Friday, January 8, 2021

Loose Skin and Weight Loss : Severe Weight Loss

Loose Skin and Weight Loss :  Severe Weight Loss
As mentioned previously, in cases of a severe massive weight loss of 100 lbs. and over through traditional weight loss or weight loss surgery there are some serious health concerns. First, weight-loss surgery is not a quick fix, surgeons recommend having a regular diet and exercise plan even after the surgery to keep your weight stable to ensure the efforts of the surgery are maintained. Weight-loss surgery of over 100 lbs. will result in loose skin and while medical surgeons will remove the weight, the excess skin is not removed. This is something not all patients know before-hand resulting in patients having a poor body image as it was not what they were expecting sometimes causing emotional stress. The excess skin that results from weight-loss surgery and a severe drop in weight (100lbs.+) can cause health defects only because there is so much loose skin that the skin becomes a health problem itself. Folds of skin from a massive weight loss can result in psychological and physical problems. The physical problems that result from loose apron-like skin is intertrigo-a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection that occurs often due to the difficulty in keeping these folds of excess skin clean and dry. The skin can also cause back pains and ulcerations. Psychological problems occur when body image expectations are not met; an individual may lose 100+ pounds and not realize the effects of loose skin. So their incredible effort into losing weight results in having apron-like folds of skin.

There are a few treatment options for these severe cases of massive weight loss and most are solved with plastic surgery. Post-bariatric surgery and body lifts involve many body areas as patients have loose skin not only on their abdomen but also through the face, neck, thighs, buttocks, arms and breast. Surgery will leave small and large noticeable scars though most patients find these acceptable and enjoy more self-confidence when wearing a bathing suit. Depending on the patient, procedures can be chosen selectively focusing on the most problematic areas. For example, a patient who has lost a moderate amount of weight but has a mild amount of loose skin can have just a tummy tuck to remove remaining fat and skin in the abdomen area. Men who have gone through a massive weight loss sometimes result in sagging or large breasts also known as gynecomastia. Here liposuction alone may be satisfactory, however, this is not typical and breast augmentation or reduction may be necessary. Each individual is different which is why it is crucial to first speak or have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will be able to identify if you are a good candidate for surgery and will guide you through different procedures that will ultimately give you the satisfactory body you would like to achieve. There are insurance options for severe cases as those mentioned above; this is because excess skin can cause serious medical problems and is not just cosmetic. Again it is best to speak with a surgeon to create an entire plan that is best for you.

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