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Plastic surgery procedures after massive weight loss can be life changing. Unfortunately while staying a more normal body weight many are left with diet resistant fat areas, loose and hanging skin that precludes wearing certain clothes and even effectively exercising. In addition the psychological stigma often remains and is often a unpleasant reminder of pre weight loss appearance.
Prospective patients after massive weigh loss may have additional medical issues that need to be investigated prior to surgery especially if the weight loss is from a surgical bariatric procedure. After bariatric surgery the patient has been surgically purposely placed in a “malasorbation state” that may result in a malnourished state that will require correction before surgery.
It is recommended to have through evaluation that includes but limited to:
- Having a stable and desired weight for 6 months
- Normal hemoglobin/hematocrit (oxygen carting blood component)
- Normal albumin, protein, and transferritin (required for normal wound healing )
- Normal electrolytes (basic blood serum chemicals)
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- A evaluation and clearance by the primary care or equivalent physician
- A diet to include at least 100 grams of protein per day before and after surgery to provide the needed healing components.
- Multi vitamin to start daily 1 month prior to surgery and for at least a month after surgery that are required as cofactors for normal healing.
- Iron tablets daily I month before and after surgery. With any surgery there is always some blood loss However, with larger amounts of tissue being excised
The greater the blood loss and thus the need to have the vital component/ingredient present to natural produce and replace blood loss. With combined surgical procedures it is recommended in advance to plan for a “autodonation” of ones own blood
All options found within the Plastic Surgery armamentarium can be performed based on the patients individual desires. However the most common body procedures will be presented. Please refer to the specific section by clicking on that procedure.
- Extended abdominaloplasty
- Lateral thigh lift
- Buttock lift
- Inner thigh lift
- Outer thigh lift
- Knee lift
- Body lift (abdominoplasty, lateral thigh and buttock lift done at one time)
- Bra line lift
- Mastopexy (breast lift)
- Breast augmentation
- Breast augmentation with mastopexy (breast lift)
- Breast Reduction
- Brachioplasty (arm lift)
Before & After
Please click on the individual procedures listed above for a description of each.
As in all surgical procedures the results are permanent. Surgery however will not slowdown or stop the normal aging process.
In addition, because of the skin has become stretched the skin while at first will be tight but after healing will loosen. The skin has unfortunately has often or has diminished or lost its normal “viscoelastic properties” (the ability to normally stay taught) and will premature loosen.
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Depending on the procedure chosen, the amount of tissue excised and if multiple procedures are performed together will determine the the overall recovery time.
Unfortunately because of stretched skin, loss of viscoelastic skin properties and persistent diet resistant skin the non surgical options are very limited for the body and breast.
The normal skin recoil and tightness will rarely improved but the overall appearance and contour restoration can be significant.
Yes, multiple procedures are often completed on one setting. The quantity of various procedures will depend on the underlining health, the predicated length of combined surgeries, the amount of tissue to be removed and the anticipated blood loss. A mommy makeover is very popular for women that have recently given birth and want to restore their pre-pregnancy appearance.
As long as the body mass index (BMI), blood values EKG and preoperative assessment are normal there are no significant risks besides the generally very low risks of any surgical procedure such as bleeding, infection and anesthesia. It is important to maintain at least a 100 grams of protein ingestion per day, a multivitamin and a iron tablet to ensure all the ingredients are present for normal healing.
The mommy makeover price is based on the anesthesia used (local vs sedation or general anesthesia), the facility (minor surgical suite, outpatient operating room or hospital setting) and if combined with other procedures. All pre and post operative care is included. Some preoperative laboratory analysis may be required (usually covered by your medical insurance).
The most important factor to consider is seeking the opinion and services of a skilled, experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in San Bernardino who are experts and offer options and techniques after massive weight loss. The Imagine Plastic Surgery staff uniquely provides the full array of both non surgical and surgical alternatives for the patient after massive weight loss, thus filling our motto of “One Goal, Many Options”. For more information, call and schedule a consultation.
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For over 30 years Dr. Hardesty, an award winning, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, has proudly served Riverside and San Bernardino counties of the Inland Empire, namely the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Upland, Corona, Chino Hills and Redlands. Additionally, we are pleased that patients travel from throughout Southern California, including Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, as well as other areas of America. We welcome one and all to our family of superior aesthetic specialists!
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