Facelift After Weight Loss - Excess Skin Removal After Bariatric Surgery
Many obese people have large round faces and full heavy necks. As morbidly obese people lose weight, their faces lose their youthful fullness- resulting in an older appearance than when they were obese. Today, with the advent of bariatric surgery, it is not uncommon for many patients to lose 100 pounds or more. Weight loss can exacerbate the aging process; the skin becomes loose and saggy as fat decreases, heavy lines appear, and the neck sags giving the person a “turkey neck”. The appearance of heavy lines around the cheeks, beneath the eyes and jowls gives a “St. Bernard look.” Doctor Jacono regularly performs face and neck lifts on those who have taken control of their health and lost the weight. In the quest for better health, Doctor Jacono has noticed these changes in appearance can be somewhat troubling to the person losing weight.
Facelift After Weight Loss Patient 1. This patient had bariatric surgery and due to her massive weight loss was left with stretched out skin along the neck and jawline. She underwent a post-bariatric surgery face and neck lift. Her jawline has good contour post-op and looks natural.
These dramatic changes in appearance can often have a negative psychological effect on the patient. These changes may also affect the employment ability and personal interactions of the morbidly obese person who is losing weight. People in sales and other professions where appearance is crucial need to look their best. Others may feel like strangers in their own bodies as they look in the mirror and don’t recognize the person looking back at them.
Facelift After Weight Loss Patient 2. This patient lost over 100 pounds that resulted in excessive loose skin around the cheeks and jawline. He underwent a post-weight loss deep plane face lift to redrape the skin of the cheeks, jawline and neck.
Facelift after Weight-loss Options
Luckily, there are options. Cosmetic surgical procedures can restore facial contours and get rid of excess skin. A facelift combined with a neck-lift is an excellent option for patients who lost a significant amount of weight. This will help them not only to look younger, but to have their face match their new and healthier body. Other procedures may be performed at the same time if indicated. At your consultation, you will discuss the areas that are most troubling for you.
Because of the large amount of excess skin, incisions that begin at the hairline are necessary. These incisions are hidden inside the ear and down along the hairline behind the ear if necessary. There is an extra incision under the chin to repair the neck muscles in front of the neck. The benefits of these procedures are that they: remove and lessen wrinkles, tighten sagging areas, and remove excess skin-revealing the face that the patient was always meant to have.
These procedures are usually performed in our surgery center with the patient going home afterwards. Drains may or may not be used to evacuate any residual light bleeding and are often removed the morning after surgery.
Patients are usually presentable to be seen in public in a week or two after surgery. Of course, the recovery process takes time and results will improve as swelling decreases and post-operative ensue.
You have made the commitment to health and should be very proud of that decision. Don’t let a sagging face prevent you from looking and feeling your best.