Post Bariatric Body Lift
If you are a patient in Houston who has lost a lot of weight from dieting, exercise or bariatric surgery (gastric bypass surgery), then you are probably wondering how to get rid of the loose, stretched skin that’s left behind and achieve the slimmer look that you hoped for.
Excess skin must be surgically removed through a body lift or body contouring plastic surgery. Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Basu is experienced with removing excess skin and fat after weight loss to create a natural look. After body lift surgery, you will have a slimmer profile and clothes will fit better, allowing you to more comfortably enjoy your new, lighter body.
What is involved in a post-bariatric body lift?
Post-bariatric surgery is performed to address excess loose and sagging skin and irregular contours of the:
- Tummy or abdominal area, locally or extending around the sides and into the lower back area
- Buttocks that may be shaped unevenly
- Thighs, including inner, outer, or posterior
- Groin area that may sag into the inner thigh
- Upper arms, including the armpit region
A surgical body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. Excess skin is removed and dimpled, irregular skin can be improved. Body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat.
Who is a good candidate for body lift surgery?
A body lift is appropriate for people who have maintained a stable weight, reasonably proportionate to their height and body frame, following post-bariatric surgery. Women considering future pregnancies are generally advised to postpone post-bariatric surgery, especially in the abdominal area, since pregnancy may diminish results. Body lift procedures may be performed on adults of any age who have realistic goals in mind for improvement of their body contour.
What kind of scars will I have after a body lift?
Although surgical body contouring does create scars, Dr. Basu takes care to place scars where they are inconspicuous, and if cared for correctly, the scars will fade with time. Most gastric bypass patients in Houston find that scars are an acceptable tradeoff for tighter skin and better body shape.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Basu will discuss your concerns with you and explain the details of plastic surgery following massive weight loss. There are a number of options to consider, including which plastic surgery procedures are needed to achieve your desired results.
Some liposuction is typically performed during post-bariatric surgery, in addition to procedures designed to lift and tighten sagging skin in select body areas. This helps to enhance the results for an overall more aesthetically pleasing body contour. Dr. Basu will work with you to determine a surgical plan that best suits your needs to create the results that you hope for.
Call Dr. Basu at 713.799.BASU (2278) to schedule a consultation or for more information about body lift or body contouring after massive weight loss. Feel free to review our body contouring before and after photo gallery to see how patients look after undergoing different procedures for post-bariatric surgery body shaping.