After Weight Loss Surgery (Post-Bariatric Body Contouring) – Atlanta, GA*

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After Weight Loss Surgery

Those who experience major weight loss are usually ecstatic, having moved past a big hurdle in life. In some cases, however, while their new shape represents a proud accomplishment, oftentimes they will face additional frustrations. This is because of the stretched out skin that remains on the body. Massive weight loss often leaves men and women with skin that cannot shrink to the new, slimmer figure. No matter where the skin deformity resides, skin removal surgery is necessary to reduce this issue. Dr. Fara Movagharnia, a board-certified plastic surgeon at the Center for Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, performs skin removal surgery to his Atlanta, GA patients. This usually is a life-changing procedure and is also the last step in their personal transformation.

Ideal Candidates

The best individuals for skin removal and tightening surgery are those who are dealing with loose skin due to losing a significant amount of weight. In most cases, this upset is seen early on as the body gets smaller. If weight loss has caused stretched skin, after weight loss surgery at the Center for Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery can reduce the skin issue and secure the remaining tissue for a tighter and healthier appearance. It's recommended that patients be near a healthy weight before having this procedure.

Surgical Technique

After weight loss surgery is typically considered an invasive treatment. This surgery utilizes general anesthesia and lasts between 3 – 7 hours, varying based on the number of procedures being performed. For most patients, a hospital stay is necessary. Liposuction is often incorporated during the procedure to remove isolated fat pockets, followed by skin removal. Surgical skin removal does have the need for longer incisions than other cosmetic procedures, so scars will be a part of this treatment. During this procedure, every effort is made by Dr. Movagharnia to create the incisions as discreetly as possible. Dr. Movagharnia or a member of his team will give you in-depth scar treatment instructions for a healthy outcome.

What to Expect

When you are released from the hospital, you will need to schedule enough time to rest at home. Small tubes for draining may be inserted near the incision locations to help minimize swelling and drainage, and compression garments will be provided to limit swelling as well. For most patients, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until you can begin resuming everyday activities, but, considering the complexity of the surgery, it may take longer. Dr. Movagharnia finds that most of his patients are recovered in around six months. After weight loss surgery can be a life changer for patients, with noticeable outcomes that are immediate. Once healed, you can wear clothing you were not able to wear and become active without excess skin getting in your way.

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Losing weight is such a tremendous accomplishment and we are so happy for you if you finally met your weight loss goals! If sagging and wrinkly skin is a new frustration, Dr. Movagharnia invites you to learn more about your alternatives for after weight loss surgery. Contact the Center for Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery in Atlanta, GA today to schedule your consultation.

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