Weight Loss and Skin Removal
Skin removal by surgery began in Brazil and France over 40 years ago, but the surgery was fraught with complications. Those who had put in the effort to lose weight and make themselves look better suddenly had a second problem to deal with: what to do with all that extra skin? While surgical procedures for the removal of excess skin have gotten a lot better over the years, a lot of folks still yearn for the possibility of a non-surgical solution to skin removal.
“Unfortunately, that doesn’t exist as of yet,” says one dermatologist from San Francisco. “People ask us about other procedures like CoolSculpting but unfortunately the excess skin must be removed surgically by cutting it off and then reattaching the site where the removed skin once was. Where medical science has advanced in this area is with the treatment of the scarring that inevitably results from that kind of a procedure. We are now really good at getting rid of scars left behind, so the results are significantly better than they were 40 years ago. The rate of success is much higher and the results are much better.”
For those who have gotten gastric bypass surgery or through diet and exercise have lost a great deal of weight, the effort was worth it.
“In terms of the scarring there are a number of different methods for removing scars, but the most popular method is laser surgery,” he continued. “And this is a relatively recent development as well. Laser surgery was once only useful on very superficial forms of scarring, but now we can get in there and get rid of deeper scars as well. The latest equipment can remove scars that are 4 mm deep into the skin. The general process is aimed at destroying the scar tissue and allowing new collagen to regrow. That’s only if the scar forms in an unsightly way. The idea is to keep the scarring to a minimum.”
For those who are wondering if going through the process of losing all that weight is worth it, the answer is that it most definitely is.
“Obesity is a major problem for Americans, and there are a lot of components involved in that, including some you can’t control like genetics,” he said. “But most of the work we do nowadays is sedentary. We sit in front of computers and at desks all day. Then we go home and sit on the couch. All that sitting around isn’t healthy. So there’s a lot of folks interested in weight loss, and diets can help, and where they fall short, there’s gastric bypass surgery.”
Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our services will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.
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