After Weight loss Surgery options

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Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and after working hard to lose so much weight either by diet, exercise or weight loss surgery, you may be discouraged to find that your skin drapes down in unattractive folds or looks damaged with stretch marks. This doesn’t happen to everyone, but if it happens to you, what do you do about it? Do you live with it or do you have it taken care of through plastic surgery?

Excess skin isn’t just a cosmetic issue. If your skin starts to sag, hygiene can become a major issue. Any skin fold can be prone to rashes, which are usually a type of yeast infection. Common areas are under the breasts, in the belly button, and above the pubic area and groin. Yeast infections occur as these areas get very hot and moist.

Chafing is another major problem, and this can occur between the thighs, under the arms, and in areas that rub against the bra. Wearing longer fitted garments on the arms and legs can decrease irritation and breakdown of the skin in these areas, but again, you may decide that surgery is your best option.

Plastic surgery following weight loss surgery will require individualised body contouring. In body contouring, excess skin and pockets of fat are removed from the abdominal area, thighs, buttocks, upper arms, and breasts. Body contouring may be done in one or multiple surgeries depending on your requirements. It can require several days’ hospitalisation, weeks off work, and a year until scars heal. A complete body contouring cost thousands of dollars. The total number of surgeries is usually spread over several months.

To determine Post Weight Loss Surgery cost will require a through assessment by your surgeon who will determine which surgeries will be of benefit and which order is best to have them to get the results that you after.

Where do you begin for body contouring after weight loss?
A Free photographic consultation with one of our Thailand plastic surgeon is the first step to learn how body contouring following major weight loss can help you achieve better health and an improved appearance. A face to face consultation is required once you arrive in Phuket and is designed to educate you about body contouring in a non-pressure environment, and will include:

  • A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual case
  • The options available in body contouring surgery
  • The likely outcomes of body contouring procedures and any associated risks or potential complications
  • The course of treatment recommended by your plastic surgeon

Evaluation
Overall health and personal outlook can greatly impact the outcome of your surgery. These will be carefully evaluated in your consultation with your plastic surgeon. The success of the procedure, safety and overall satisfaction require that you:

  • Honestly share your expectations
  • Fully disclose health history, current medications, the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Commit to precisely following all of your plastic surgeon’s instructions

Safety
By making the decision to consult with your plastic surgeon and following all the instructions given, you are taking an important step in helping to assure your safety.

Your Body Contouring
Your body contouring following major weight loss will be individualized to your specific conditions and the regions to be treated. The procedures necessary to achieve your goals will be defined along with a plan for the timing of these procedures.

Specific plastic surgery procedures that may be recommended for your body contouring include:

  • Facelift: to reduce sagging of the mid-face, jowls and neck
  • Breast lift: to correct the apron of excess skin hanging over the abdomen
  • Lower body lift: to correct sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs
  • Medial thigh lift: to correct sagging of the inner, outer and mid thigh
  • Brachioplasty: to correct sagging of the upper arms

Contact one of our Thailand Surgery Patient Consultants to be guided in what surgeries may benefit you, cost and recovery. You can also apply for finance to help with cost through one of the financial institutions who are experienced in surgery finance.


Post Weight Loss Cost Australia vs Thailand

Cosmetic Procedure Australia Thailand
Breast Lift with Implant (round) $15,000 $7,000
Breast Lift $10,000 $4,400
Mid & Lower Face Lift $15,000 $4400
Tummy Tuck (Standard) $11,000 $5,500
Liposuction (first Area) $4,000 $1,800
Arm Lift $8,000 $4,000
Thigh Lift $13,000 $4,700

What is Weight loss Surgery?

weight loss surgery

Obesity affects two of very three people. For those morbidly obese patients, dieting and exercise just doesn’t work. Their excessive weight adversely affects their quality of life and that of their families. They are in constant discomfort with aching joints and backs. They are high risk candidates to develop heart disease, diabetes or cancer. For them bariatric surgery which is a weight loss surgery is their only hope, and their last resort.

Bariatric surgery, a broad term that covers several types of gastric and intestinal surgeries. It works by either reducing the size of the stomach to limit calorie intake or by decreasing the amount of calories the body can absorb by surgically altering the small intestine. Examples of bariatric surgery include gastric bypass, gastric banding (lap-band, realize band), duodenal switch, gastric sleeve or roux-en-y procedures.

These Bariatric procedures can be life saving for may with long term studies showing that 23% up to 40% increase their mortality rate. Many other health issue either disappear or significantly improve with weightless.

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Diagram of an adjustable gastric banding

Adjustable gastric band
The restriction of the stomach also can be created using a silicone band, which can be adjusted by addition or removal of saline through a port placed just under the skin. This operation can be performed laparoscopically, and is commonly referred to as a “lap band”. Weight loss is predominantly due to the restriction of nutrient intake that is created by the small gastric pouch and the narrow outlet.  It is considered one of the safest procedures performed today with a mortality rate of 0.05%.

Vertical banded gastroplasty

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Diagram of a Vertical banded gastroplasty

Is also known as stomach stapling, is a restrictive operation for weight control. Both a band and staples are used to create a small stomach pouch. In the bottom of the pouch is an approximate one-centimeter hole through which the pouch contents can flow into the remainder of the stomach and thence onto the remainder of the gastrointestinal tract.

Many severely overweight people are able to lose a significant amount of weight and maintain their results with changes in diet and exercise. Others who have tried, but have had little success with various weight loss programs, find a solution with bariatric surgery.

Dramatic weight loss, however, can cause other types of aesthetic problems. Patients are often left with loose, sagging skin that no longer has the elasticity to conform to a slimmer shape. While the body shrinks, the skin does not usually shrink to fit the new slimmer shape.

Bariatric surgery, causes sudden and massive weight loss by changing the body’s physiology. It takes about a year for the body to adjust to its hampered ability to absorb calories and nutrition. It is recommended to wait one year after a bariatric procedure before undergoing plastic surgery. This give the body time to learn how to absorb vital nutrients necessary to heal, and time for the weight-loss to stabilize.

Unfortunately, neither exercise nor diet will help tighten loose skin. Only plastic surgery can do that.your surgeon will be able to assess your needs and specialises in all areas of reconstructive bariatric plastic surgery following extreme weight loss, endeavouring to help patients look and feel better in their skin. These procedures include tummy tuckbrachioplasty (arm lift)thigh liftface liftneck liftbreast lift, and breast augmentation.