Post-Bariatric Surgery Cosmetic Surgery
Losing a large amount of weight (40 kilos or more) as a result of weight loss surgery can be leave a person with large amounts of heavy, loose folds of skin around the abdomen, arms, thighs, breasts, buttocks and face. Skin can sag and lose elasticity as a result of being stretched for a long period of time. After significant weight loss, the skin often fails to shrink back to its former size and shape.Excess skin can make getting dressed a difficult job, limit mobility, and cause hygiene and medical problems.
Most of the times times, the only way to remove excess skin left after extensive weight loss is through body-contouring plastic surgery.
For optimal results, body contouring should not be done for approximately 2 years following the bariatric surgery. This time allows the skin to shrink as much as possible and your nutrition can be optimized.
Also known as a "tummy tuck," abdominoplasty involves removing excess skin and tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles.
A medial thigh lift, designed to remove excess skin from the upper leg, involves an incision along the inner thigh .
A number of breast procedures are available, including breast lift with or without augmentation (enlargement with implants) and breast reduction.
In surgery to remove excess skin from the arm (brachioplasty), an incision is made starting at the armpit and extending to the elbow.
Face and neck
Removing excess skin around the face or neck after weight loss is akin to a traditional facelift, except that more skin is removed.
A combination of surgeries may be done at the same time, as long as safety can be maintained. An "upper body lift" may include a combination of surgeries to the arms, back, and breasts/chest.
A "lower body lift" may include combination surgeries to the hips, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. The exact procedures to be performed at one time will be individualized by the plastic surgeon and patient. All surgeries are performed in the hospital under general anesthesia, and most patients stay in the hospital one to four nights. Most people can return to work after two to four weeks.