Post-Bariatric Reshaping

An Overview

Bariatric surgery or gastric bypass has increased in popularity as a treatment for obesity and has allowed many women and men to transform their bodies and their lives with significant weight loss. Bariatric patients work hard to re-shape their bodies through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. However, following weight reduction surgery, the skin and tissues often lack elasticity and cannot conform to the smaller body size. As a result, skin that has been severely stretched is now unsupported and patients are left with excessive amounts of hanging skin. Surgical body contouring following major weight loss improves the shape and tone of your underlying tissue and removes excess sagging fat and skin. The most common procedures associated with body contouring after bariatric surgery include:

Tummy Tuck
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Belt Lipectomy
Commonly called a Body Lift
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Breast Lift
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Brachioplasty
Commonly called an Arm Lift
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Thigh Lift
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Neck or Facelift
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Each patient is different, so the combination of procedures will be tailored to suit your individual needs and goals. Recovery time will also vary depending on the procedure or combination of procedures you have performed.

To see if plastic surgery after bariatric surgery and major weight loss is right for you or to schedule your free cosmetic consultation, we invite you to contact our office and speak with Katie Garmon, Dr. Parker's Patient Care Coordinator.


ABOUT PLASTIC SURGERY

Plastic surgery is a specialty that can be divided into two groups: cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal body structures and improve a person’s appearance. These procedures may not be considered medically necessary, but are performed, instead, to increase a person’s confidence and self-esteem. Liposuction, breast augmentation and tummy tucks are some of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery.

Reconstructive surgery involves those procedures performed to correct abnormal body structures caused by birth defects, trauma, burns, infection or disease. These types of reconstructive surgery include breast reduction, breast reconstruction and treatment of skin cancers. Reconstructive surgery is usually covered by health insurance.