The Body After Significant Weight Loss
Keep in mind that for most, the benefits of this level of weight loss significantly outweigh the risks. Yet it is a good idea to have an action plan for the following common issues associated with massive weight loss, which include:
- Extra, Damaged Skin – According to a study titled “Effect of weight loss after bariatric surgery on skin and the extracellular matrix” published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, skin taken after a body lift was shown to have highly damaged collagen structure, degradation of the elastin, and other damage to the skin. This is one of the primary reasons that many post-bariatric patients have significant excess, weak skin after massive weight loss, which leads to confidence issues and trouble exercising and wearing clothes.
- Localized Fat Deposits – Colloquially known as “stubborn fat,” the body is often left with localized fat deposits. While obese, your body had fat spread out around your entire body. Some of those areas of fat your body struggles to metabolize. While you were obese, the fat was hidden under layers of more fat for a slightly more even look. After weight loss, the localized fat deposits do not melt away with the other fat, leaving the body misshapen in different areas.
- Fat Loss to Fatty Areas – Fat loss may also occur to areas of the body that depend on fat for shape. For example, after significant weight loss, the breasts are often left flat and “saggy,” due to the loss of fat that kept the breasts a healthier shape. Similar issues may also be seen in the buttocks.
All of these issues are common with post-bariatric surgery patients, and they can all be disappointing. Not only can excess skin and fat be a surprise, but in some cases they may prevent weight loss patients from exercising easily, and could lead to the buildup of bacteria and sweat in the folds.
Though the health benefits are still substantial, many weight loss patients hope to see their body look and feel like it did when they were young and thin, and take issue with their new body image that may have been affected by the damage that obesity caused on the body.
Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss in Orange County and Los Angeles
It’s not uncommon for post bariatric patients to be unhappy with their body, despite all of the benefits of procedures like lap bands and gastric bypass. That’s why patients are often advised to talk to Dr. Agha, a board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing body lifts and other plastic surgery procedures after weight loss.
Well known in the post-bariatric community, Dr. Agha is considered one of the leaders in the field, and can help create a body that provides you with much more confidence so that you can enjoy yourself more after weight loss. If you’re interested in finding out more about our Newport Beach body lift services, give us a call today at 949-644-2442.