Plastic Surgery After Gastric Bypass

Plastic surgery after gastric bypass surgery can provide patients with acceptable ways to deal with what can be large and unsightly amounts of loose skin following drastic weight loss from bypass surgery. Many patients, losing over one hundred pounds, have drooping skin in the arms, stomach, thighs, breasts and buttocks. And whether it is for hygiene or for looks, plastic surgeons are being kept busy by the success of the tens of thousands of gastric bypass surgeries that have brought about amazing weight loss results. Both patients and surgeons face some unique issues when there has been weight loss that may have equaled half of the person's total body mass before the surgery. There reason for all of this is due to the extraordinary success of bariatric operations.

Plastic surgery after gastric bypass is needed because of the nature in which the operation causes the patient to lose weight. Obesity has been called the new American detrimental health epidemic with as many as 40% of all Americans being identified as having at least a body mass index of thirty or more. With more and more people remaining inside in the summertime thanks to the proliferation of air conditioning, lack of exercise and the continued swell in the use of processed foods has helped create the newly identified epidemic. With obesity comes a whole new wave of health concerns that often were not in consideration until a person reached his senior years. Heart problems, diabetes, joint pain and arthritis are all affecting many in their thirties and forties now, and it is possible that the Boomer generation may be the first generation to actually suffer a decline in the average length of a life span because of obesity.

Plastic surgery after gastric bypass is necessary in many patients because the operation creates a very small stomach pouch from the rest of the stomach. In Roux en-Y surgery, which is the most popular procedure, the small pouch, creates a new stomach about the size of a golf ball. This new stomach is then connected to the small intestine, bypassing the original stomach altogether. Type 2 diabetes is often reversed, blood pressure can be made normal, apnea can disappear and acid reflux can be dissipated, all as the result of this operation, but may not be true for all patients. But if the patient stays true to the strict diet and the amount of food that is allowed with the new teeny stomach, weight loss can be dramatic and then plastic surgery after gastric bypass surgery is needed.

A look at the many websites that deal with plastic surgery after gastric bypass will show some, well, shall we say, rather revealing photos of people who really had some loose skin problems once their weight loss was realized. There is no doubt that in many of these cases, the patient would have extreme difficulty in finding clothes to fit over what often are major protrusions of skin. It can be a difficult situation that a person who has been morbidly obese faces once the weight has been shed. One of the helps that the medical community offers to patients immediately after having the bypass operation is what is called body shaping compression garments. These are form fitting items that put pressure on the places where the most weight is going to be lost, usually beginning with the abdomen. As the weight loss progresses, the compression from these bandage-type items helps the skin to contract naturally and also reduce the amount of swelling from fluid building up under the skin. Plastic surgery following bypass surgery, usually occurring about two to three years after the surgery is complete, is aided quite significantly by the use of these compression type garments.

The actual techniques used for plastic surgery after gastric bypass include abdominoplasty and liposuction. Abdominoplasty usually involves the cutting of extra skin around the abdomen area and redraping the remaining skin around the muscles, with the surgeon pulling the skin as tight as possible before reattaching. Liposuction is exactly what it sounds like-sucking out fat in places weight loss may not have occurred, especially in the chin and love handle areas. Our extra weight that many carry can make us want to hide from others, but God knows every intimate thing about us. "If I say, 'Surely the darkness shall cover me', even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee." (Psalm 139: 11, 12)

Many people who are obese don't start out that way and for others overeating and the lack of exercise has been a lifelong experience. Certainly the long term implications of over eating don't always enter one's mind when in the middle of self destructive behavior that has a pleasure factor to it. But the long road a person faces in trying to lose a hundred pounds or more through a weight loss operation and the plastic surgery after gastric bypass is daunting and filled with both the good and the bad. Good in the sense that destructive weight that may shorten life and bring a litany of medical dysfunction is gone, but bad that there comes a day when a dark realization dawns. Most people who carry a lot of extra weight envision their lives being so much better if they were thinner. But even if the plastic surgery after gastric bypass goes well, there is the stark reality that the many emotional issues that drove the overeating are still there.

