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Cosmetic Surgery for Post-Massive Weight Loss

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DNB, MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, MS - Plastic Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Delhi  •  20 years experience
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Hello friends, I am Dr Abhinav Gupta, I am a consultant plastic and cosmetic surgery working at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi. Today I am going to talk about the very common topic and that is post massive weight loss body contouring. So what exactly is post massive weight loss firstly we need to understand that nowadays we are seeing a lot of people who are very obese and in fact, they are morbidly obese with a BMI (Body Mass Index) is more than 35. Now there are 2 ways in which patients lose weight, one is by a lot of exercise and dieting and the other way is bariatric surgery. So what we will see a trend of is, there are many patients who have lost a lot of weight for the period of one year, they come to us with lose, hanging skin from all over their body from their arms to the chest as well as abdomen as well as thighs and buttocks, which looks very bad. So they come to us for surgical corrections. So what we do exactly comes under the heading of pot massive weight loss body controlling. Now the next question which comes to our mind is what we do, there are multiple procedures which are required in these patients, they have lose skin of the arms, the chest, the abdomen as well as buttocks and the thighs. So we combine and try to do these surgeries in two sittings, in one surgery usually we do abdominoplasty, along with the thigh and buttock lift or a CBL or complete body lift. And in the 2nd sitting, we do chest with arms, usually, in the 1st sitting we prefer to do chest and arms and in a 2nd sitting, we do the abdomen and buttocks, many times in many patients we do this surgery in three sittings that depend from patient to patient. And another thing which comes to our mind after the surgery is recovery period. Usually, the recovery period for the abdominoplasty is 7 days to 10 days and wreaky plasty and chest surgery is 5 to 6 days and after the surgery is over, the patient is usually advised to wear pressure garments. So that the skin, whatever skin is that further come into shape. Usually, these patients are very gratified and very happy because all the extra skin is gone and this is a rewarding surgery for them.

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