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Plastic Surgery Body Contouring to Remove Loose Skin and Fat

Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss

For patients suffering from morbid or malignant obesity, choosing bariatric surgery to reduce calorie intake may offer them a passport to a healthy life. But even if such surgery causes them to lose substantial amounts of weight, they may face new problems which may necessitate further operations.

To Remove Loose Skin

When bariatric surgery (eg. gastric bypass) leads to dramatic weight loss, excessive amounts of skin can accumulate and hang in various areas, including face, neck, breasts, upper and lower abdomen, flanks, armpit, back, buttocks, arms, forearms, thighs, legs, and calves. This surplus skin can cause considerable hygienic problems, skin irritation, skin breakdown, pain and infection.

To Remove Excess Residual Fat

In addition, even though the patient might have experienced massive weight reduction, this weight loss may not be evenly spread around the body. This also depends on the patient's type of obesity condition (whether gynoid or android). Bariatric plastic surgery operations can help to reduce these fat deposits, either by surgical excision or lipoplasty.

Bariatric Plastic Surgery Types

The aim of bariatric plastic surgery - also referred to as body contouring - is to remove the excess skin and fat, and tighten loose muscles, thus helping a patient to achieve the best possible body shape, following their successful weight loss. Procedures commonly performed include tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), thigh-lift (thighplasty), body-lift (torsoplasty), belt lipectomy, panniculectomy, buttock-lift (inc. flankplasty), breast-lift (mastopexy), gynecomastia (male breast reduction), arm-lift (brachioplasty), face-lift (Rhytidectomy), neck lift (Platysmaplasty), and liposuction.

See also: When to Have Plastic Surgery

More Information About Plastic Surgeries

For additional information about how plastic surgery procedures can improve body shape, plus help finding a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon, see:
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
British Association Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

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Laparoscopic or open bariatric surgery, such as gastric banding or bypass is not an easy solution to morbid obesity and weight loss. It is a serious surgical procedure, involving health risks. To produce lasting weight loss it requires a long-term patient commitment to eating a healthy diet and following a regular program of physical exercise. Life-long use of nutritional supplements may also be necessary. So, before deciding, discuss your options fully with your doctor. © 2003-2017 Bariatric-Surgery.Info - Terms - Contact - Information - Resources