Dr. Mele is an Active Member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons
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Reconstructive Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery Following Extreme Weight Loss - San Francisco Bay Area | Walnut Creek, California
Many severely overweight people are able to lose a significant amount of weight and maintain their results with changes in diet and exercise. Others who have tried, but have had little success with various weight loss programs, find a solution with bariatric surgery.
Bariatric surgery, a broad term that covers several types of gastric and intestinal surgeries. It works by either reducing the size of the stomach to limit calorie intake or by decreasing the amount of calories the body can absorb by surgically altering the small intestine. Examples of bariatric surgery include gastric bypass, gastric banding (lap-band, realize band), duodenal switch, gastric sleeve or roux-en-y procedures.
Bariatric procedures are appropriate for life-threatening morbid obesity and most often produce extreme weight loss. Dramatic weight loss, however, can cause other types of aesthetic problems. Patients are often left with loose, sagging skin that no longer has the elasticity to conform to a slimmer shape. While the body shrinks, the skin does not usually shrink to fit the new slimmer shape.
Bariatric surgery, causes sudden and massive weight loss by changing the body's physiology. It takes about a year for the body to adjust to its hampered ability to absorb calories and nutrition. It is recommended to wait one year after a bariatric procedure before undergoing plastic surgery. This give the body time to learn how to absorb vital nutrients necessary to heal, and time for the weight-loss to stabilize.
Unfortunately, neither exercise nor diet will help tighten loose skin. Only plastic surgery can do that. San Francisco post weight loss surgery expert Dr. Mele is an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, and specializes in all areas of reconstructive bariatric plastic surgery following extreme weight loss, endeavoring to help patients look and feel better in their skin. These procedures include tummy tuck, brachioplasty (arm lift), thigh lift, face lift, neck lift, breast lift, and breast augmentation. If you have undergone successful weight loss and would like to find out more about plastic surgery to enhance your appearance, please contact our post bariatric plastic surgery practice in Walnut Creek, near San Francisco today.
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