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 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.