Surgery After Weight Loss
Surgery After Weight Loss | Stepanyan Surgical Arts Center
Surgery after significant weight loss is becoming increasingly common as individuals seek to resolve issues like excess skin and stubborn fat deposits. In 2022, the demand for post-bariatric body contouring procedures continued to grow, mirroring the national trend.
Here, Dr. Martin Stepanyan and Dr. Lee, both respected figures in the field of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, discuss the various options available to those who have undergone significant weight loss. Dr. Stepanyan’s and Dr. Lee’s expertise ensures that potential patients are well-informed about what to expect from post-weight loss surgical procedures.
Explore more about body contouring procedures in Glendale, Pasadena, and the greater Los Angeles area to confidently embark on your transformative journey. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Glendale body contouring specialists Dr. Stepanyan and Dr. Lee by contacting us online or calling 818-551-0088 today.
What is Surgery After Weight Loss?
Surgery after weight loss, often referred to as post-bariatric surgery, helps patients address the issues of excess skin and residual fat deposits that often accompany significant weight loss. Procedures such as body contouring help to reshape and tone the body, often allowing patients to feel more confident and comfortable with their appearance.
Dr. Stepanyan and Dr. Lee offer a range of procedures tailored to meet the needs of individuals post-weight loss. The most common areas addressed include:
- Thighs and buttocks
Technique and Process
Post-weight loss surgery begins with a consultation to assess the patient’s needs and desires. Incisions are strategically placed to minimize visible scarring, through which excess skin is removed and, if necessary, underlying muscles are tightened. In some cases, liposuction might also be used, but this is rare. The goal is to achieve a more toned, natural-looking contour.
The precise techniques used can vary depending on the area being treated and the extent of skin and fat removal required. For example, if the stomach is the target area, a tummy tuck might be a great option for surgery after weight loss. Both Dr. Stepanyan and Dr. Lee are skilled in advanced surgical techniques to ensure optimal results with minimal scarring.
What to Expect
Following surgery, patients can expect a more toned and contoured physique, which reflects the hard work they’ve put into their weight loss journey. It’s essential that potential patients understand that surgery after weight loss is not an alternative to weight loss, but rather a complementary procedure that can help them achieve the desired body contour once a stable weight has been reached.
Why Might a Patient Consider Surgery After Weight Loss?
Patients opt for post-bariatric surgery for a variety of reasons, which can be aesthetic, functional, or a combination of both.
After significant weight loss, individuals tend to have excess skin and residual fat deposits that affect their appearance and self-confidence.
Surgery after weight loss helps address these issues by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining skin for a more toned and contoured physique, helping patients enjoy a more positive body image and increased self-esteem. The most common aesthetic goals include getting a flatter abdomen, more toned arms, and a lifted, youthful appearance of the breasts and buttocks.
On a functional level, excess skin can cause discomfort, skin irritation, and even mobility issues. Surgery after weight loss helps to alleviate these problems by reducing excess skin and improving the body’s overall contour. Additionally, reducing excess skin can decrease the risk of skin infections and other related issues. Dr. Stepanyan and Dr. Lee are highly skilled at addressing the functional and aesthetic concerns of patients, providing personalized solutions to help them achieve a better quality of life post-weight loss.
Am I A Good Candidate for Surgery After Weight Loss?
Ideal candidates for surgery after weight loss are individuals who have achieved a stable weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure long-term results. Candidates should also be:
- Non-smokers, or willing to quit 6 weeks prior to and after surgery
- Free of any life-threatening illness
- Mentally prepared with realistic expectations regarding the outcome and the recovery process
Prior to committing to surgery after weight loss, a thorough medical evaluation is crucial to assess your overall health and the extent of excess skin. This will also help determine the most appropriate surgical plan to meet your goals. Patients with certain medical conditions may need to be cleared by their primary care physician or a specialist before proceeding with surgery.
A candid consultation with experienced surgeons like Dr. Stepanyan and Dr. Lee is an essential step in the process. They will provide a comprehensive assessment to ensure that surgery after weight loss is a safe and effective option for you.
Specializing in Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Martin Stepanyan is a Board Certified surgeon with over 15 years of excellent education, extensive training and over 22 years of successful practice in the field of Cosmetic &
Reconstructive Surgery and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Why Choose Dr. Stepanyan and Dr. Lee for Surgery After Weight Loss?
The outcome of your surgery after weight loss is significantly influenced by two factors: your own commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle post-surgery, and the expertise of the surgeons who perform the procedure. Understanding the importance of choosing the right surgical team for your goals is crucial for achieving the desired results.
Dr. Stepanyan and Dr. Lee are ideal choices for several reasons:
With over 22 years of professional experience, Dr. Stepanyan and Dr. Lee both bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to every procedure. Their expertise in the fields of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery makes them reliable and safe choices for your post-weight loss body contouring needs.
Employing advanced 3D imaging technology, Dr. Stepanyan and Dr. Lee provide accurate visualizations of expected results, allowing for precise planning and execution of the surgical plan. This level of planning and visualization is a distinct advantage, setting them apart from others in the field.
As board-certified surgeons affiliated with professional organizations, Dr. Stepanyan and Dr. Lee are committed to upholding the highest standards of patient care. Their AAAHC Accredited Surgery Center is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, prioritizing patient safety and satisfaction at every stage of the surgical process.
Surgery After Weight Loss in Glendale, CA
If you are seeking to refine and enhance your body contours following significant weight loss, look no further. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Stepanyan and Dr. Lee by clicking here or by calling 818-551-0088 today, and embark on your journey towards achieving a more toned and comfortable physique.
Los Angeles Surgery After Weight Loss FAQs
Scarring is inevitable with any surgical procedure, but Dr. Stepanyan and Dr. Lee are skilled in placing incisions strategically to minimize visibility. Advanced suturing techniques are employed to further reduce the appearance of scars, which will fade over time.
The longevity of your results will largely depend on maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle. Establishing a regular exercise regimen and balanced diet will significantly contribute to preserving your new body contours.
Anesthesia is used during the procedure to ensure patient comfort. Post-operatively, some discomfort, swelling, or bruising may occur, which usually subsides within a few days to weeks. Pain medication will be prescribed as needed to manage any discomfort.
Yes, it’s common for patients to combine surgery after weight loss with other cosmetic procedures for more comprehensive results. During your consultation, Dr. Stepanyan and Dr. Lee will discuss your goals and help determine if combining procedures is appropriate for you.