After successfully losing too much weight, most men are left with a tone of excess skin. The heavily folded skin occurs in the face, arms, thighs, and abdomen. Dr. Partington is a surgery practitioner that deals with customized removal of the excess skin to restore the body to its natural contours. Here is everything you need to know about the surgical process.
What is Body uplifting
Body lift surgery is restoring the body’s natural appearance by strengthening the underlying soft tissues and removing excess skin. Men that have lost weight either from lap band, gastric bypass, or other bariatric surgery often require body contouring to complete the transformation.
The surgical plan can involve a complete body makeover or just an area uplift. Dr. Partington carefully designs the surgical process by listening to the needs of each patient area of concern. Depending on the patient, the surgery can be performed into two procedures to give the best results and reduce the healing process.
How long after the weight loss do I weight before scheduling my body lift procedure
After losing weight, body contouring is the final step to achieve an excellent body appearance. While the process can be a motivation and self-esteem booster, it is recommended to undergo body lift after you have resolved a solid body.
This is after you have correctly adjusted to the new body, and you are neither losing or gaining weight. Frequent fluctuations in weight can make the body lift procedure dangerous. Wait for about 6-12 months before taking the surgery.
Before conducting the surgery, doctors regularly listen to each patient to determine how to perform the procedure. The surgery usually depends on the amount of excess skin, weight loss, and patients’ priorities. For whole-body uplift, doctors may recommend doing the surgery in two procedures. The first can deal with the upper body, arms, face, and breasts. The second procedure is for the lower body buttocks, abdomen, thighs, and lower back.
The surgical approach is to cut through the excess skin to remove it to give the body an excellent natural contour. The surgical process happens under anesthesia. Excess fat in underlying tissues is removed to strengthen the muscles.
Drain tubes are kept in the incision areas to remove blood, pus or other fluids that may accumulate in the wound. The incision is bandaged, and the patient can go home on the same day.
The Recovery process
Patients are often guided on how to handle the drain tubes at home. Doctors can give you compression garments to make the healing process faster.
The patient may experience pain and soreness, but pain meds are often prescribed. The pain disappears after the first week but the swelling may take some time. The patient is encouraged to engage in small activities to enhance blood circulation. Smoking and strenuous exercise are discouraged. Most patients resume normal routine after two weeks.
Is There Need for Second Surgery?
Most body contouring is successful after the first surgery. As long as you maintain stable body weight, you will not need any other surgery after healing.