Struggling with Excess Skin?
One issue many fear when it comes to rapid weight loss is loose, saggy skin. At Mexico Bariatric Center, we have helped thousands of people undergo affordable bariatric surgery such as gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. These medical procedures serve as an excellent tool in achieving long-term weight loss at a much faster rate than dieting alone. However, it is true that losing weight at a fast rate can potentially lead to excess skin in areas such as the stomach, upper arms, and legs
What Causes Excess Skin After Fast Weight Loss?
Many factors play into excess skin after rapid weight loss including genetics, age and pre-op weight, general health and diet. Loose skin often occurs when a large amount of weight is lost in a short amount of time. It can happen with weight loss through diet and exercise, but it is even more likely to happen to those who undergo bariatric surgery. A patient who undergoes gastric sleeve, for example, can lose around 100 pounds in the first year. Often, the skin does not shrink fast enough to keep up with the rate at which weight volume is being lost.
About Body Lift Surgery
Body lift procedures are designed to remove excess skin from troubled areas such as the abdomen, thighs, and back. The areas where excess skin is removed from can vary from person to person and the procedure can be customized. Most commonly performed are the upper body lift and lower body lift. The upper body lift removes the excess skin on the back, removing skin rolls on the back, running along the bra line. The lower body lift, also known as a circular tummy tuck or lipectomy, is a standard procedure for patients who have excess sagging skin on the lower abdomen after undergoing bariatric surgery.
Usually, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia is used during the procedure. After the patient is sedated, the surgeon places various incisions on the body where the excess skin will be removed. Once the skin has been removed, tapes, skin adhesives, or sutures are placed in order to close the incisions.
Am I a Candidate for Body Lift Surgery?
After undergoing body lift surgery, it is possible for the skin to become saggy again. This can happen if a great deal of weight is lost after the body lift surgery. For this reason, it is important that the surgery is performed at a point where additional weight loss will be minimal upon recovery. Individuals who have loose skin all over the body, don’t have medical conditions that impair healing, and do not smoke are candidates for this surgery.
The surgeon places a small tube under the skin to drain any blood and fluid from the body until a specific amount of fluid has been removed. The waste is typically removed in a doctor’s office outside of the surgical center about 2 weeks after surgery. Some sutures dissolve on their own, if they do not, they will be removed during this post-op appointment.
Additionally, compression garments are worn to control swelling that occurs after surgery as well as help smoothen and flatten the skin. The amount of activity that the patient can do after surgery varies from patient to patient. Surgeons want all patients to rest and avoid vigorous exercise for 6-8 weeks after surgery while the body heals.
Undergoing body lift surgery in Tijuana, Mexico can be very safe and a successful experience for patients. It is important, however, that research is done to ensure a reputable surgeon is selected. There are health travel agencies who can work with you to find a suitable option. The surgeon you select can speak with your physician to determine the best steps to take in preparing you for surgery. Once all details are sorted out, a price can be given in terms of all surgery costs.
Dr. Joaquin Ayala specializes in excess skin removal. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Joaquin Ayala goes above and beyond to ensure patients are properly prepared before surgery by ordering necessary pre-op testing for safe results. (Click here to learn more about Dr. Joaquin Ayala)
If you are considering body lift surgery as an option for you, call Mexico Cosmetic Center at 1-888-865-1249