After Weight Loss Surgery Tijuana
After Weight Loss Surgery is a Surgical body contouring following major weight loss removes excess sagging fat and skin while improving the shape of the underlying support tissue. Dramatic weight loss has many benefits. But after weight reduction surgery, or any substantial amount of weight loss, the skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to conform to the reduced body size.
All body contouring procedures require large incisions to remove excess skin. In many cases, these incisions may be extensive.
Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as personal preference and your doctor’s surgical judgment. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing, but this is not always the case.
Body contouring is often performed in stages. Your particular condition and goals, as well as Dr. Cisneros best judgment, will all influence how your doctor defines a surgical plan.
While it may have taken you two years or more to lose all the excess weight, it may take equally as long for the results of your body contouring to be complete.
Body contouring procedures may include:
- Facelift: sagging of the mid-face, jowls, and neck
- Breast lift: sagging, flattened breasts
- Tummy tuck: apron of excess skin hanging over the abdomen
- Lower body lifts: sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs
- Medial thigh lift: sagging of the inner, outer and mid thigh
- Arm lift: sagging of the upper arms
What can I expect on the day of plastic surgery after weight loss?
- You will receive medications to keep you comfortable during the surgical procedure. Local anesthesia, combined with sedation, may be an option or you will receive general anesthesia. An anesthesiologist will be present to administer sedatives or general anesthesia and assist in monitoring you during surgery.
- For your safety during the surgery, various monitors will be used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.
- Dr. Cisneros will follow the surgical plan discussed with you before surgery. Once the operation has begun, he may decide to combine various techniques or to change a technique to ensure the best result. It is important that you feel comfortable and trust your doctor to make these decisions.
- Your surgical dressings will depend on the procedures you undergo and may include surgical drains.
- After surgery, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored.
- Before leaving for home, you (or someone looking after you) should feel comfortable emptying and resetting your drains.
- You may go home on the day of surgery or spend one or two nights in an aftercare center with a nurse, unless you and Dr. Cisneros have made other plans for your immediate postoperative recovery. Under no circumstances will you be permitted to go home alone or stay home without another adult present. Follow your doctor’s recommendation in relation to this decision.
Recovery time frame
Your recovery will depend on the specific procedures you undergo. When procedures are performed together, the benefit is a single recovery time. The first week will be the worst, and you will still feel like you are recovering for approximately two to three weeks.
- You may experience discomfort, swelling and numbness. You may be up and walking within hours of surgery, but you will require recuperation for several weeks or longer, depending on how much surgery you undergo.
- The recovery period is significant and can be intense the first few days. Your surgeon give you medications to control pain and discomfort so that you can move about and sleep as needed.
- You will likely go back for follow-up evaluation with Dr. Cisneros within five days. During this visit, your doctor can remove the drainage tubes. Swelling should subside within five weeks and the results are apparent within three months.
- By the end of the first week, you should be walking around the house frequently, but you will still be unable to drive. You may be comfortable enough to drive a car in two or three weeks or when all of your sutures and drains are removed.
- Swelling and numbness may take months to resolve. Fading and flattening of scars take three months to two years.
- You will probably need to wait 8 to 10 weeks after surgery before attempting any strenuous activities.