After you have bariatric surgery, you might feel better about yourself and realize the health advantages the surgery had, but you still may feel self-conscious because of the excess skin. Not to mention, this skin could cause irritation and a possible fungal infection.

However, you can undergo a plastic surgery procedure to remove the skin and regain your confidence, in and out of clothing.

How Can Plastic Surgery After Bariatric Surgery Benefit You?

If you still aren’t happy with your body after surgery due to sagging skin or fat remaining, a plastic surgeon can perform one or more body contouring procedures to alleviate these issues. The areas of your body where you may want to have body contouring include the following:

  • Face
  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Breasts
  • Upper arms
  • Neck

What Types of Plastic Surgery Benefits Bariatric Surgery Patients?

Plastic surgeons perform one or more of the following procedures on bariatric surgery patients.

Panniculectomy

This particular procedure consists of a plastic surgeon removing the skin hanging over the abdomen. During the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon makes a horizontal incision around the pubic area to remove excess fat and skin. One of the plastic surgeons on your team pull the remaining skin together and stitch it.

Abdominoplasty

If you have loose or excess skin or fat around your lower abdominal area, you can have the skin and fat removed through abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck.

Lower Body Lift

A lower body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes your hips, thighs, waist, and abdomen through an incision around your entire body. During your procedure, the surgeon removes loose skin as well as some of the fat from below the incision. In addition to this surgery, you may require an abdominal lift for optimal results. 

Breast Reduction, Augmentation, or Gynecomastia

Breast reduction makes your breasts smaller while augmentation can make your breasts look fuller. For men, plastic surgeons perform a procedure known as gynecomastia, which removes breast tissue. 

Breast Lift

A breast lift can correct sagging or uneven breasts. It can fix a decrease in breast volume as well as drooping or stretched nipples.

Liposuction

Liposuction is when a plastic surgeon removes fat in either your chest, hips, flanks, neck, knees, or upper arms. During the process, a cosmetic surgeon makes a small incision on the area where you’re having the procedure.

Next, he or she inserts a thin rod that tunnels through your fat. After, a surgeon pulls the fat through the rod using a high-powered vacuum hose. 

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift consists of removing extra fat and skin around your thighs. The goal of the procedure is to alter your thighs so they’re more proportionate. It also tightens and tones your thighs at the same time.

Upper Arm Lift

As you age or after a significant amount of weight loss, your upper arms can become flabby or loose. During an upper arm lift, the plastic surgeon removes excess skin and fat deposits around your biceps. 

Who Can Get Cosmetic Surgery?

Proof of Weight Stability

You must remain at a stable weight for at least six months after your surgery. Generally, a plastic surgeon won’t perform the surgery until two years after your bariatric procedure. In order to qualify for any of the aforementioned procedures, you must not plan on losing any more weight because it could harm your results.

Realistic Expectations

Before you have the procedure, you and your surgeon discuss your expectations of the surgery since your results may not meet your expectations. Various factors like aging, changes in weight, and your lifestyle choices affect the outcome. Keep in mind, as you age, you may experience sagging once again.

Scarring

Additionally, you must understand that scarring is inevitable, but your surgeon does take all the necessary steps to hide the scars in your body creases so they’re less noticeable. 

Overall Good health

In order to qualify for cosmetic surgery after weight loss, you must have overall good health. You can’t have conditions like diabetes or heart disease. If you do have any medical conditions that concern your plastic surgeon, you need to gain clearance from your primary health provider first. 

You have to eat a healthy diet since nutritional deficiencies may interfere with the results.

Quit Smoking 

Although you had to quit smoking for weight loss surgery, if you did resume smoking, you must quit again at least six weeks prior to having a cosmetic procedure.

Choose the Right Plastic Surgery for You

After you have bariatric surgery, you may not fully enjoy the results or you might suffer from chaffing as a result of the excess skin. However, one or more cosmetic procedures can help you achieve more self-confidence and eliminate any discomfort from the extra skin.

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