GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - For many people, losing weight can be a huge challenge. And for those who are significantly overweight, it's also a serious health concern. Saint Mary's Health Care specializes in weight management and bariatric surgery and has provided thousands of patients with surgical options for permanent weight loss.
After having bariatric surgery, the weight quickly comes off, but many patients are left with the result of rapid weight loss, access skin. Following weight reduction surgery, the skin and tissues often lack elasticity and cannot conform to the reduced body size. As a result, skin that has been severely stretched now is unsupported.
Common concerns include:
- Breast ptosis, or droopiness, as well as a loss of breast volume
- Sagging of the facial skin
- Excess abdominal skin and a laxity of the muscles of the abdominal wall
- Hanging skin under the arm
- Wrinkling and excessive bagginess of the thighs
Surgical body contouring following major weight loss improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin, and removes excess sagging fat and skin. A body lift is appropriate for people who are of stable weight that is reasonably proportionate to their height and body frame.
Dr. Paul Kemmeter, the Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at St. Mary's Health Care, and a former patient, Sarah Macomber, talked with Terri and Rachael about Sarah's experiences with bariatric surgery and surgical body contouring.
For more information about weight loss and bariatric surgery options, attend one of two free seminars offered by St. Mary's Health Care. Seminars are offered on Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. Both seminars take place at Grand Health Partners. Call 616- 685-3333 or www.saintmarysweightloss.org for more information.
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