Common Post Bariatric Procedures

By Carmel Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons on August 12, 2011

Given the obesity epidemic, it’s no surprise that more and more people are turning to surgical weight loss options to help lose weight and avoid the adverse health conditions associated with obesity and morbid obesity. After undergoing bariatric surgery, the body will go through a number of major changes as a person loses weight. Given the nature of the laxity of skin, one's skin can stretch out quite a bit as one puts on weight.  However, it can only retract so much. As a result, many people who experience major weight loss are left with an abundance of excess skin and a number of body contouring issues.

Indianapolis area plastic surgeons Dr. Elizabeth A. Grasee and Dr. Debra C. Bergman have helped many patients deal with body contouring matters over the years. There are different surgical procedures that they can use when trying to sculpt a trimmer, shapelier, and more appealing figure for people who have lost a lot of weight and are dealing with body contouring problems. We’d like to briefly cover some of the possible body contouring and aesthetic sculpting treatments that may benefit you and meet your needs.

Body Contouring After Bariatric Surgery

Post bariatric cosmetic surgeries will always target the stomach area and the trunk of the body. This is a given considering how weight is carried and distributed. One of the most common body contouring surgeries for post bariatric surgery is the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). The tummy tuck will target the abdominal region and eliminate the contour issues around the waistline. The extremities can also be addressed through arm lift (brachioplasty) and thigh lift surgeries. Essentially, many of these surgeries will be combined into a total body lift in order to restore a nice contour and appearance to the torso and the limbs.

Breast Enhancement After Bariatric Surgery

The chest area will also be quite affected by major weight loss, and this goes for both women and men. It’s for that reason that many women who experience major weight loss often undergo breast lift surgery or breast reduction surgery. These two breast surgeries will reduce the drooping or sagging of the breasts that is common after losing a lot of weight. Some patients also undergo breast augmentation to improve the size and shape of the breasts by restoring volume following massive weight loss. Men who have a chest area that is drooping or perhaps effeminate-looking as a result of weight loss can undergo  male breast reduction surgery.

Facial Rejuvenation After Bariatric Surgery

But of course, the face isn’t free from contouring issues after major weight loss. The neckline can go through major changes when you lose a lot of weight. You may be left with a lot of loose or hanging skin, which is why a neck lift is an important surgery to consider after bariatric surgery. The face itself can go through major changes as well, which is why a facelift and various targeted facial rejuvenation options may be used to help ensure your overall appearance is enhanced.

If you would like more information about cosmetic enhancements after bariatric surgery or any sort of major weight loss, be sure to contact Carmel Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons today. Dr. Grasee and Dr. Bergman look forward to meeting you.

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