Obesity doesn’t happen overnight. It results from years and years of weight gain, which stretches out the body beyond a “normal body weight.” While bariatric surgery offers substantial weight loss in a short amount of time, patients can be left with uncomfortable and unflattering sagging skin. The more weight you lose, the more excess skin you can have.
That is where post-bariatric body contouring comes into play!
Why Undergo Post-Bariatric Body Contouring?
Once the rapid weight loss begins, patients are left with large rolls of excess, saggy skin to tuck away or conceal under their clothes. Changes in the lower abdomen (pannus or apron), upper arms, thighs, and other areas become noticeable and upsetting. At the same time, hanging pockets of the coat can cover the buttocks and groin, which causes irritation and hygiene issues from constant rubbing between skin folds.
To have a total body transformation, patients can undergo cosmetic surgery after bariatric surgery.
What is a Total Transformation?
A Total Body Transformation is when a bariatric patient undergoes plastic or cosmetic surgery after losing significant weight. For example, if a gastric sleeve patient loses over 100 pounds, they may want to have their stretched-out skin by their thighs surgically removed to complete their transformation.
These post-bariatric cosmetic procedures include:
- Excess Skin Removal (Panniculectomy)
- Body Lift (Upper/Lower)
- Mommy Makeover
- Tummy Tuck
- Arm Lift
- Thigh Lift
- Breast Augmentation/Lift
- Brazilian Butt Lift
- Skin Tightening
Here are real-life patients who have undergone a Total Transformation: life-saving weight loss surgery and post-bariatric plastic surgery.
Do you qualify for excess skin removal?
If you are interested in body contouring and finishing a Total Transformation, there are factors to consider. With body contouring, the various incisions can cause permanent scarring. Fortunately, surgeons make sure that these scars are as unnoticeable as possible.
Here are several factors in qualifying:
- At least six months of weight stability
- General good health without chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease
- Recommended two years after weight loss surgery
- At least six weeks of being smoke-free
- Healthy eating habits
Body Contouring can also be a lengthy process, and patients should prepare for the procedure mentally. Weight gain and other lifestyle decisions can also impair and reverse the positive impacts of these surgeries. You and your certified plastics surgeon can schedule this elective surgery on an in-patient or out-patient basis.
Contact a Coordinator at Mexico Bariatric Center to see which surgery option is best for you.