You’ve done it! You’ve lost the weight, either from surgery or an intense weight loss plan, you’ve become physically active, and you’ve invested in a whole new wardrobe. And now, you quite literally don’t fit in your own skin. When considering bariatric surgery, many patients are now aware that plastic surgery afterwards may be desirous to remove extra skin from their arms or abdomen. What many are less aware of is that the same problems of excess skin can occur in the face and neck. Correcting these facial issues after major weight loss can require as much special attention as re-contouring the body after such a drastic change.

After major weight loss, the skin often hangs loose on the face instead of stretching over it, having lost its tone, elasticity and texture. “My patients have taken the most difficult, first step to health and self-esteem,” Dr. Bassichis says, “I am here to help them complete their amazing transformations.”

After ensuring the patient is both mentally and physically able to accomplish further surgery, Dr. Bassichis will evaluate the skin and underlying foundation of the face. The two aesthetic issues that often need to be addressed are the excess skin and loss of facial volume. “Paradoxically,” reflects Dr. Bassichis, “the body looks better when it has less volume but, the face looks better when it has more volume.” The excess skin is addressed first, usually with a facelift or necklift, which can be combined with other procedures such as a brow lift or blepharoplasty, depending on the individuals needs. Following this, Dr. Bassichis can address the issue of volume restoration in the face with FDA Approved facial fillers and/or fat transfer.

With the significant health achievement of profound weight loss already accomplished, Dr. Bassichis feels privileged to help patients rejuvenate their faces. “Helping my weight loss and bariatric patients reveal their best facial image, has an amazing effect on their self- image,” Dr. Bassichis expresses, “it is thrilling for me and my staff to watch our patients emerge feeling self-confidant and radiant as we unveil their beauty within.” Facial rejuvenation in this setting can be a psychological and emotional experience, as patients look in the mirror and are reunited with a version of themselves they haven’t seen in a long time.

Beautifully yours,

Dr. Michelle Bassichis

 

Benjamin Bassichis MD FACS is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas specializing exclusively in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face. To learn more about Dr. Bassichis’ plastic surgery procedures please call 972.774.1777 to schedule your consultation. www.advancedfacialplastic.com

 

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Did you know that the risks of surgery are significantly greater for smokers? Being that the majority of surgeries that we perform are ELECTIVE COSMETIC surgeries, we wanted to use this months blog to urge our patients not only not to smoke when they are having a procedure but in general NOT TO SMOKE EVER. But with regarding your elective surgery – do not CHOOSE to place your life at risk over smoking.

Surgical patients who are currently smoking, use tobacco products, or nicotine products (patch, gum, or nasal spray) are at a greater risk for significant surgical complications including but not limited to bad scarring, necrosis, hematoma formation, intraoperative bleeding, poor or delayed healing, hair loss, sloughing of skin (skin loss), infection, increased or prolonged bruising, and hyperpigmentation.   Individuals exposed to second-hand smoke are also at potential risk for similar complications attributable to nicotine exposure. Additionally, smoking may have a significant negative effect on anesthesia and recovery from anesthesia with subsequent severe complications, injury, and even death. Yes, people, I said Death.

In addition, while it has been excessively discussed by physicians and media everywhere now that we have your attention we will provide an incomplete list of the toxic and deadly other effects of smoking including: stroke; macular degeneration of the eyes; cataracts; thyroid disease; wrinkles and premature aging; stained teeth; cancer of the lips, mouth, throat, larynx, or esophagus, peripheral vascular disease; heart disease and heart attack; lung cancer; emphysema; asthma; liver cancer; aortic aneurysm; kidney and bladder cancer; osteoporosis; infertility; cervical cancer; leukemia; premature birth; weakened immune system; risks to fetuses and more.

As if the wrinkles weren’t enough.

Please be healthy and beautiful – and don’t smoke. Our Surgical Care Coordinator can recommend physicians to assist you with your success in quitting smoking today.

Beautifully (and Smoke-free) yours,

Drs. Michelle and Benjamin Bassichis

Benjamin Bassichis MD FACS is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas specializing exclusively in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face. To learn more about Dr. Bassichis’ plastic surgery procedures please call 972.774.1777 to schedule your consultation. www.advancedfacialplastic.com

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