Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery to help weight loss

Before or After Weight Loss?

Plastic Surgery BEFORE Weight Loss

If you are significantly overweight and have been unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically-supervised dieting, then you could be a candidate for surgical weight loss.

Here is an overview of the most common surgical procedures that could help you lose weight:

Type of Plastic Surgery Description Return to Normal Activity In
Gastric Bypass

During gastric bypass surgery, your physician makes changes to your stomach and small intestine.

It aids weight loss by:

  1. Restricting the amount of food your stomach holds
  2. Limiting the amount of calories your body absorbs.
3-5 weeks
Gastric Banding

Like gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding decreases the size of your stomach. An inflatable band is placed around the stomach, creating a smaller pouch for food to pass through.

Typically, patients will only be able to eat ½ - 1 cup of food after surgery before feeling too full.

6-8 weeks
Sleeve Gastrectomy

During this surgery, your plastic surgeon will remove approximately 75% of your stomach.

What remains is a narrow tube, or sleeve, which connects to the intestines.

4-6 weeks


** It is important to note that although these surgical procedures may help you lose pounds, they do not eliminate food cravings nor replace the need to exercise for optimal well-being **

Plastic Surgery AFTER Weight Loss

Plastic surgery after dramatic weight loss aims to reduce excess skin and fat left behind. Its goal is to restore the body to preferable proportions by eliminating sagging skin around the face, neck, upper arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks and thighs. 

You may consider plastic surgery after weight loss if:

  • You have sagging skin in multiple areas including the face, neck, breasts, arms, abdomen, back and thighs.
  • You have maintained your weight for approximately one year.
  • You are in overall good health.

At Okanagan Health Centre, a private surgical hospital in Kelowna, we offer our patients safe and effective body contouring procedures to help you achieve lean, toned figures and rejuvenate your contours.

Type of Plastic Surgery Description Recovery Period
Liposuction

This safe and effective plastic surgery procedure improves your figure through the precise targeting and removal of isolated deposits of fat using suction.

It allows you to resculpt specific areas of the body and works best for patients within 10 lbs of their ideal weight.

Most liposuction patients can return to work within a few days and resume normal activities within about 2 weeks.
Abdominoplasty

Also known as a ‘tummy tuck’

This plastic surgery flattens the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the muscles in your abdominal wall.

Most patients are able to return to work 3 weeks after an abdominoplasty and resume normal activities after 5 weeks.
Facelift Removing excess skin around the face or neck after weight loss is similar to a traditional facelift, except that more skin may have to be removed. Patients can return to a relatively normal routine after 2 weeks.


To learn more about options that could help you reach your body goals, contact our private surgical hospital located in Kelowna at (250)-868-9799 or toll-free at (877) 505-8895.


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