Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Body Contouring following Weight Loss

Plastic Surgery following Bariatric Surgery

As a plastic surgeon, the patients who come to consult with me after bariatric surgery have many unique considerations. Each person must receive an individualized analysis based on several factors. The amount of weight loss can create significant challenges, the emotional and physical needs and expectations of the patient and the overall health of the patient all play a part in the evaluation and planning of treatment.

I find, patients with significant weight loss, such as those who have had bariatric surgery, may require several procedures in order to reach their expected result. The age of the patient, their general health, as well as, the amount of redundant skin can affect the treatment plan. Nutritional and metabolic considerations are also important. Bariatric patients often inquire about tummy tucks or lower body lifts, upper arm and thigh lifts as well as breast lifts and possibly facelifts. Remember each patient is unique. Not all patients will require all these procedures. Of course, not all these procedures can be performed at the same time. However, it is often possible to combine more than one procedure per surgery. This is a process.

During a consultation with me each patient has the opportunity to relate medical information regarding the patient’s general health, discuss different procedures, and let the doctor know of your particular expectations and concerns. With this information the Shuster Plastic Surgery Center can recommend a treatment plan for you. There are many variables which will affect this plan. Each treatment plan is individualized to the patient’s needs. In addition to the removal of redundant skin there is muscle tightening and figure restructuring which is concealed by the skin. Liposuction might be incorporated for certain patients. The office staff will work with the patient regarding insurance filing and payment options for cosmetic services.

The bariatric patient has already come so far and achieved so much, it is extremely rewarding to be able to help them achieve the results they desire.

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