Dr. Gonzalez describes what happens to a woman's skin once she loses weight due to bariatric surgery.
Well, most women will have excessive sagging skin after bariatric surgery. You could imagine that these bariatric operations will cause weight loss. The fat disappears and then the sack, or the skin that’s covering that fat, will sag, and therefore, plastic surgery and reconstruction of the abdomen, the breasts, the thighs, the legs, any of those areas may be necessary.
Remember, plastic surgery is a cosmetic procedure. It’s not really always necessary, and it’s really a personal choice of the patient. There are a couple of factors that usually will take into account whether a woman will need plastic surgery: the amount of weight they lose, how rapid they lose the weight, and the age of the patient.
Obviously, a younger woman will have more elastic skin and will recoil and may need less plastic surgery as opposed to a woman who is a little bit more advanced in age.
About Dr. Gonzalez, M.D.:
Anthony Gonzalez, M.D., is a general and bariatric surgeon at the Baptist Hospital of Miami and South Miami Hospital. He has been practicing medicine for more than 10 years and focuses his interest on bariatric surgery and laparoscopic surgery.