Post Bariatric Surgery AFTER Massive Weight Loss

Post Bariatric Surgery AFTER Massive Weight Loss

Candidates:

Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight – sometimes hundreds of pounds – need to have excess skin and tissue surgically removed to make the area look more normal. The technique can be used on almost any body part, including the belly, thighs, arms, breasts, back and neck
Bariatric patients should wait about 1 to 2 years after their procedure before considering body contouring surgery. It can take a full year to reach your goal weight, and then another six months to a year for your weight to stabilize.
If you have lost an extreme amount of weight through other techniques, it is important that your weight stabilize before having this surgery.
It is also important to note that body contouring procedures are considered cosmetic surgery and not covered by insurance. Work with your doctor’s office to find out if your procedure will be covered.

Objective:

To improve the shape of the body by removing excess skin and tightening the muscles.

Incisions and technique:

Body contouring is surgery to improve the shape or contour of a person’s body. Liposuction is the traditional method for body contouring. It remains best suited for small, isolated deposits of fat that have only little extra skin.
The concept of body contouring can also be expanded to include procedures that alter and improve the overall shape of a patient’s body. For instance, as the number of individuals choosing bariatric surgery to lose a substantial amount of weight is climbing, body contouring can help these individuals take the final step to looking and feeling their very best.
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Operating Time:

5 to 6 hours.

Anesthesia:

General anesthesia.

Hospital Stay/Outpatient:

2-3 days stay in the hospital .

Risk

Surgery has risks, but you can help prevent complications by carefully following your physician’s instructions both before and after surgery. Talk with your plastic surgeon to be sure you understand the potential risks and complications. If you don’t understand something, ask!

Recovery Period:

Bariatric patients often have complex health issues. After carrying extra weight, many have developed diabetes, heart failure and other chronic conditions.
These existing conditions can mean that bariatric patients may need more time to heal after body contouring surgery..

Duration of the Results:

Permanent