Plastic Surgery Following Lap Band Surgery*
When you lose your excess weight after weight loss surgery, it is very likely that you are going to be left with excess skin in the areas where you used to carry fat. While skin does have a degree of elasticity, it has its limits and your skin will probably not shrink as fast as the rest of your body. The resulting skin flaps can be uncomfortable and unsightly, and you may choose, like many bariatric surgery patients, to have plastic surgery to remove this extra skin. If you are considering plastic surgery, here are some tips to ensure you have the best experience:
- Read as much as possible beforehand to learn about the procedure. Having some knowledge in advance allows you to ask the right questions.
- Talk to several doctors to find the one who makes you most comfortable. Also, make sure you choose a surgeon who you can visit easily. You will need several follow-up visits, so your doctor should be convenient to the Naples area.
- Don’t jump the gun and go for plastic surgery too soon. You should give your body at least six months after losing the weight. This allows your body to compensate on its own first.
- Make sure that the surgeon you pick has experience working with weight loss patients. Ask how many weight loss surgery patients he or she has worked with.
- Make sure that the surgeon you pick is certified by the America Board of Plastic Surgery. This is one way to ensure that your doctor has the proper experience and training.
- Only opt for surgery in an accredited facility. This is for your own safety. Accredited facilities can include the surgeon’s office, a hospital, or a surgical center.
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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.