Post-massive Weight Loss Health Issues Must Be Considered before Undergoing Body Contouring
Massive weight loss can provide significant benefits, but when it results in sagging skin, this can make it difficult to fully enjoy your success. Body contouring can complement your weight loss, improving your appearance and physical comfort. Patients who have lost weight through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise can have special health needs that must be considered during body contouring surgery, making it especially important to choose a surgeon who understands these needs. Dr. Peter Fisher understands how obesity and massive weight loss affect health, and can use this expertise to perform safe, effective body contouring surgery. To learn more about post-massive weight loss health issues and how they affect body contouring surgery, contact our San Antonio, TX, office today.
As with any surgery, there are health risks associated with body contouring. Skin laxity, or looseness, can lead to complications. Often, the skin has lost a great deal of elasticity and has stretched beyond its limits, making it unable to re-conform to the body naturally. This change in skin quality can increase the risk of wound complications such as delayed healing, infection, ruptures, and reddening of the skin.
Many patients who have achieved massive weight loss also suffer with obesity-related diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea. These conditions can increase risks such as a perioperative cardiac event during surgery, and require special consideration.
Specific Concerns for Post-bariatric Patients
Post-bariatric patients can experience additional risks related to nutrition. This is especially true of those who have lost 100 pounds or more. Since post-bariatric patients consume fewer than 1,000 calories per day, this can sometimes lead to nutritional deficiencies, including lower protein levels. Post-bariatric patients have usually adapted to this low calorie level, but because proper nutrition is essential to safe surgery and recovery, your surgeon must understand how your diet is affecting your health.
An Emphasis on Safety
Your safety is Dr. Fisher's top priority, and a careful evaluation of candidacy is the first step in ensuring a safe and successful outcome. During your consultation, Dr. Fisher will thoroughly review your goals and cosmetic procedure options. He will conduct a medical examination to ensure that you are in good overall health, and able to safely undergo surgery.
Benefits of Body Contouring
Body contouring removes excess tissue and skin after massive weight loss, toning and tightening commonly affected areas such as the thighs, abdomen, arms, breast, and buttocks. In addition to the boost of confidence and improved appearance, there are many benefits of body contouring.
Some patients avoid wearing certain types of clothing after massive weight loss because they want to hide their loose skin. Body contouring allows you to wear the clothes you want. Body contouring can also help minimize certain skin issues that can occur with massive weight loss, such as discomfort, chafing, infections, or rashes.
Dr. Fisher has been performing body contouring surgery since 1995. He is passionate about helping patients improve their quality of life through body contouring surgery. Though post-weight loss patients face unique risks, Dr. Fisher maximizes your safety and success through his experience and expertise. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
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