Post Weight Loss Surgery
Gastric Bypass Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery
Excess sagging skin is often a burden to those who have lost a significant amount of weight. No matter the weight loss method (lap band, gastric bypass surgery, vertical gastroplasty, or natural weight loss), many post bariatric patients experience difficulty walking, exercising and performing regular activities as a result of their excess skin. In addition, these patients often suffer from skin irritation and sores, as well as dissatisfaction with their body’s appearance after they have reached their weight loss goal.
Post-bariatric plastic surgery (also called post weight loss surgery, skin removal surgery, or body contouring surgery) refers to surgical procedures that remove the excess skin that results from massive weight loss. With these procedures, Dr. Linder can improve the mobility and appearance of several areas of the body including the arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
Ideal candidates for post-bariatric plastic surgery are men and women who:
- Have a significant amount of sagging skin as a result of weight loss
- Experience difficulty with physical activity due to excess hanging skin
- Are at or near their ideal weight
Dr. Linder offers a number of body contouring procedures at his Beverly Hills plastic surgery practice. Many of these procedures can be combined into one surgery or performed along with other procedures, such as liposuction or breast augmentation, to achieve optimal results. A consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Linder will help to determine the surgical plan that is right for you.
- Arm Lift – Removes excess skin from the upper arms
- Breast Lift – Removes excess skin and lifts the breasts to a more youthful position
- Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) – Tightens the upper and lower abdominal muscles and removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area
- Panniculectomy – Removes the “apron” of skin that often hangs from the lower abdomen after massive weight loss
- Body Lift – A single surgical procedure that removes skin from the abdomen and buttocks, as well as the inner, outer, and/or posterior thighs
The cost of post-bariatric plastic surgery varies significantly depending on the number of procedures desired and the degree of correction necessary. Since the body lift procedure incorporates several procedures into one, the cost is significantly less than if the procedures are performed separately. Dr. Linder will provide you with a cost estimate during your initial consultation.
Surgery Time Table
|Preoperative||Patient is started on an intravenous antibiotic (Ancef, Cipro and Vancomycin).|
|Surgery||Surgery can last four to six hours depending on the number of procedures performed and the degree of correction needed.|
|Recovery Room||At least one hour, which is required by federal law in Medicare.|
|Day 1||The dressings will be changed, and the patient will wear post-surgical garments to increase comfort and help with swelling.|
|Week 1||Any drainage tubes will be removed at a follow-up appointment.|
|Week 2||Sutures will be removed at a follow-up appointment.|
|Week 6||Most swelling has dissipated by this time, and patients feel comfortable resuming exercise.|
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Age A Concern With Post Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery can be performed on adults of any age as long as they are in good physical health.
Are Skin Removal Procedures Performed In A Hospital Or Surgery Center?
Surgery is performed at Brighton Surgery Center, a Medicare-licensed surgery center in Beverly Hills, California.
Are These Procedures Covered By Insurance?
Some post bariatric surgeries are covered by the patient’s health insurance if they are considered reconstructive in nature. Each insurance provider has different criteria for coverage.
How Much Pain Should I Expect?
General anesthesia will keep patients asleep and pain-free during the procedure. Dr. Linder will prescribe pain medication after surgery to help with any discomfort during recovery. Compression garments also help to reduce swelling and keep patients comfortable.
Will There Be Scars As A Result Of Skin Removal Surgery?
Any time skin must be removed from the body, scars will be present. The longest scars usually result from arm lift surgery, tummy tuck surgery, and body lift surgery. However, scars will fade significantly with time. Scars from tummy tuck surgery and body lift surgery can typically be hidden beneath most styles of swimsuit bottoms and underwear.