Post Bariatric Body Lift Surgery
With the growing popularity of gastric bypass surgery to treat obesity we have seen a dramatic increase in patients seeking facial and body contouring after this procedure. The massive weight loss which occurs following bypass surgery results in excess, sagging skin.
Our goal is to remove the extra skin in affected areas and leave scars which are as inconspicuous as possible, helping you to better enjoy your healthier, leaner body after losing so much weight. Following your body lifting procedures, you’ll have tighter, smoother skin that both looks and feels better in clothing.
A Personalized Approach
No two patients have the same goals or needs with body lift surgery. At your consultation, Dr. Parker will listen closely to understand what you hope to achieve, evaluate your areas of concern, and explain your options to make your desired changes. A post-bariatric body lift is not a single procedure, but usually involves a combination of surgical techniques that are personalized to your needs.
Post Bariatric procedures commonly involve some combination of the following procedures:
Things to Consider
For your safety and to ensure the best possible results, it’s important that you are at a stable weight before undergoing plastic surgery after weight loss. Typically, Dr. Parker recommends waiting until one year after bypass surgery or when weight loss has plateaued for three to six months.
Post Bariatric Surgery
Dr. Parker performs all post-bariatric surgeries in our safe, fully accredited surgical facility, Surgiplex. Your general anesthesia is administered by our board certified, MD anesthesiologist. The length of the surgery depends on the exact procedures you are having. Patients who are having more extensive body lifting procedures typically stay overnight in our recovery suite, where our experienced surgical and nursing staff can monitor the initial recovery.
Body lifting procedures can be extensive cosmetic surgeries, and typically require a more lengthy recovery, particularly if you are having a tummy tuck or other procedure that involves muscular repair. Dr. Parker will explain the details of recovery for each procedure you are considering, so you can decide what’s best for you.
Our Signature Rapid Recovery Program
Most of our patients lead active lives and are anxious to return to their daily routine as soon as possible after surgery. With that in mind, we have developed our unique Rapid Recovery program. This involves surgical techniques, anesthesia, and pain medications as well as post-operative massages and skincare that are specially tailored to ensure your recovery is as quick and comfortable as possible.
Our “pain management protocol,” a key part of our Rapid Recovery program, is quite helpful in minimizing pain. The addition of a pain pump, which slowly infuses local anesthesia into the operative area for three days, virtually eliminates pain. Patients begin walking the day after surgery and can resume normal activities within seven to ten days. Light exercise can often begin at two weeks and return to full exercise at six weeks. During both your consultation with Dr. Parker and in your pre-op education visit with our Nurse Educator, your anticipated recovery will be discussed in detail.