When Can I Exercise After Extreme Weight Loss Surgery?
Losing a significant amount of weight and taking control of your health is certainly an accomplishment to be proud of. In addition to the physical benefits of weight loss, men and women often feel more confident and enjoy a more fulfilling social life after losing weight. However, one of the most frustrating side effects of extreme weight loss is loose, sagging skin. In many cases, the skin sags or hangs so severely that it interferes with normal activities and causes a host of other problems. Beverly Hills board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz is internationally recognized for his skill, experience, and innovative contributions to after weight loss skin removal surgery. Learn more about after weight loss body contouring surgery here, including how long you can expect recovery to take.
How can I tighten loose skin after weight loss?
In some cases, weight loss does not result in noticeably loose skin, such as when a person only has a few pounds to lose or loses weight at a relatively young age. As the skin loses elasticity with age, though, even mild weight loss may lead to some degree of loose skin. In this situation, nonsurgical skin tightening treatments may be a fantastic option.
However, there are a number of factors that make it difficult – or even impossible – for the skin to snap back to its original shape after weight loss, even with nonsurgical treatments. For men and women who were significantly overweight or those who were overweight for an extended period of time, the stretched-out skin may not have enough remaining elasticity to shrink down to fit the body’s new contour. For these patients, after weight loss skin removal and body contouring surgery is the only reliable and effective solution for getting rid of hanging skin and restoring a more natural-looking figure.
What’s included in after weight loss surgery?
Because every person’s concerns, goals, and overall health are different, Dr. Schwartz takes great care to customize each after weight loss procedure to best meet the patient’s needs. In some cases, a single body contouring procedure – such as a tummy tuck – may be all that is needed for the patient to achieve his or her goals. For patients with more severe or widespread concerns, a combination of procedures may be more appropriate. Most commonly, after weight loss surgery in Beverly Hills includes one or more of the following treatments and procedures:
How long is recovery after skin removal surgery?
The specific details of your recovery after skin removal surgery will depend on several factors, including your overall health, which procedures were performed, how much skin was removed, and how closely you adhere to Dr. Schwartz’ postoperative guidelines. Dr. Schwartz fully understands the desire to get back to your normal routine quickly and is proud to implement his signature Schwartz Rapid Recuperation® technique, when appropriate, to make recovery as efficient, successful, and comfortable as possible. This innovative practice utilizes a gentler form of anesthesia – in addition to a number of other tools and techniques – to help cut down on postoperative discomfort and recovery time. While every effort is made to keep recovery time to a minimum, extreme after weight loss patients should plan to take several weeks off of work after surgery and may need to wait 6 – 12 months to resume strenuous physical exercise and realize their final results.
When can I exercise after weight loss surgery?
Recovery after body contouring surgery can take several months, but the precise timeline may vary from patient to patient. For the first few days after excess skin removal with body contouring procedures, patients should expect some level of discomfort, bruising, swelling, and fatigue. Getting plenty of rest is critical during the first several postoperative days, though it is important to take short, frequent walks – such as to and from the bathroom – to promote blood circulation and reduce the risk of complication.
Because many Beverly Hills skin removal patients are in the final stage of a years-long weight loss transformation, resuming a regular exercise routine after surgery is a high priority for maintaining their lifestyle and physique. Depending on which procedures were performed, most patients can expect to return to the gym about 6 – 8 weeks after surgery, though Dr. Schwartz may recommend avoiding more strenuous activities for an even longer period of time.
Following your procedure, you will return to Dr. Schwartz’ office for a series of postoperative follow-up appointments to allow him to assess your healing and recovery. During these visits, Dr. Schwartz will be able to assess your progress and advise you on the safest and most appropriate plan for resuming your exercise routine. While Dr. Schwartz understands the importance of getting back to your normal activity level, it is also critical that you adhere to postoperative guidelines closely in order to avoid postsurgical complications, including compromising your results.
Say goodbye to excess skin after weight loss, and get the body you deserve with skin removal surgery in Beverly Hills, CA
After losing extreme weight, you certainly deserve to enjoy – and even show off - your stunning new physique. If loose, hanging skin is holding you back from getting the results you deserve, we invite you to call our expert team to schedule your Beverly Hills skin removal consultation with award-winning board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz. Don’t spend another minute being embarrassed about sagging skin and hiding underneath baggy clothing; call us today!