Gastric Bypass Plastic Surgery

Gastric bypass plastic surgery may be the second surgical phase that morbidly obese patients face following drastic weight loss due to a bypass operation. Estimates as high as forty percent of Americans being obese are keeping plastic surgeons busy all over the country with patients who have lost as much as half or more of their body mass over a two or three year period. While the risks of the bypass surgery can be lengthy, many who have struggled with a lifetime of obesity are saying enough to the struggle and are looking for help outside of them to finally shed the weight. The medical effects of obesity are well known including increased risks for heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer and other diseases that can be deadly. Many people cannot fit into an airline seat and must order their clothes from special manufacturers. Facing the risks of an operation for gastric bypass plastic surgery pale in significance to the pain many have faced with a life of dragging around an extra person's body mass wherever they go.

In recent years tens of thousands of gastric bypass surgeries have been performed each annum. As a result there is sometimes one hundred or more pounds lost, with rare cases of three hundred pounds lost, but, and how can this be said delicately, the skin is still there of a five hundred pound person. In some surgical websites, there are pictures of skin that look like sheets hanging off the ones who have lost so much weight. Arms, stomachs, thighs and breasts can look quite unappealing, and so there is little doubt why so many then seek gastric bypass plastic surgery. But not only is there the cosmetic side to this issue, but gastric bypass plastic surgery is also sought because despite the weight loss, many with so much extra skin now face the same dilemma as before: finding it difficult to locate clothes that fit.

This surgery is so successful because of the genius of its design. The operation consists of a surgeon stapling the top of the stomach into a very small pouch and connecting the small intestine directly to that pouch, bypassing the remainder of the stomach altogether. The result is a two ounce pouch that can hold about a tenth of the food that the person was used to consuming before the surgery. In the months following the surgery, the weight starts dropping dramatically, and if the patient stays on the eating schedule and eats only what he or she is instructed to eat, the weight continues to drop until in many cases, there is almost half body mass lost by the end of the third year. But while exercise can be increased dramatically as the weight loss occurs, the excess skin does not disappear, no matter how many sit ups are done. So the gastric bypass plastic surgery is often not just an option to consider but a necessity, if a person is going to enjoy the full benefits of the weight loss.

There is, without a doubt, miraculous change possible for the obese person who has been approved for and goes through with the bypass operation. There are a lot of reasons why people are obese, and it is quite easy for a person with normal weight and may not really struggle with the issue day in and day out to cluck his tongue in disapproval and even possibly in disdain. Gastric bypass plastic surgery can often reshape a person's body in such a way that the tongueclucker might never know that the patient was formerly the one disdained. But the obese person often wrestles with inner demons that may be there for a lifetime, far beyond the time of looking "normal" again. These same inner struggles can be with the skeletal anorexic or the seemingly normal looking bulimic who hides her addiction with a flush of the toilet in the posh restaurant. Gastric bypass plastic surgery can perhaps turn the duckling into a swan but the pressure to eat when lonely or angry or worried or stressed is one that must be overcome, or the little stomach pouch will eventually become large again. From the pen of the psalmist David comes these appropriate words: "I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works and that my soul knoweth right well." (Psalm 139:14)

There is no doubt that a person's weight that has reached twice the normal body mass needs some kind of intervention in his life and bypass surgery just may be one of the options that a person might want to consider, along with lap band surgery also. A person will have to understand that in most cases health insurance will not cover this thirty thousand dollar operation and even when that is over and the weight loss is completed, the gastric bypass plastic surgery that may also be required is also probably not covered under most insurance programs. But the person facing such a daunting challenge as morbid obesity should not throw up his hands in defeat, but rather seek out counseling programs that will help one deal with those inner powers that push a person to over eat. The world, with its screwed up system of values may judge overweight people as less than those who are svelte, but God does not judge that way, and His opinion is the only one that counts. Seek out a person who will help fill your mind with the words of God's love for you. It may be the beginning of a life changing difference.

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