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Life After Massive Weight Loss Surgery

Jun 16, 2015 02:17PM ● Published by Michael Thornton

The American public understands the health implications involved with morbid obesity and the long-term impact of developing diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, and osteoarthritis. Luckily, morbidly obese patients have the option to undergo surgical weight loss procedures like gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band, and the gastric sleeve.  However, their journey following successful massive weight loss procedures and/or natural weight loss programs are not entirely complete, as many patients are discovering and struggling with the physical burden of loose and flabby skin, due their subsequent lack of skin recoil and elasticity.

However, every patient is unique and has varied skin irregularities. Typically, after massive weight loss is performed 12 to 18 months following successful bariatric surgery procedures to allow the patient to achieve their maximum weight-loss endpoint and their lowest possible body-mass-index (BMI). With an increase in demand, cosmetic plastic surgeons are embracing newer, more innovative, and more advanced post-bariatric body contouring procedures.

Extended lipo-abdominoplasty, Fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty, body lifts, butt lifts, breast reshaping and lifting, extended arm brachioplasty, complete body lifts, medial thigh lifts, and reduction of excess skin folds.  Nonetheless, as the requests for bariatric surgery continue to increase so will the option of post-bariatric body contouring continue to gain in popularity.

Information provided by Dr. Michael L. Thornton. Click here to read the original story.

About the Author

Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowship-trained, dual board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and was specifically trained in body contouring surgery during his 12-month advanced cosmetic surgery fellowship. Dr. Thornton attends yearly national cosmetic surgery meetings and participates in advanced courses to offer you the latest techniques in post-bariatric and after massive weight loss surgery.


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