility choices and the guidelines that you will follow to help achieve the maximum benefit. Dr. Schulman will also discuss the types of procedures that may be performed at the same time to minimize your number of surgical procedures.
Most of these procedures can be performed as an outpatient, with you returning home the same day. Some of the larger procedures, such as a Lower Body Lift, may require an overnight stay in a hospital. In situations where multiple procedures are being combined into one surgery, Dr. Schulman may also recommend an overnight stay in the hospital for your own safety.
Surgery after Weight Loss Procedures include:
Face and Neck Lift
Loose skin of the face and neck commonly develops after weight loss, making a young person look significantly older than their actual age. Dr. Schulman may perform the face lift and/or neck lift to remove and lift sagging skin. He uses advanced techniques to avoid an “over-pulled” look and places all incisions in a well hidden area. Read more about face and neck lift.
The placement of breast implants, or breast augmentation, can restore reduced breast volume after weight loss. The incisions are well hidden and the recovery is minimal. Dr. Schulman will carefully evaluate you to see if breast implants will give you the results you want. Sometimes, he will recommend a breast lift as well, in order to lift your breasts. Learn more about breast augmentation.
During the female breast lift procedure after weight loss, Dr. Schulman will create an incision around the nipple that may extend downward to the extent required for an adequate lift. He will then lift breasts that are lying flat and reposition existing tissue to create round, youthful breasts. He may also recommend the placement of breast implants, or breast augmentation, in order to restore the shape and volume that you lost after your weight loss. Simultaneous breast lift and augmentation is a powerful way to lift he breast, increase volume, and improve shape. Read more about breast lift.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Female breast reduction surgery involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and breast tissue. Not only will Dr. Schulman make your breast smaller in volume, but he will also perform a breast lift. This surgery results in improved appearance of the breasts and a reduction in symptoms such as back pain and shoulder pain often attributed to the weight of large breasts. Learn more about breast reduction surgery.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery
During male breast reduction surgery, or gynecomastia surgery, Dr.Schulman will remove excess skin, fat, or breast tissue. This may be done though liposuction, direct excision, or a combination of both. The incisions are placed in areas that are well hidden. This surgery dramatically improves self-esteem and makes men feel more comfortable in social situation where the chest is exposed. Read more about male breast reduction surgery.
During the arm lift procedure, Dr. Schulman will remove the excess skin and fat that commonly hangs from the upper arms after weight loss. The scar is placed within the underarm area of along the inside of the upper arm. Read more about arm lift.
During the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Schulman will remove hanging lower abdominal skin and fat (pannus) and tighten the underlying abdominal muscle. In cases of extensive excess skin, the tummy tuck incision may continue to the sides or even around the back and is called an extended abdominoplasty. Sometimes Dr. Schulman recommends an additional incision in the midline of the abdomen (fluer-de-lys) for even greater contour in cases of significant excess ski after massive weight loss. He may use liposuction on specific areas such as the flanks to remove excess fat and improve your overall result. Lean more about tummy tuck.
Upper Body Lift
The upper body lift procedure involves removing the excess skin and fat from the arms, upper back, and bra line. The procedure may include the use of liposuction to remove excess fat. The upper body lift procedure also involves lifting skin and underlying tissue into a more aesthetic position. The upper body lift will improve the entire area above the waist.
Lower Body Lift
The lower body lift procedure is the surgical equivalent of “pulling up your pants.” It is sometimes referred to as a circumferential abdominoplasty or circumferential panniculectomy. It combines a tummy tuck, buttock lift, and outer thigh lift into one operation. Dr. Schulman will discuss with you if this is the best procedure for you specific body type. This procedure is among the most powerful body contouring procedures for after your weight loss. Recovery from a lower body lift usually requires an overnight observation in a hospital or other appropriate medical setting.
During the butt lift procedure, Dr. Schulman will create incision in a well-hidden area. He will then remove excess skin and fat, while lifting the underlying tissue. The result is an improved shape to the buttock area. He may also inject your own fat into the buttock for an improved shape.
The thigh lift procedure involves trimming excess skin and underlying tissue from the outer and/or inner thigh area. The thigh lift may involve liposuction to improve your result. Read more about thigh lift.
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