Post Weight Loss Surgery
If you are visiting this portion of our website, we would first like to congratulate you on your success. You have likely lost a significant amount of weight either on your own or through a weight loss program or procedure. Many patients who have lost a large amount of weight are now encumbered by the significant amount of skin that is left behind. Post weight loss surgery can help.
For more information about post weight loss surgery, request a consultationrequest a consultation online to meet with one of our surgeons or call our office at (850) 654-1194. The doctors at Destin Plastic Surgery frequently treat weight loss patients from many areas of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, as well as people from around the nation and Europe. They are experts in the field of plastic surgery after weight loss.
Reasons for Post Weight Loss Surgery
Many patients who have lost this a significant amount of weight are thrilled with the way they feel and look in clothes, but are less than happy undressed. Most patients have a long list of concerns and therefore we must try to simplify things in effort to make decisions easier.
To simplify things we like to think of the skin of our body as the container and the fat as the volume. When you were heavier, you had a much larger container (skin) to hold this volume. Now that you have lost all this weight (volume) the container is too large for this smaller volume. So to make it quite simple, we need to tighten up the container or in essence tighten up the skin and muscles that have been over stitched from the weight gain and subsequent weight loss.
Face lifts, tummy tucks, breast lifts, arm lifts, and many other plastic surgery procedures for weight loss patients are all geared at doing just that, tightening up the skin and muscles! Depending on your age and previous pregnancies, varying amounts of skin will need to be removed.
In the process of removing skin it is important that we attempt to return your body to its most natural state and we want to avoid the old-fashioned "nip and tuck" style surgery. Drs. Burden and Ennis focus their efforts on tightening both the muscles and the skin so that we can achieve a long-term result that is pleasing to both the patient and the doctor. By tightening and correcting the underlying muscle laity, the skin will maintain the results for a much longer time than if the skin alone is tighten without tightening the underlying muscles.
Another important consideration is the associated scarring. Everything in plastic surgery is a trade-off between the improvement that you get and the resulting scar. Some procedures can be performed through a very small scar, which is almost invisible, but many of the skin tightening procedures require large amounts of skin to be removed thus necessitating larger scars. We have found our weight loss patients to be very accepting of these scars as they are achieving significant improvement in both their physical appearance and their self-image!
Dr. William R. Burden, MD, FACS and Dr. L. Scott Ennis, MD, FACS are known for their experience and dedication to staying in the forefront of leading technology in plastic surgery. Drs. Burden and Ennis not only treat many patients from Panama City, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Tallahassee, Dothan, Atlanta, and Birmingham but also from around the world. Many people travel from Europe, South America and Asia to Destin to seek out their services.
Dr. William Burden
An internationally renowned plastic surgeon who draws patients from near and far.
Dr. L. Scott Ennis
A renowned plastic surgeon devoted to achieving the optimal outcome for every patient.