How Long Should You Wait to Have Plastic Surgery After Bariatric Weight Loss (surgery)?
Bariatric weight loss surgery can be a life-altering experience filled with emotional highs and lows for patients. Any significant weight loss requires dedication and discipline. For patients with major weight loss the after affects can be disappointing if the image you had of yourself differs after you reach your goals. Soon after weight loss surgery a patient may find that plastic surgery is needed to correct changes in skin and body shape that can occur after the body sheds many pounds – but how soon is too soon?
The most common weight loss surgeries that we see in Miami at PURE Plastic Surgery are gastric bypass and gastric banding. Once patients start seeing results, they may notice significant amounts of hanging loose skin that was unable to retract after being stretched. When this happens, patients begin to feel the emotional lows associated with these surgeries and look for ways to reach their body goals.
We suggest patients wait four (4) months after stabilizing their ideal weight before undergoing plastic surgery and that BMI requirements are met (depending on the procedures). We also require approval from both your primary and bariatric doctor prior to scheduling surgery. Having plastic surgery before you are at your ideal weight can reduce the results of the procedures.
A common plastic surgery procedure after bariatric surgery is a body lift. Heavy skin and stubborn fat that remains after weight loss can cause discomfort and skin infections if it is not properly removed. There are several procedures that are combined for a body lift that can be customized specifically for each patient. These procedures include tummy tuck, liposuction, arm lift, butt lift, thigh lift and back lift. They all aim to shape the body by tightening and removing excess skin to create a slimmer contoured look. Depending on the patient’s goals, several rounds of surgery may be required over time to achieve the desired results.
It is important to take your time after bariatric surgery to ensure you are not only physically ready, but also have the emotional fortitude to maintain the results. Your board-certified surgeon will work with you to decide the best timing and procedures for your body goals.