Massive Weight Loss Surgery
Featured case 200 pound weight loss:
The patient in the before and after photos above lost almost two hundred pounds before seeking plastic surgery. I start here with this complex example because she has had three very common surgeries for a massive weight loss patient. She has had a Brachioplasty or arm lift, a mastopexy or breast lift, and a Fleur de lis Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. This special kind of tummy tuck tightens skin both vertically and horizontally and is more common in the weight loss patient.
General concepts I share with my massive weight loss patients.My weight loss patients are what I call works in progress. There is always something that needs tightening. The key to approaching my weight loss patients is to make a safe and common sense game plan. As we orchestrate multiple skin tightening procedures we want to make sure that we can do so in an orderly way so that one procedure does not take away the possibility of another. Multiple procedures can be performed at the same setting depending upon the patient’s health and the extent of the surgery. As a general rule I prefer to keep my patients out of the hospital. I plan surgeries that are reasonable and safe for outpatients. Below are examples of some of the common surgeries in the mass of weight loss patient.
FaceliftAfter massive weight loss fat in the face disappears, the skin becomes loose and the neck and jowels can become more prominent. Facelift and other formas of facial rejuvenation can tighten the neck and jaw line.
Brachioplasty or arm lift:Brachioplasty tightens loose skin of the arms after massive weight loss: There are different types of brachioplasty depending on the amount of skin laxity.
Brachioplasty standardBrachioplasty standard This patient had a full brachioplasy excising loose skin under the arms. The scars are hidden underneath. Brachioplasy removes skin and fat. Liposuction would have made this skin looser.
Extended BrachioplastyExtended brachioplasty removes loose skin beneath the armpit as well. This scar is about 6 months old. While clearly the scar is a trade off in this operation for patients who carry this much extra skin after massive weight loss it is a worthwhile trade.
Brachioplasty Short scar:Short scar Brachioplasty takes a wedge of skin out under the arms. It gives a limited amount of vertical pull and a subtle result.rejuvenation can tighten the neck and jaw line.
Breast Lift:This post partum woman lost almost 100 pounds.* With weight loss the fat in the breasts can be lost as well and the breasts become droopy and saggy. This patient had a full mastopexy or breast lift. She also had a tummy tuck. While there are smaller kinds of breast lifts that can leave smaller scars, a full breast lift, as in this case tightens the skin the most and is most common after significant weight loss.
*Results May Vary: Causes for being overweight or obese vary from person to person. Whether genetic or environmental, it should be noted that food intake, rates of metabolism and levels of exercise and physical exertion vary from person to person. This means weight loss results will also vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical.