After weight loss surgery, your body will be experiencing a decrease in size, which is always welcomed. Many people inquire as to whether or not cosmetic surgery will be necessary. Many things determine this including how much weight you lose as well as your build, skin condition, smoking history, age and personal desires.
It is generally advisable to lose the weight and allow your weight to stabilize for about 6 months. This is generally 18-24 months after your surgery. During this time, in addition to eating properly, we encourage you to exercise and condition your muscles.
Once you have stabilized with your weight loss, Dr. Turton can advise you of your options of removing redundant abdominal skin (a panniculectomy, which is sometimes covered by insurance) or seeing a plastic surgeon for “body contouring” or other cosmetic procedures such as removing the “bat wings”, breast augmentation, or even a face-lift.
Dr. Turton believes this is a great subject for discussion for your 1 year anniversary, but he is always willing to discuss enhancing the “new you” any time you have questions.