6 Tips to Prepare for Surgery After Massive Weight LossNovember 16, 2016
Remember before your Weight Loss Surgery: Researching whether you were a candidate? Searching for the right surgeon? Learning about the different operative procedures? Attending support groups? Weeks of trying to accommodate your diet and starting an exercise regimen? You became an active participant, engaged and committed to ensuring the success of your surgery. And it worked! Congratulations on your weight loss!!!
Weight Loss Surgery Is A Journey!
As you have certainly discovered by now, weight loss is a journey, with unpredictable bends in the road. There may be great satisfaction with each step on the scale, watching the weight come off and the numbers drop. But that may be coupled with wonder and frustration. Your body may not be changing the way you had hoped. Your breasts and bottom may be shrinking, but your belly and love handles may not. You may notice loose, redundant skin, and your mirror might not yet be your friend.
Rest assured, you are the beneficiary of the popularity of bariatric surgery and general weight loss that has occurred over the last 15 years. Plastic surgeons are now much more sophisticated in our approach to the aesthetic concerns that go along with weight loss, and we have greater ability to manage the changes in the skin and soft tissue that accompany weight gain and loss. We are more educated and can better address the nutritional consequences of bariatric procedures. Know that for that lax neck, there is a neck lift or facelift; for sagging breasts, there are mastopexies (breast lifts), with or without implants; to fit that outfit you have been eyeing, there are body lifts and back lifts.
Looking Forward to Plastic Surgery
Remember the great success that you had with your bariatric procedure, and if you are considering body contouring or other plastic surgery procedures, try to adopt the same deliberate approach to ensure optimal outcomes. Simply put, nothing substitutes for thoughtful preparation for your upcoming surgery! With that in mind, consider the following tips for your upcoming procedure, and best of luck!
All surgery is taxing, and the magnitude of massive weight loss body contouring can make recovery arduous. Thoughtful preparation, however, can ease some of the difficulties during the early post-operative period and help make recovery far more manageable. Hope you will consider these tips and best wishes for an easy and fast recovery! Congratulations, and good luck!
ABOUT THE AUTHORHarvard-Trained Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Larry Lickstein is in private practice at the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute, a full service cosmetic center in the Washington DC area. A former attending physician at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Lickstein was named a top doctor by Baltimore Magazine and the Castle Connoly Listing for 10 consecutive years.
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