Liposuction after Massive Weight Loss Can Complement Your Achievement
The important thing to know about liposuction after massive weight loss is that it is always an adjunct procedure. San Antonio, TX, plastic surgeon Peter Fisher, an innovator and expert in post-bariatric body contouring, combines liposuction with body lifting techniques to achieve the best aesthetic results possible for his patients. Excess skin that remains after massive weight loss can only be corrected through surgical removal, and liposuction can complement body lift procedures by removing stubborn fat in the area that is being lifted and tightened. Dr. Fisher can also include fat transfer with lower body lift surgery, which requires liposuction. If you are ready to learn more about how Dr. Fisher can help you experience maximum satisfaction with your weight loss achievement, please contact us and schedule a personal consultation.
The Role of Liposuction in Post-bariatric Body Contouring
Losing a massive amount of weight (around 100 pounds or more) will result in excess skin due to a loss of elasticity. The skin, no longer able to conform to the contours of the body, and will hang off the frame. This will happen whether the weight is lost through bariatric surgery or calorie restriction and exercise, but the problem is exacerbated with post-bariatric surgery patients because the weight is lost so quickly. Depending on the patient, Dr. Fisher can select among several procedures to correct the sagging skin. These procedures include arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift, and lower body lift. The removal of the loose skin itself will typically amount to a loss of an additional 10 to 15 pounds.
Liposuction plays an important role in post-bariatric body contouring in two ways. First, it is used selectively and skillfully in combination with body lifting procedures. For example, liposuction may be used for a mons lift or reduction when skin is excised in the abdominal area during a lower body lift. Second, it is necessary for Dr. Fisher to perform liposuction for fat transfer, an important part of his expertise with post-bariatric plastic surgery.
About Fat Transfer
Fat transfer (autologous augmentation) is a cosmetic surgery technique that harvests fat from one area of a patient’s body to transfer it to another. Using liposuction, the surgeon extracts the fat for injection into the target area. It is also called fat grafting or liposculpting. Before the fat is injected, it must first be purified in a special centrifuge. Because only the best fat is used, the surgeon needs to remove more fat than the amount that will be injected (up to three times as much). Dr. Fisher includes fat transfer in the cost of lower body lift surgery, using it to enhance specific areas, such as the hips or buttocks, as needed. The technique can also be used to augment the breasts and enhance the contours of the face.
Dr. Fisher is an authority in post-bariatric plastic surgery. By pioneering safe, effective body contouring techniques, he has helped many patients feel comfortable in their own skin. Dr. Fisher is proud to provide complimentary consultations for out-of-town clients, including those residing in Austin. To schedule your appointment, please contact our friendly staff today.
Dr. Fisher has been available to answer all of my questions and provide me with not only professional medical expertise, but also a much appreciated level of personal empathy. I would 100% recommend Dr. Fisher to anyone who is considering plastic surgery.Brandi