After Weight Loss FAQs
Losing excess weight is a wonderful accomplishment. It takes commitment and hard work, whether you had weight loss surgery or shed the pounds using diet and exercise. Once you’ve reached your goal weight, there can be lingering cosmetic and health concerns. Some of these can be addressed through plastic surgery procedures. At our Denver practice, we are committed to helping people who have lost weight to understand what options they may have to help them reach their goals.
It’s normal to have questions about weight loss and what happens after, and we’re glad to answer them.
Q. What can I do about loose skin?
A: If you’ve lost a lot of weight, you probably have excess skin. This can be incredibly frustrating since it can make you feel just as self-conscious as you did before you lost the weight, if not more so. There are a number of different body contouring procedures that can eliminate loose skin and stubborn fat pockets depending upon the part of the body that’s affected and what your aesthetic goals are. Some people may opt to have their post-weight loss body contouring procedures done in stages if there are multiple areas of cosmetic concern.
After major weight loss, excess skin can gather around the abdomen, waist, thighs or upper arms. Dr. Campanile can target these areas to remove loose, hanging skin, while also addressing any stubborn fat that lingers on the body through liposuction.
Q. I lost weight and am taking care of myself. Why do I still have fatty areas?
A: It’s very common for some fat to remain after a weight loss, even if you’ve been working out and eating right. This could be the result of one or more factors such as age, genetics, hormones, and your metabolism. Stress can even cause you to store weight around your abdomen. The good news is that liposuction is a very effective way to remove this kind of stubborn fat. Liposuction can be done almost anywhere on the body.
Q. How soon after my weight loss can I have body contouring surgery?
A: It’s important to let your weight stabilize after a major weight loss. If you had a surgical weight loss procedure, you’ll have to be entirely healed and get the all-clear from your weight loss surgeon. You should hold off until your weight has remained steady for several months before having any kind of body contouring. It can be difficult to wait, but your results will be better and probably last longer.
Q. Can I have body contouring surgery after having bariatric surgery?
A: Yes! In fact, many people who have lost weight with the help of bariatric surgery find that body contouring is the logical next step in their journey to health and fitness. As long as you are fully healed from weight loss surgery and your weight has normalized, you should be able to start planning your body contouring surgery.
Q. What if I gain the weight back after plastic surgery?
A: If you gain back a significant amount of weight after having body contouring procedures, your results will be affected. Your skin may become stretched out again, and your results may be reversed. That’s why it’s important to make healthy lifestyle choices in order to maintain your results. If you exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, you should be able to enjoy your beautiful outcome for many years.
Q. How do I know which body contouring procedures will benefit me?
A: There may be numerous procedures or treatments that can help address your appearance concerns after weight loss. Many women who have lost weight choose to have a breast enhancement procedure. After losing a lot of weight, breasts may lose volume and appear to sag. Conversely, the breasts may remain oversized and appear out of proportion with your new, leaner body. At your consultation, Dr. Campanile can help you figure out which procedures would be most helpful to you.
Q. What about recovery?
A: Because plastic surgery after weight loss involves any number of body contouring procedures that are designed to reveal your improved figure, your recovery will depend upon which procedure or combination of procedures you have.