ICLS’s resident female plastic surgeon has been working with PDWL (Post Dramatic Weight Loss) patients for years. Losing any amount of weight, whether it’s just a few pounds or a significant number, can be an exciting and life changing process. Following a dramatic weight loss, most people are ecstatic about losing the weight and living a healthier lifestyle, but often want to eliminate some of the excess skin that remains. Whether such dramatic weight loss is achieved through adherence to a strict diet and exercise regimen, or through bariatric surgery such as gastric by-pass or lap banding, many people have the same goal of eliminating the excess skin, since this too can be a central part of the transformation process.
Dr. Khanna will often recommend body lifting procedures to help eliminate excess skin and give patients the confidence and body contour that they desire. It is not uncommon to have such reconstructive body lifting surgeries performed in stages to ensure safety and the best overall result. Common surgical procedures following a major weight loss include; Arm Lift (Brachioplasty), Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Thigh Lift – Buttock Lift and Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty).
It’s important to understand that following dramatic weight loss, the surgery that is right for you is extremely individualized. Just as no two people carry weight the exact same way, dramatic weight loss can affect the body differently, with differing areas of concern.
In addition to changes to the body following dramatic weight loss, many patients seek to improve the look of their facial skin. Whether it’s volume loss, wrinkles or tone or texture, weight loss can significantly affect the appearance of the skin. There are a variety of both surgical and non-surgical facial procedures to improve the look of the face and facial contour including facelift, brow lift, fillers, Botox®, Profractional and fat transfer. However, just like with the body, weight loss affects each person differently, and an individualized treatment program can be recommended to suit individual needs and concerns.
With her extensive experience and in-depth conversations with PDWL patients, Dr. Khanna understands that having surgery is just one step in the process of moving towards and maintaining a healthy body and mind. She will be the first one to say, surgery is not the be-all-to-end-all. Surgery is just one step in the process, to help patients improve the way they look on the outside, and also to reflect the way they feel on the inside. As a result, she was asked to share her insights at the Credit Valley Clinic during a recent seminar for patients following dramatic weight loss. Some of the patients were already considering surgery post weight loss, and others were just there to learn and be educated on the process and possible outcomes.
When describing her role, Dr. Khanna explained that she was not there to convince them that surgery is the answer. She describes herself as a consultant, who is armed with experience and expertise, and is therefore capable of helping them to weigh the pros and cons and make a decision that is right for them. If you have been through a similar experience of weight loss, and are interested in hearing what Dr. Khanna has to say, well you are in luck; ICLS made sure to tape the seminar in its entirety. The video and audio will be available on our Youtube channel by early February.
Lastly, Dr. Khanna’s most valuable resource on her team is Brenda. Brenda is most easily recognizable by her infectious laugh and positive attitude, and is a veritable expert in the realm of PDWL. She herself has been through a dramatic weight loss, and subsequent PDWL surgeries with Dr. Khanna. Brenda’s unique experience has made her Dr. Khanna’s official right hand woman in all PDWL matters. As a post-operative nurse, Brenda is there to help patients through their surgeries by offering support and first hand advice. We are the first to say that she is by far one of the best and most knowledgeable liaisons we could ever ask for.