Carrying extra weight has many negative health consequences. Heart disease, diabetes, joint issues, and more can all be complications of excess weight. For those considered morbidly obese, bariatric surgery may be the best option to get their bodies back into shape. While bariatric surgery has been a lifesaver for those who struggle with weight loss, there is another issue people must deal with when rapidly losing weight. Because the skin was stretched out from being overweight, losing weight rapidly can result in excess skin. This excess skin can be unflattering.
Fortunately, there is a plastic surgery that deals with excess skin left after bariatric surgery. People who have rapidly lost weight can undergo skin removal surgery to have the excess skin taken off them. How much skin you have removed, and what part of the body the skin removal is done on, will affect how long it takes to recover. A breast lift, or an upper arm lift, have a short recovery period. In one week, patients can return to work, and after a month, patients can start exercising again.
On the other hand, you may need more skin removed. This more extensive plastic surgery includes procedures like a lower body lift. A lower body lift removes excess skin around the abdomen. Then, it may also become necessary to tighten up the midsection. In this case, there can be excessive swelling after the procedure that requires drains to be placed and left for one or two weeks. It is usually over six weeks before patients can resume normal activity, including exercise and heavy lifting.
After surgery, it may be hard to stand or walk for a certain period of time. The incision must be babied to prevent from being opened or infected.
While it may be daunting to look at the recovery times, pain, and reduction in activities during recovery, having excess skin removed will boost your confidence.
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