Skin Tightening on the Back After Weight Loss
By Sheryl Pilcher on March 16, 2018
Bariatric surgery is an excellent weight loss tool that can dramatically improve your quality of life. If you have recently undergone weight loss surgery, you probably have some degree of sagging skin. This is a normal byproduct of bariatric surgery, and it is important to tighten this loose skin to accentuate your results and reduce your risk of side effects. At Accent Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Sheryl Pilcher can perform body contouring after weight loss surgery. By performing skin tightening on the back after weight loss, she can help patients enjoy life to the fullest.
What Happens to Your Skin after Weight Loss
The skin is an amazing organ and it is incredibly elastic and resilient. The epidermis is constantly turning over new cells. However, the layers of cells underneath the epidermis – in the dermis and subdermis – are slightly different than the ones on the outermost layer. For this reason, the skin can become stretched out if you lose a substantial amount of weight in a short length of time.
Complications from Loose Skin
If you have sagging skin after weight loss, you understand the challenges that come along with it. For example, it can be quite difficult to move around efficiently, as the center of gravity has been altered. In some cases, it is almost impossible to exercise because of it. In addition to immobility, sagging skin can lead to medical complications such as rashes or infections in the folds of the tissues. In these cases, removing or tightening the skin is crucial for your overall health.
Back Lift Surgery for Improved Contours
After weight loss surgery, many patients develop areas of sagging skin on the upper back, lower back, and bra line areas. At Accent Plastic Surgery, Dr. Pilcher can perform a back lift to address these issues. During this procedure, a combination of liposuction and skin removal is used to reshape the areas of concern. This treatment effectively eliminates sagging skin to create firmer, smoother contours. Using modern techniques, Dr. Pilcher can perform this surgery as conservatively as possible. The incision lines will be strategically placed so that they can be easily concealed with clothing.
When to Consider Plastic Surgery
It is important to note that body contouring is typically reserved for cases of extreme weight loss following bariatric surgery. If you are simply trying to lose weight after a pregnancy, you will be able to tighten your loose skin through routine diet and exercise. Conversely, if you have been carrying around over a hundred pounds of extra weight for several years, you will most likely require some type of body contouring. Your treatment plan will be completely personalized according to your unique needs and cosmetic goals.
Who is a Candidate for a Back Lift Procedure?
To be considered for a back lift, patients should already be at their goal weight. For best results, your weight should be stable for at least six months or more. You should also be in good overall health and have realistic expectations of your results.
Contact Our Plastic Surgery Practice to Learn More
If you have developed loose or sagging skin after dramatic weight loss, a back lift or other body contouring procedure could be the solution for you. To explore your options, schedule a consultation at our San Antonio practice using our online form. Our team is standing by to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have regarding plastic surgery after weight loss.
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