Winning Over Obesity: What happens to your body after you lose significant weight either through lifestyle changes and/or Bariatric Surgery (Gastric Banding or Gastric Sleeves)?
By Plastic Surgeon Dr Geoff Barnett
Interviewed by Health Researcher Maven
Bariatric and Body Lifts – Two key parts to a significant weight loss journey
Losing weight (or keeping lost weight off) is often high on New Year’s Resolution lists.
But for many people who suffer from obesity or under-active thyroid issues, a gym membership and better nutrition may not enough.
A number of individuals who have long-term obesity conditions end up with few viable options other than to have bariatric surgery (lap-band surgery, gastric sleeves or gastric bypass surgery) or to embark on a highly regimented nutrition and exercise program.
Recent statistics indicate that Lap Band Surgeries and other procedures to help remedy the Obesity epidemic are amongst the fastest growing surgeries in Australia (and many other places across the world). These surgeries save lives, but there’s a downside to these bariatric surgery procedures: significant weight loss often leaves saggy, excess hanging skin (particularly visible on the stomach/torso, thighs, upper arms, back and buttocks), which is prone to infection and often causes physical pain and psychological discomfort.
IF you’ve recently lost significant weight, you might find you’re dissatisfied with your post-weight loss appearance because your skin hasn’t ‘bounced’ back to your now-slimmer body shape. You may feel your body shaping journey is not yet complete.
But that’s where Body Lift Plastic Surgery can help you regain normal contours after significant Weight Changes.
“These excess skin folds can deter people from fully participating in all aspects of their lives after losing significant weight,” remarks Dr Barnett. “They may want to swim or go to the beach, but feel self-conscious about how their excess skin or skin folds will look in more revealing clothing.”
Loose, Excess Skin isn’t always an expected outcome
“Many of my Body Lift surgery patients tell me they wished they were better prepared for what happens to their skin after significant weight loss;” notes Dr Geoff Barnett.
“And excess skin can be far more noticeable in certain areas of the body than in other areas.
“It is quite variable from person to person,” continues Dr Barnett, “but it can have substantial impacts on a person’s body confidence or choices of clothing. It even tends to impact a person’s relationships, and physical intimacy levels, because they may not feel comfortable having others see baggy excess skin.”
Dr Barnett affirms his Body Lift, Arm Lift and Tummy Tuck patients often indicate to him that they wished they had been better warned about the likely need for further surgery, for body lift procedures to remove their excess skin, after achieving their weight loss goals.
Have YOU or someone you know been left with excess skin folds after weight loss?
If you’re considering Plastic Surgery to remove your excess skin folds after your significant weight loss, Dr Geoff Barnett is available to discuss your body lift surgery options, appearance priorities and excess skin removal goals, as well as help guide you through your surgical journey.
“The main thing to know is that just as significant weight loss alone doesn’t always restore a natural body shape, one surgery may not be enough to get you the look you are aiming for. A body lift is actually often a combination of procedures – – it might be a lower or upper tummy tuck, along with a back lift, breast lift, arm lift or thigh lift…even a face or neck lift. For some patients, it may require only one scheduled surgery day – but for most post-bariatric patients, it may require two of more separate surgery days spread out over a period of time. Maintaining a stable weight and getting good nutrition is essential, also; and knowing how to optimise your healing is often very helpful.”
For more information on Body Lift surgery procedures including Tummy Tucks (Abdominoplasty) or Liposuction for body sculpting, phone our Clinic Patient Advisors on 03 8849 1400.
About Dr Barnett: Dr Geoff Barnett is a highly-experienced, renowned Plastic & Reconstructive Australian Surgeon who is based primarily in Hawthorn (Melbourne, Victoria). He is our team’s leading Body Lift Specialist and also performs other types of facial rejuvenation and body shaping plastic surgeries. He performs body lift and rejuvenation surgeries on men and women and operates in accredited hospitals in Melbourne, with highly experienced Anesthetists and a top surgical support team.
Dr Geoff Barnett and his elite surgical support team treat numerous patients who have turned their lives around after weight loss. To review Before & After Photos of Body Lift patients or discuss your options, please arrange for an initial consultation with Dr Geoff Barnett (or ask to speak with his Nurse) by submitting a confidential Enquiry Form.