The road to significant weight loss is long and difficult. Those who have made it are often left with significant excess tissue, some fat and usually a lot of skin. This redundant skin can be a source of chronic irritation with even normal activity, discomfort, interference with exercise regimens, rashes and difficulty with clothing. Frequently, the last remaining stigma of one’s obesity is the excess skin.
Plastic surgery after massive weight loss generally termed “body contouring.” The term has gained acceptance because the surgeries required after massive weight loss span the entire body from facelifts and necklifts to breast surgery, abdominal surgery, thigh lifts and even back and lower body lifts. Often, individuals who have lost considerable weight require multiple surgeries on different areas of the body. Although some of these procedures can be combined, many patients require a staged approach in order to keep the surgery and anesthetics safe.
Dr. Kaufman completed a full general surgery training program at Case Western Reserve University and has been performing plastic surgery reconstructions on patients after massive weight loss for over a decade. This experience provides Dr. Kaufman with a thorough understanding of the metabolic consequences of weight loss, the anatomy involved, and the effects of years of obesity on the character of the skin.
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