What is After Weight Loss Surgery or Post Bariatric Body Contouring Surgery?
There are several variations of surgical procedures specifically for weight loss, referred to medically as bariatric surgery. Examples include surgically inserting a band or balloon around the upper stomach, or re-routing procedures like a gastric bypass.
Before you proceed, it is important that you are made aware that with massive weight loss (>50 lbs), you may be left with areas of excess skin. The common areas for excess skin include the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, upper arms, breasts, chest wall, upper back, neck and face.
Body contouring surgery is a trade-off: the result of a much improved body shape and size requires some scarring. This is something that must be considered strongly by all patients. Patients who are comfortable with this typically experience excellent results following body contouring procedures.
A rapidly growing subspecialty within plastic surgery, post bariatric surgery is designed to improve body contour in patients who have experienced massive weight loss.
Each patient has unique preferences, physical sensitivities, and degrees of skin excess. Dr. Eckhaus’ individualized approach to each patient may involve multiple procedures to best address all desired areas. But the end result is often extremely gratifying. After the incredible accomplishment of losing the weight, body contouring surgery helps patients reach their final goal of achieving the shapely physique they had so strongly desired.
Often multiple areas of excess skin can contoured at the same time. There are however, some procedures that cannot be safely combined, and this will often require a staged approach (often procedures are separated by 6-12 weeks). It’s quite common for massive weight loss patients to undergo multiple body contouring procedures:
- Abdominoplasty to address the abdominal skin issues.
- Buttock lift to correct droopy thighs and buttocks.
- Body lift to improve all three areas (abdomen, buttock and thighs).