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.

Weight Loss vs. Liposuction: What’s the Difference?

Having a quick, safe, and effective treatment for obesity could safeguard the health of millions of Americans. It’s therefore unsurprising that many people look to plastic surgery to help them shed excess fat when diet and exercise fail to yield meaningful results. Unfortunately, the role of liposuction in fat loss is widely misunderstood: This procedure won’t make a heavy person slim overnight, but it’s capable of doing things normal weight loss can’t. Here’s what you need to know before you schedule a liposuction consultation:

Understanding the Role of Liposuction

If you’ve ever seen “before and after” photographs of liposuction patients, you know what a dramatic difference this procedure can make in a person’s appearance. Most liposuction patients look like they’ve lost approximately 25 pounds when they’ve actually had between five and eight pounds of fat removed. These results, along with misinformation in the media, have led to the popular assumption that liposuction is a “weight loss” procedure.

The effectiveness of liposuction lies in its ability to remove fat from the key “problem areas” that we associate with looking heavy. A person might only be carrying five pounds of fat around his midsection, for example, but if it’s all packed into a distinct set of love handles, he’ll appear chubby. The same can be said of people who have a double chin even though they aren’t overweight, or who have unusually thick thighs. These individuals all have problems with fat distribution, not generalized weight gain.

Fat distribution issues, unlike generalized weight gain, can’t always be treated with diet or exercise. The idea that you can “spot reduce” fat is a myth: When you burn calories, stored energy is released from fat cells all over your body. Weight loss therefore produces a uniform reduction in total body size, regardless of whether you’re exercising your stomach, legs, or arms. No matter how much weight you lose, your proportions will stay roughly the same. This means that if you had a large belly and average-sized limbs before losing weight, you’ll probably still have a prominent stomach after losing weight—it will just be smaller than it was. These deposits of “stubborn” fat are what make body contouring procedures like liposuction a cosmetic necessity: Liposuction can permanently remove them without any of the risks associated with extreme dieting.

If you’re interested in having liposuction, you should view it as the last step in your weight loss journey. Before having this procedure, you’ll need to use conventional weight loss methods to reach a healthy BMI and reduce your total body size. After you’ve achieved this goal, analyze your body for any remaining areas of unwanted fat and decide whether or not you want surgery. If you think liposuction could help you put the finishing touches on the body you’ve worked so hard for, contact us. Our team will be happy to answer any further questions you have about this procedure.




Your Breasts After Weight Loss or Pregnancy

Few things are inevitable, but we can think of one: breasts get saggy. While this is true for most women at some point, it is almost a guarantee after losing a lot of weight or breastfeeding. The breasts you had before are never coming back on their own. What can you do? Give us a call for personalized advice and keep reading for some basic tips.

Breasts and Weight Loss- What Happens?

From the minute they develop, your breasts are fighting a war against gravity. At first, they have the benefit of substantial collagen and elastin stores which help keep skin smooth and tight. Over time the breasts change, becoming looser, saggier, and more stretched out. One researcher found that many different factors contribute to breast sagging including pregnancies and significant weight loss/gain (more than 50 pounds). One of the biggest contributors to sagging is smoking since it breaks down the elastin in the skin.

Surprisingly, breast feeding isn’t a major factor in sagging. It is actually the changes that occur to the breasts in pregnancy. Often these changes are first seen after breast feeding, but they would have occurred whether you breastfed or not. After pregnancy and breast feeding are completed the milk glands shrink substantially, leading to a big decrease in breast volume. The skin may also become stretched out due to post-partum weight loss and milk engorgement.

What Can I Do?

If you have sagging breasts, your best option is generally a breast lift. Breast lift surgery raises, firms, and reshapes the breasts. This is accomplished by removing excess skin and reshaping the remaining skin. The nipple position is also moved and the areola can be resized if necessary.

Many women opt for breast augmentation at the same time as a breast lift. If you have less breast tissue than you once did, a lift isn’t going to change that. Adding an implant can give you the size you want while the lift can give you the shape you want. We can help you determine if a breast lift alone or with implants will best achieve your aesthetic goals. During your consultation we can help you “try on” implant sizes to get an idea of what you’ll look like after surgery.

If you’ve lost weight or had a baby, your breasts are probably saggier than you would like. Give us a call today at 540-371-7730 to schedule your consultation to discuss your options.