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Post Weight Loss Plastic Surgery in Houston

For patients who have lost extreme amounts of weight, the aftermath of their commitment to their health can still be hard on their self confidence. While they have taken great strides to improve their health, massive weight loss tends to leave patients with excess skin. This extra skin can be uncomfortable, lead to infections, and cause clothing not to fit properly. Thankfully Dr. Rednam is skilled in a variety of surgical body procedures, and can give patients an improved appearance following significant weight loss.

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Benefits of Body Contouring Surgery After Weight Loss

Patients who have worked hard to lose a significant amount of weight are often discouraged to find that their bodies still don’t look as slim or streamlined as they had hoped. In many cases, skin and tissues don’t have adequate elasticity to conform to the smaller size of their bodies. Not only can this diminish the appearance of their success and prevent them from achieving the silhouette they desire, but excess skin after massive weight loss also poses a number of negative implications to their physical health.

Post weight loss surgery, sometimes referred to as body contouring surgery, can help address many of the physical and emotional issues that often trouble patients who have achieved massive weight loss, including:

  • Improved physical functioning
  • Enhanced psychological wellbeing
  • Improvements to social functioning
  • Improved body image
  • Decreased BMI (body mass index)
  • Reduced pain
  • Improved sexual function
  • Higher self-esteem

Overall, patients who undergo body contouring surgery after massive weight loss enjoy a significantly higher quality of life than those who don’t. In fact, most patients report that they didn’t expect to look or feel as well as they do after body contouring surgery.1,2

Post Weight Loss Surgery Procedures

Ideal candidates for post weight loss surgery include those who are in good health, have made overarching lifestyle changes that support their new weight, and who have realistic expectations for the outcome of their surgery.  Dr. Rednam recommends that patients have been stable at or near their goal weight for at least six months.   After weight loss surgery, Dr. Rednam may recommend the following procedures to help patients achieve optimal results:3

Patients who are older and have been significantly overweight for longer periods of time typically have more skin laxity with less elasticity. Additionally, patients who have undergone bariatric surgery require special considerations in light of their nutritional needs. Dr. Rednam is familiar with both the mental and physical changes that come with massive weight loss. This is why she is always available to support her patients along their life-changing journey.

Post Weight Loss Surgery Recovery

Recovery from post weight loss surgery depends on the procedures received as well as the extent of a patient’s skin removal. Typically patients take two to three weeks away from work to recover, though they should avoid strenuous exercise and lifting for at least six weeks post-op.

Results are both immediate and progressive as scars fade and swelling goes down.

Your Weight Loss Surgery Consultation

Post weight loss body contouring often involves more than one surgical procedure, and treatment plans always need to be customized according to each patient’s condition and goals. As a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Rukmini Rednam has earned a reputation for technical expertise that ensures consistently exceptional results for her patients. To learn more about how Dr. Rednam can help you achieve the appearance you’ve worked so hard for, contact us to schedule a post weight loss surgery consultation.

References
1 Toma, T., Harling, L., Athanasiou, T. et al. Does Body Contouring After Bariatric Weight Loss Enhance Quality of Life? A Systematic Review of QOL Studies. OBES SURG 28, 3333–3341 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11695-018-3323-8. Accessed April 14, 2020.
2 Poulson L, Klassen A, Jhanwar S, et al. Patient Expectations of Bariatric and Body Contouring Surgery. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2016;4(4): 694 – Global Open: April 2016 – Volume 4 – Issue 4 – p e694. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000677. Accessed April 15, 2020.
3 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Body Contouring. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/body-contouring. Accessed April 15, 2020.

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