Post Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery is helping an increasing number of men and women in Northern Virginia and throughout the United States to overcome obesity. Procedures such as gastric bypass and LAP-BAND® have made significant, rapid weight loss more attainable, allowing thousands of Americans to enjoy a longer, healthier life.

In many people, massive weight loss results in excess lax skin that hangs from the body and distorts its new shape. This can cause both emotional and physical discomfort and keep you from fully enjoying your slimmer, healthier physique. Body contouring plastic surgery procedures are the answer.

At Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, our board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Heppe and Dr. Bautista, and board eligible surgeon Dr. Aflaki, specialize in procedures such as body lift, buttocks and thigh lift, and brachioplasty (arm lift) to improve body contours by removing sagging skin and tissue.

Body Lift

A body lift is actually a combination of procedures performed to reduce excess loose and sagging skin from multiple areas after substantial weight loss – typically following bariatric surgery. A lower body lift (also called belt lipectomy) focuses on the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and lower back. It is actually a combination of three body contouring procedures:

  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
  • Lateral thigh lift
  • Buttock lift

This procedure dramatically improves the contours of the lower body by eliminating excess skin, flattening the tummy and firming the outer thighs and buttocks.

Buttock and Thigh Lift

A buttocks lift and thigh lift procedure is used to eliminate the fullness and sagging in the buttocks, hips, and outer thighs that often remains after massive weight loss, particularly in women. A combined buttocks and thigh lift involves a belt-like incision that runs above the outer thighs and buttocks. The excess skin is removed, the remaining tissue is lifted, and liposuction may also be used to eliminate fatty deposits and create a slimmer contour.

Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

This procedure removes excess, hanging skin and tissue from the upper arms that can add bulk and cause discomfort. Our surgeons use an incision along the inside of the upper arm that typically runs from the elbow to the armpit. Excess skin is removed, remaining tissue is tightened, and liposuction may be incorporated to eliminate residual pockets of fat. The result is a slimmer, more toned appearance of the upper arms.

What You Should Know About Post Bariatric Surgeries

Many post weight loss patients require more than one body contouring procedure. In some cases, we can combine procedures, while other patients may benefit from having their surgeries performed in stages. Your plastic surgeon will advise you as to which procedure or combination of procedures will work best for you.

Most of these procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis at our fully accredited facility in Fredericksburg.

Please view our gallery to see some before and after image examples of our work on post bariatric surgery patients in various procedures including tummy tucks, fleur-de-lis, lower body-lift and arm lift surgeries.

Visit our fees and financing page to find out about the cost of body contouring procedures and how you can save if you receive more than one procedure at Plastic Surgery of Fredericksburg. We treat patients from Fredericksburg, Richmond, Fairfax, and beyond.

If you would like to find out if you may be a good candidate for post bariatric surgery, contact us online to request a free consultation, or call us today at (540) 371-7730.