Surgical body contouring following the main weight loss improves the shape of the underlying support tissue while removing excessively sagging skin and fat. The result is a better proportioned view with softer lines.
Postbariatric surgical procedures may include:
In general, candidates for postbariatric surgery:
What should I expect during postbariatric surgery consultation?
Candidates who are considering shaping surgery on your body should be prepared for the following before the surgeon interview.
Your plastic surgeon:
The success and safety of your procedure depends on your integrity during the consultation. So be sure to ask your surgeon the questions below. It is very important to understand all aspects of the procedure of postbariatric surgery. It is natural to feel excited and a little worried about your expected new look or some preoperative stress. Feel free to discuss any concerns with your plastic surgeon.
What questions should I ask my surgeon about Postbariatric surgery?
Use this checklist as a guide during the postbariatric surgery surgery interview:
The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal and you need to decide whether the benefits will reach your goals and whether the risks and potential complications of body shaping surgery are acceptable.
You will be asked to sign approval forms to make sure you fully understand the procedure and all risks and possible complications.
Postbariatric surgery risks include:
These risks and others will be fully discussed before your consent is obtained. It is important to address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.
The procedures required to achieve your goals will be defined along with a plan for the timing of these procedures.
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are applied for your convenience during surgical procedures. Options include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – Incision
Whole body contouring procedures require large cuts to remove excess skin. In most cases, these incisions can be large.
The incision length and shape depend on the amount and location of the skin to be removed, as well as your personal preference and your doctor’s surgical decision. Advanced techniques often allow incisions to be placed in strategic positions where they can be hidden by most clothing types, but this is not always the case.
Postbariatric surgery is usually performed in stages. Your specific situation and goals and the thought of your plastic surgeon define how to plan the surgery.
While it may have taken you two years or more to lose your excess weight, your post-bariatric surgery surgeries may also take equally long periods of time.
You will be given specific instructions that may include:
When will you go to check your plastic surgeon?
Be sure to ask your surgeon specific questions about what awaits you in the healing process:
Care after post-bariatric surgery at home
ody shaping results are immediately visible after significant weight loss; however, it may take several years or more to see the final results.
Visible scars are something you need to accept to get a body distribution that suits your new weight and rate.
Postbariatric surgery results are usually long-lasting, provided you maintain a constant weight and overall fitness. As your body ages, it is natural for it to lose its tightness. However, the result is usually permanent.
Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no warranty. In some cases, it may not be possible to achieve the best results with a single surgical procedure, and another surgical procedure may be necessary.
Following your doctor’s instructions is critical to the success of your surgery.
It is important that surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, movement, swelling or abrasion during healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to take care of yourself.