Complement and Enhance Your Bariatric Surgery Results with these Procedures

procedures after bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is one of the most effective treatments for chronic obesity. Unlike diets, which usually cause metabolic damage and eventually lead to further weight gain, bariatric surgery confers lasting weight loss, with most patients maintaining at least 50% of their initial weight loss five years after surgery.

If you’re considering bariatric surgery, it’s important to know that having cosmetic surgery after weight loss can improve your quality of life and ensure optimal weight maintenance. Post-bariatric surgery is used to remove excess skin and improve body contours, creating a leaner, more shapely physique.

What is Post-Bariatric Surgery?

Post-bariatric surgery is not a single procedure; instead, this term usually describes a personalized surgical plan that encompasses multiple operations. Which procedures you need after substantial weight loss will depend on your gender, age, and personal goals. Any of the following procedures can be included as part of post-bariatric surgery:

Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy tuck surgery is frequently recommended for both men and women who have lost a large amount of weight. This procedure removes loose skin and any remaining excess fat from the abdomen, creating a flat, taut tummy. During abdominoplasty, the abdominal muscles are also repaired, if needed. (The wall of tissue that connects the lateral portions of the abdominal muscles can become torn from the strain of bearing excess weight.) Repairing these muscles is strongly advised not only for aesthetic reasons but because weakened or damaged abdominal muscles create an increased risk of back problems and hernias.

Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery removes excess skin from the thighs via incisions along the groin or above the hips. Thigh lift surgery creates leaner leg contours and improves patient comfort, especially during exercise, by reducing jiggling and chafing. This procedure can also be used to lift and firm the buttocks.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

During arm lift surgery, loose skin and unwanted fat are removed from the upper arms. This procedure gets rid of unflattering “bat wings” comprised of hanging skin below the arms and makes it easier for patients to achieve visible muscle definition after working out.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Female breasts contain a high percentage of adipose tissue, so they often shrink substantially after massive weight loss. This process creates excess skin, causing the breasts to sag and become flat or oblong in shape. Breast lift surgery raises the position of the breasts on the chest wall and restores round, youthful breast contours. This procedure can also improve breast symmetry and reduce the size of areolae that have become stretched over time.

After significant weight loss, some women discover that they miss having larger breasts. If you would like to restore some of the breast volume that you lost after having bariatric surgery, you should ask our doctors about combined breast lift and augmentation surgery. This procedure combines breast contouring with the placement of breast implants.

Arrange a Post-Bariatric Surgery Consultation

You’ve done the hard work of losing weight—now it’s time to reveal the new “you.” If you’re ready to pursue post-bariatric surgery, our caring team of doctors can help. Contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg at (540) 371-7730 to learn more about body contouring after weight loss.

Body Contouring After Bariatric Surgery: What You Need to Know

Those unexperienced with weight loss assume that once the pounds are gone, the journey is complete. Anyone that has lost a substantial amount of weight will tell you that losing the weight is only part of the battle. After massive weight loss stretched out skin remains causing many people embarrassment and distorting the body’s shape. Post bariatric cosmetic surgery can remove this excess skin and help you finish your transformation. Losing weight is a lot of work and post bariatric surgery can help you enjoy your hard earned results.

Why Should You Consider Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss?

There are many reasons to consider body contouring after massive weight loss. One of the primary reasons is your self-esteem. Many people that have undergone weight loss struggle with feelings of insecurity in relation to their excess skin. Body contouring can help you to love your body again.

Self- esteem isn’t the only perk from body contouring. Many patients find that their clothing fits much better after surgery and that the surgery allows them to wear more fitted clothing that they would be able to otherwise. Additionally excess skin can be uncomfortable and cause chaffing, rashes, and even infections.

Am I Ready?

Are you ready for post bariatric body contouring? If you’ve lost massive amounts of weight, you might be a good candidate. Here are some other factors to consider:

  • Timing– Generally it is best to wait a few months after weight loss before getting surgery. This will help your weight to stabilize and gives your skin time to shrink as much as possible.
  • Amount Lost–  This procedure is best completed when you’ve lost the majority of the weight you plan to lose.
  • Clearance from Your Doctor– For the best possible results, both for your body and your health, it is a good idea to get clearance from your doctor before considering post bariatric surgery. You should be in good health without any chronic conditions that may interfere with healing.
  • Realistic Expectations– Body contouring can transform your body, but it is important to set realistic expectations. Skin that has been stretched will never return to the same condition as skin that has not. Talk with your surgeon before surgery about what you can expect from the procedure.

If you’ve lost large amounts of weight, give us a call at 540-371-7730 and ask about post bariatric body contouring. Losing weight is only half of your weight loss transformation. You’ve lost the weight, let us help you with the rest.