Cosmetic Surgery after Rapid Weight Loss
After surgery, many of you may be considering a cosmetic procedure, also known as plastic surgery. After extreme weight loss, there is a good possibility that excess skin will develop in various areas of the body including thighs, arms and abdomen. The degree to which you will experience sagging skin largely depends on your age and the rate at which you lose the weight. Regardless, this excess skin is often a source of discomfort or you may just want to remove it for aesthetic reasons. Either way, there are a multitude of options that range from targeting specific body parts to a full body lift.
No matter what the reason for undergoing cosmetic surgery, it is important that the decision be made with your health in mind. That means that a cosmetic procedure should not be considered until at the least 18 months after weight loss surgery and not before you speak to us about your suitability. We suggest that time frame because it will allow your body to stabilize at its new lower weight and allow your hormones to rebalance. If you undergo cosmetic surgery too soon, you risk negating the benefits of that surgery if your weight begins to fluctuate. Gaining and losing weight after a cosmetic procedure, may end up causing you to develop excess skin once again.
Remember that cosmetic surgery is still major surgery that comes with inherent risks. As such, the decision to take this next step should not be taken lightly. It is also important to note that virtually all cosmetic procedures are not covered under private or public (Medicare, Medicaid) insurance. As a result, patients will most often pay out of pocket, because cosmetic surgery is not considered a medical necessity.
In order to learn more about cosmetic surgery and whether it may be right for you, now or in the future, please contact our office. We will be more than happy to discuss your particular circumstance.