Weight loss can sometimes result in large amounts of weight being lost. However, we do make patients aware from the outset that the reduction in body weight can leave excess skin which can be unsightly. In severe cases, diet and exercise are realistically unlikely to achieve the smooth contours that the patient might wish for. Therefore cosmetic surgery can be considered as an option to help lift and tighten loose skin.
Many of our weight loss patients go on to have cosmetic surgery to improve their bodies after weight loss. It’s a good problem to have, as it indicates just how far they have come with their weight loss*.
Patient Story – Julie Stansfield:
Julie Stansfield, pictured, is just one of our weight loss patients. After steadily gaining weight over a period of years, she had concerns about her health and opted for a gastric bypass. She lost 9 stone in a year and was healthier and happier. However, she was not happy with the loose skin which was ageing, unattractive and awkward under clothing. First of all, she had a tummy tuck to deal with the excess skin around her middle from losing so much weight.She was delighted with the results, so then opted for a breast uplift as weight loss had left her with saggy, empty-looking breasts.Cosmetic surgery completed Julie’s transformation from morbid obesity to achieve the stunning shape you can see in this photo.
She shares her story in this video interview, which was filmed at The Hospital Group after her tummy tuck procedure.
Popular Post-Bariatric Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
This procedure removes excess skin from each breast to lift the bust line. In some cases, this can be combined with the use of carefully selected breast implants where the breasts needs extra volume to be restored.
This operation involves careful incisions to remove surplus skin and fat deposits.
This procedure removes the excess or flabby skin left with weight loss. In weight loss patients, the effects of “bingo wings” can be extreme. The Hospital Group performed arm lift surgery on an Embarrassing Bodies patient who had lost 13 stone.
Other Popular treatments include:
Removing sections of excess tissue around the torso in a much bigger area than could be accomplished with a tummy tuck. There are a number of body lift techniques and procedures as requirements here do vary according to the individual
Excess skin on the bottom can be resistant to treatment with exercise. The excess skin can be carefully removed and any stubborn areas of fat liposculptured away.
Like the buttocks and arms, excess skin on the thighs can be out of proportion with the rest of the body. Precise surgical skill is required to tackle this delicate area.
If you have lost significant weight, then you made need a bespoke programme of surgeries to help to remove any excess skin.
Our cosmetic surgeons work closely with our bariatric surgery team and therefore understand the requirements of weight loss patients quite uniquely. They are able to offer the full range of post-bariatric surgery procedures for patients who have lost a lot of weight.
Many of our Patient Care Coordinators have lost weight themselves with The Hospital Group and gone on to have cosmetic surgery. Like Julie, they can talk to you about their stories and share photos*.
*There is no guarantee of specific results and that the results can vary.