Plastic Surgery Channel expert Dr. Peter Rubin from Pittsburgh discusses body contouring and the ideal timing for undergoing contouring procedures post bariatric weightloss surgery.
Post significant weight loss, it can be distressing for patients to deal with the excess skin the results and impacts the quality of life after weightloss surgery. Medically as well, this excess skin gives rise to a host of problems such as skin rashes, eczema, and other infections. Numerous scientific advances have been made which help conquer these side effects of drastic weight loss and help a patient achieve their dream of looking and feeling their best.
Body Contouring after weightloss surgery can be achieved via a host of plastic surgery procedures, such as body lifts, breast lifts, tummy tucks have become popular means of effectively contouring the body to achieve the look and feel that one desires.
A lot of patients tend to become impatient in their quest for a perfect body and hence like to hasten the body contouring procedure to as soon as medically possible. However, Dr. Peter Rubin, who has during his many years of taking care of post bariatric weightloss surgery patients, refined the body contouring procedures, advises caution against rushing into a cosmetic surgery procedure before the body is ready to accept the weightloss surgery changes.
Dr. Peter Rubin is a renowned plastic surgeon who is a specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is also at the forefront of cutting edge research in the field of tissue reconstruction and its application to plastic surgery.
He suggests that there are three essential things that a patient must consider before going in for a plastic surgery consultation for body contouring. Firstly, surgeons prefer that the patient has reached a stable weight and has maintained the same for at least three months before coming in for a post bariatric surgery consultation. This would translate into the fact that the patient should be as close to their goal weight as possible and should not have had any major weight fluctuations in the past few months.
Secondly, he strongly urges that patients who go in for contouring consultations have accepted a new way of life and are committed to making significant and lifelong changes in their diets and lifestyle. Agreeing to adopt a healthier lifestyle and choice of food goes a long way in helping to repair the body after a significant weight loss. Post a body contouring procedure, having an erratic diet schedule and not maintaining a lifestyle geared towards wellness could reverse all the positive effects of the contouring as well as the bariatric surgery.
The third important component that Dr. Peter Rubin looks at while giving advice regarding the time for post bariatric weightloss surgery is that patients should have given due consideration to their problem areas and the areas that they especially want to work on and perfect. Having a proper understanding of what areas one should concentrate on to achieve good health and a good body image will go a long way in making the body contouring procedure a success.