What defines a "massive weight loss pt"? Are there plastic surgeons that specialize in surgery for these types of pts?
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What defines massive weight loss?
There are some plastic surgeons who do specialize in post massive weight loss body contouring I being one of them.
The difference between body contouring in a patient who doesn't like there shape for whatever reason and someone who has had "massive weight loss " is:
There is significantly more skin to remove which typically has lost some elasticity. It is far more complicated to not only move the tissue appropriately but creative attractive curves in doing so. Incisions need to be longer and therefore there are potentially more complications.
There are many other reasons, suffice it to say that you should see someone who does specialize in this form of surgery.
Peter Fisher M.D
Considering Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss in Melbourne, Florida
What defines a massive weight loss patient?
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Body Contouring after Weight-Loss Surgery
Patients who are seeking body contouring after weight-loss surgery may differ from patients presenting for other reasons in several ways. One of the primary differences is the change in skin elasticity that occurs after a substantial amount of weight loss. This may result in the need for longer incisions in order to remove the excess skin needed to achieve the desired contour that conforms to the reduced body size. Plastic surgeons who commonly perform body contouring procedures are experts in placing those incisions along areas that may be hidden by most types of clothing.
Additional reasons that post-weight loss surgery patients may differ relate to nutritional status and other pre-existing health conditions that may impact their candidacy for surgery as well as the risk for potential complications. For those reasons, it is important to be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in body contouring surgery.
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