ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS SKIN SURGERY
Achieving substantial weight loss is an accomplishment that requires months (or even years) of hard work and extreme dedication to a lifestyle change. In many cases, men and women who have succeeded in shedding excess pounds experienced improved health, stamina, mobility, and overall quality of living. However, extreme weight loss often comes with one major drawback: loose, hanging skin. Patients who have met their health goals through losing weight may still be a few steps short of attaining the body they want.
To address excess skin left behind by significant weight loss, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino performs post-weight loss skin removal surgery. This treatment is a series of procedures that are developed and customized to suit your unique situation and meet your goals. If you've lost a large amount of weight but feel disheartened by unwanted skin, contact Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Doylestown, PA to set up your private consultation.
"After consultations with many plastic surgeons, Dr. Tamburino was by far the most knowledgeable and detailed. I’m so thankful I found him and I would recommend him over and over. Not to mention his staff is so welcoming and incredibly helpful. If you are thinking about a surgery/cosmetics this is the GUY to go to. Can’t say enough good things!"- M.M. / Google / Feb 05, 2021
"I was very reluctant to get a face/neck lift. I thought about it for a few years and it was seeing myself on video calls day after day that sealed the deal for me. I had heard from a friend that Dr. Tamburrino was an excellent plastic surgeon and decided that I would suck up the drive from South Jersey to Doylestown based on the recommendation. I am so glad I did! My neck and face have been restored to a much more youthful look and amazingly there are no tell tale signs of surgery. I feel a whole lot better about myself and my family and friends are very complimentary (and I think a few of them are now considering surgery for themselves). Dr. Tamburrino is a thorough , knowledgeable and accomplished surgeon who I put complete trust in and I'm forever glad I did!"- G.F. / Healthgrades / Jan 29, 2021
"The decision I made to put myself first and go see Dr. Tamburinno changed my life in the best way possible. I have never been more happy with myself and am grateful to him for being so knowledgeable and talented. From start to finish his staff is amazing and helpful beyond words ..... I have recommended him to many close friends and will continue to do so!! Lindsay Curtis"- L.C. / Google / Jan 29, 2021
"Dr. Tamburrino changed my life. After two failed breast implant surgeries after a double mastectomy, Dr. Tamburrino created beautiful breast and nipples that look amazing. He gave me back my life. I owe him everything and recommend him to anyone who needs reconstruction. And on top of that he has an amazing personality, I received amazing care. "- M.F. / Healthgrades / Jan 21, 2021
"Dr Tamburino is exactly who you hope for when faced with a difficult breast cancer surgery! He is a highly skilled surgeon, who is also caring and honest. He will tell you exactly what you need to know (though not always what you might want to hear) to get you through the long haul of surgery and reconstruction. I have had breast cancer with a bilateral mastectomy, chemo, radiation & expanders for reconstruction and have been going to Dr T for over a year. I feel now that he is the only plastic surgeon who was able to get me through my complicated journey. He always had my best interests at heart. I would recommend him to all my family and friends!"- M.D. / Google / Jan 08, 2021
WHO GETS LOOSE SKIN SURGERY?
The patients best suited for skin removal surgery are those dealing with loose tissue following massive weight loss or weight fluctuations that have occurred over time. Generally, severely loose skin presents itself more frequently in men and women who have lost 100 pounds or more, but hanging skin can also be visible in the early stages of weight loss. For individuals who have stretched skin that hangs and gets in their way, Dr. Tamburrino at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa can develop a personalized after weight loss surgery treatment plan that meets their needs. During your procedure, any unwanted skin will be excised, lifted, and tightened for a slimmer, more taut appearance.
HOW IS IT DONE?
Plastic surgery to remove loose skin is often considered a major treatment. This surgery utilizes general anesthesia and lasts between 3 – 7 hours, depending on the combination of procedures performed. In most cases, an overnight stay is necessary. A form of liposuction is often utilized during the procedure to remove pockets of fat, which is then followed by skin removal. This surgery does require longer incisions than less invasive cosmetic surgeries so varying degrees of scars will be associated with this treatment. During surgery, every effort is made by Dr. Tamburrino to make the incisions as discreet as possible. Dr. Tamburrino or a member of his team will give you comprehensive scar healing instructions for an effective outcome. Some of the procedures that are commonly done as part of an after weight loss surgery treatment plan are:
- Arm lift
- Tummy tuck
- Lower body lift
- Breast lift
- Body contouring
What to Expect
When you are released from our care, it is important to schedule enough time to rest at home. Small drainage tubes may be implanted near the incision sites to help minimize swelling, and compression garments will be provided to reduce swelling. For most patients, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until they can resume low-impact activities; however, depending on the complexity of the surgery, this period could be more lengthy. Dr. Tamburrino finds that most of his patients are fully healed around 4 – 6 months. This surgery can be life-changing and produce noticeable outcomes that are immediate and dramatic. Although the healing process can be lengthy, many find that the benefits reaped from surgery far outweigh the downsides.
after WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY FAQS
What procedures will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Common areas that are addressed during this treatment are the stomach, butt, thighs, breasts, neck, and arms. During your consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will listen to your concerns and goals before performing a full physical examination of your body to assess loose skin. Once he has understood your goals and studied the areas of concern, he will give you his suggestions on what should be part of your after weight loss surgery.
When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
When you have lost a significant amount of weight, the areas of loose skin will be noticeable. It's usually around this time that you should schedule your initial consultation at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa to learn more about your post-weight loss surgery options. In this initial consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will discuss the procedures that might be part of your personalized surgical plan. Before moving forward with surgery, you need to be at or near your goal weight.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
Your recovery will depend on your surgical plan. If you had many areas treated, you should plan more time for your recovery. In your consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will talk to you about what you should expect during your recovery and what may help you be more comfortable. Follow-up appointments at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa should be scheduled so Dr. Tamburrino can assess your progress.
A CONTOURED FRAME
Losing weight is a tremendous accomplishment that should be recognized and congratulated. Patients who are able to shed excess pounds are often able to improve their total health, as well as their quality of life. However, losing weight can often cause loose, hanging skin that prevents you from fully enjoying the benefits of your new health and body. Thankfully, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino offers after weight loss surgery for patients across Doylestown, PA. If sagging skin is keeping you from wearing the clothes you want and living your life to the fullest, contact Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa and learn about your options.